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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Scottish Cup 
Victoria United 1 - 6 Orion
Kick Off:          Thom 5, ?, ?, Leggatt, ?, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
Startling Vietory for the Stripes!
These teams met at Wellington Grounds in miserable weather. There was an enormous attendance, the new grand stand being completely packed. The teams were: Victoria United: Edwards; Foote, Ririe; Morrice, Stewart, Davidson; Turner, Benzie, Sutherland, Moonie, Clark. Orion: Cannon; H. Mackay, Ross; Wright, Dawson, Currie; Flaws, Thom, Gloag, Fraser, Leggatt.

Sutherland kicked off, and the Orion at once showed their superiority, Thom scoring the first goal within a few minutes of the start. Repeated attacks were made by the visitors, and the United goal escaped narrowly on several occasions. The Orion were playing a beautifully combined game, their forwards working like one man, while the United never appeared able to settle down to their stride. Once they had an opportunity to score from a corner, but Sutherland made a bad attempt, and allowed the Orion to get down the field. They kept the home defence busy for a time, and ultimately Gloag beat Edwards with a lucky header. Within a few minutes a third was added, and at half-time the United had failed to score. The second half opened with the Orion pressing, but a foul brought relief to the United. They were not able, however, to pierce the sterling defence of the Orion for fully ten minutes, but at the end of that time Moonie, by a clever bit of work, was able to send in the first effective shot. This, unfortunately for them, proved to be their only point, while the Orion, playing with splendid dash, put on three additional goals. Towards the close the play became more open, but the visitors always held the whip hand. Time was called with the scores standing: Orion 6 goals, Victoria United 1 goal.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 16th October 1893

If any argument were wanting as to the popularity of the good old Cup tie matches, it was supplied on Saturday by the huge gathering which assemblet at Wellington Grounds to witness the match between the Orion and Victoria United in the third round of the national trophy. Since our last visit to the home of the "Iron Dukes" the pitch has been altered to suit the laws of the ruling powers, and a much-needed improvement effected in the erection of a grand stand, which was taxed to its utmost capacity. As a rule Cup tie matches are devoid of interest, the play hardly ever getting beyond mediocrity, but on this occasion the Orion lads treated the spectators to a beautiful exposition of scientific football, the whole combination working into each other's hands in capital order. The Blues on the other hand were completely "taken on the hop," and from the time Thom opened the scoring five minutes from the start till No. 6 was registered, they never once gave a glimpse of anything approaching the brilliancy of execution which pervaded the work of the Central Packers. Indeed, so completely were they routed that even their own supporters could not but admire the all-round excellence of the play that wrought such dire disaster upon their fancy. There were no "ifs" or "ands" about it; it was a pure case of superior manipulation of the sphere without the assietarce of a particle of luck. In the absence of Willie Stewart the Vics. behaved like as many sheep without a shepherd, and though the weakest spot lay in front, the back divisions exercised very bad judgment in their placings, being apparently more concerned in getting quit of the ball than in placing it in a position to suit those before them. On the other hand, the Orion forwards were piled with neat passes from the halves and backs, who seldom indulged in reckless and fruitless long kicks, while the whole team backed each other up in the most unselfish way. As we begin this notice, so we end It - "Science prevails!"

Short Kicks.

General surprise was expressed at the defeat of the Vics., but we confess we were not "Knocked in the Old Kent Road."
In fact we were in a way prepared for it.
Listen !-" Will the Wellingtonians follow in the footsteps of the great Duke? Perhaps, but the 'little corporals' from 'Recruiting Park' may surprise them by going 'Nap'"
This appeared in ours of the 7th, so that you will observe we had a alight fancy for the Stripes.
They didn't go "Nap," it is true, but you will grant this, it was a weak card [Mooney] that spoiled the hand.
The victory was indeed a glorious one, and was rendered all the more meritorious in that it was gained by the all-round excellence of the play of the victors.
It was a pleasant game, too, for a Cup tie, and almost entirely free from the rough element.
The referee had a good deal to do with this, as from the beginning he held a tight rein, inflicting the penalty indiscriminately and promptly.
His performance was one of the best on the field, and had we a few gentlemen of his class holding the whistle, play would be rendered more pleasant for player and spectator alike in these high strung tussles.
As to the players. Cannon behaved with admirable coolness under the slight fire of his old friends.
Ross tackled tenaciously and otherwise displayed wonderful judgment for a young player, and McKay, though scarcely so prominent, worked with commendable determination, and not a little success.
The halves presented a rare wall of defence, and completely shattered the opposing attack time after time, taking the ball from their opponents' toes and placing it prettily to their own men.
Wight and Currie should be bracketed, with Dawson a good third.
The latter was not so sharp in hie tackling as his companions, but when he got in, his kicks always went to the proper place.
The F.P. goes out of its way to throw a stone at Dawson for tripping, while others who were guilty of more pronounced fouls it leaves severely alone, which is decidedly unfair to the Orion lad.
We saw the trip, and thought it accidental, and we guess we are as "right-minded" as the F.P. reporter.
The beautiful forward play of the Orion quintet fascinated friend and foe alike.
There was no dilly-dallying in front of goal, but sterling earnest work, the various players letting fly on every available opportunity.
Selfishness was at a discount, one and all working in concerted action in their endeavour to get the sphere past Edwards.
Gloag in centre may not have been seen to the same advantage as Thom and Leggat, but to any keen observer of the game his was the master hand which gave those players the opportunity of distinguishing themselves.
Billie's tackling was sharp, decisive, and prettily executed, while he made no mistake in his passings.
Thom was in great form, and fairly upset Ririe's equanimity, his dribbling, dodging, passing, and shooting being equally fine.
He is a rare goer, too, full of courage, and a trier from end to end.
Indeed, so brilliantly did Jim play, that the remark was general - "He ought to have been in the inter-county team."
Leggat tripped along in his gay old style, and Foote knew what it was to be there.
Tommie was in his trickiest vein, ever and anon coming down upon Ned in that tantalising way of his which so delights the onlooker and irritates the player who has to contend with it.
Their tussles were many and interesting, but the little 'un held his own easily, invariably outwitting his burly friend.
Leggat also divided honours with Thom in the matter of shooting - the first point (scored by Jim) and the fourth (by Tommie) being the best goals of the match.
Fraser made a distinct advance - passing neatly with head and foot, tackling with increased courage, and shooting straight and powerfully.
Flaws played finely alongside Thom, using his weight to some purpose in his movements.
Hie passes and centres were quite up to the standard of the best of his companions, while he also came to the relief of the defence on more than one occasion.
And what can we say as to the plucky but vanquished Blues?
Not much in the way of praise, as with the single exceptions of Edwards, Foote, and Morrice, there was scarcely a redeeming feature in their performance.
When they scored their one and only goal, we had hopes of their pulling themselves together, but when Leggat instantly came dashing along with No. 4 for the Orion it was all up.
Stewart was sadly missed. The Vics. require a master hand to keep them together, and it is to be hoped Willie will be able to fill his old place in the leading matches of the future.
Edwards was keen, active, and full of fight, but the dashing tactics of his erstwhile companions were too much for him.
With such a weak army in front of him, however, Dick did not disgrace himself by any manner of means, some of his saves being worthy of his high reputation.
Foote didn't shine in the tackling of Leggat, but he kicked grandly in the open, struggling most determinedly against his old Colours.
Ririe kicked very well, too, when he got a chance, but then that wasn't often, Thom and Flaws outwitting him at almost every turn.
Morrice was far in front of Davidson and Annand, playing with rare tenacity of purpose, but his kicking, though strong, was of little service to the forwards.
The impotent display of the forwards was the chief cause of defeat. There was absolutely no attempt at combination, and those who did get in front of Cannon - and he was visited a good few times - by individual effort shot shockingly wide of the mark.
If any one was better than another, It was Bennie, but he was so much neglected that he had no option bat to stand and look on.
Clark and Sutherland had some good runs, but they came to nothing simply through sticking to the sphere too long.
Clark is a great sinner in this respect, and will have to be talked to seriously.
Mooney, poor lad, got little encouragement from his partner, and seemed quite upset if by any chance the ball did get in his way.
He was terribly weak, but as he didn't get a fair go on Saturday, we will desist from criticising him further.
Rab's performance was too bad to be true, and as every player has a day off occassionally, perhaps Saturday was his. Anyhow we chall expect something better at his hads when next we see him stripped.
Frank Whitehead was an interested spectator at the match London Caledonians v Casuas ;ast Saturday, and had the satisfaction to see his brother Arthur pluck the game out of the fire by scoring the equalising goal (1 each). Arthur will have his old partner Williamson alongside of him today (Saturday) when Millwall Athletic will be faced.

Source: Bon-Accord, 21st Octomer 1893

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Edwards; Foote, Ririe; Morrice, Stewart, Davidson; Turner, Benzie, Sutherland, Mooney, Clark


Orion Teamsheet:  Cannon; H. Mackay, Ross; Wright, Dawson, Currie; Flaws, Thom, Gloag, Fraser, Leggatt



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