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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Scottish Cup Fourth Round 
Orion 4 - 2 Kilsyth Wanderers
Kick Off:    Leggatt, ?, ? 78, Thom       Black, Stirling  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
The Orion in the Charmed Circle.
This important fixture was played at Central Park before an immense gathering or spectators. The teams were: Orion: Ramsay; Mackay, Ross; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Flaws, Thom, Gloag, Fraser, Leggatt. Kilsyth Wanderers: Chalmers, McWhinnie, Rutherford; McGrashan, Hamilton, Young; Pattison, Brown, Aitken, Stirling, Black. Mr James Robertson, late of 5th K.R.V., was referee.

During the first half the visitors played a fine game, and kept the Orion forwards in check. The Orion were exceedingly slow at the outset, and lost many chances of scoring. Black almost immediately after the start scored the first goal for his team. The Orion attempted to get up the field, but the Kilsyth backs were playing a sterling game, and kept their lines clear. The visitors scored a second-goal, Stirling doing the needful. The homesters tried hard to equalise, but at half-time the Wanderers were leading by 2 goals to 0.
In the second half the tables were completely turned, the Orion beating their opponents at every point. Immediately after the recommencement the visitors got away with a rush, but McKay cleared his lines. After this the Orion had things pretty much their own way, and shot after shot was sent in. At the call of time the scores stood: Orion 4; Kilsyth 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 6th November 1893

The little coterie of gentlemen who have for so long supported the Orion have at last been rewarded for their staunch and steadfast adherence to its colours. Year after year fortune has been very unkind to them, as with the exception of a stray victory now and again, they have been unable to get out of the qualifying rounds, but on Saturday the spell was broken by their defeat of the Kilsyth Wanderers, an achievement of great merit, for the vanquished are a most capable combination. The match was witnessed by a large crowd, which must have been very satisfactory to the officials of the club, considering that both the other ground teams were engaged at home. However strong the attraction at Central Park last season, the spectators could almost have been counted on ones fingers with such a strong opposition as that of Saturday, but success had its inevitable reward - popularity. The Orion began with ten men, Hugh McKay failing to answer the call of time, a mistake he must not repeat. Kilsyth played downhill with a strong wind behind them, and getting in through McKay's absence, Ramsay, who kindly changed places with Edwards, was defeated in the first minutes of the game. The Stripes were not at their best in the opening stage, though often dangerous, and the visitors scoring a second goal ere half-time, the locals crossed over two down. For a time the Stripes were held at bay by the grand defence of their opponents, but at last Leggat rushed the ball through amid great jubilation. This was the beginning of the end, as shortly after, the equaliser came. Now came the tug-of-war, the Kilsyth lads struggling with might and main to bold their own, but so incessant was the pressure of the ground team that eventually the defence gave way, and a leading point was chalked up twelve minutes from time, followed shortly after by a fourth from Jim Thom, the more excited of the onlookers cheering frantically. The end soon came, and the Orion entered the charmed circle. The game was interesting enough, but it was not a great one, the wind to some extent militating against the scientific manipulation of the leather.

Short Kicks.

Hip! hip!! hurrah!!! After many days the small army of gents. who have stuck to the Stripes so courageously and so long have been regarded, and joy reigns at "Recruiting Park."
Not only were the club supporters delighted with Saturday's result, but gentlemen connected with both the Aberdeen and Victoria United joined in congratulating the Stripes on their gallant victory.
This is real sport, and shows that no matter what the colours, broad-minded men do not fail to recognise merit. All honour to them.
The "surprise packet" got a genuine surprise, but we confess we were a trifle anxious till Leggat ran through the first goal.
The defence of Ramsay, McKay, Ross, and Currie was excellent, but Dawson was palpably off colour.
Some of the forwards were slow in the first half, letting their opponents in when a little exertion might have given them possession.
In the last 45, however, the whole quintet played up manfully, each and all being responsible for some splendid play.
Gloag's judgment was never at fault, Leggat exhibited some of his best points, Flaws passed into goal in capital style, Thom was dashing and invariably dangerous, and Fraser did some very smart and serviceable things.
There was a big crowd present, and, as we have indicated, the result was hailed with delight.
The trainer of the Kilsyth "lost his head," and lodged a protect on the ground of encroachment of spectators.
The document was put in without the sanction of the team, and has been withdrawn.
It would appear the Wanderers enjoyed their visit, as they are anxious to come back again.
We shall welcome them gladly - they are a rather nice lot of lads.
Re the protest, however, this ought to be a lesson to the Orion to see that in future there will be no possibility of any protests on this score, by keeping the youngsters outside the palings.
By the way, the Kilsyth had to stay their wanderings at Edinburgh, having missed their train home. Hope they enjoyed Saturday eve in Aul' Reekie.
The Victoria United defeated Montrose easily enough, but we can't say we were enamoured of the performance of the team all round.
When the third goal went home for the blues, visions of double figures floated before the dazzled optics of the President, so quickly were the points got, but it didn't come off. Keep your hair on, old man.
Bar Cannon, who played a sterling game when tried in the second half, the defence was not of the soundest.
Foote and Ririe came out with occasional flashes of their best form, but it wasn't sustained.
Morrice and Ritchie were the best of the halves, but the trio were too wild in their mode of procedure, often finding themselves where they ought not to have been.
Clark was in the centre-forward position, and though be infused plenty of dash into his play, he didn't keep his wings on the move so well as he might have done, showing a decided disinclination to "Keep his eye on Paisley."
If Clarkie will only endeavour to feed his wings unselfishly, he may become a capable centre.
Neither Benzie nor Turner did much of note, but Smith and Ferris made a smart left wing.
The latter's running, passing, and shooting in the first half were really first-class, and though Bowman fell to his tricks in the closing scene, the Blue had the best of the international in the opening stage.
The Whites are not making much of it - more's the pity.
Toman, we are sorry to say, will not be able to play till March, at least this is his medical man's opinion.
Even with this gent. absent, we think they should be able to make a better show than they did last Saturday, if they would only do their best.

Source: Bon-Accord, 11th November 1893

Orion Teamsheet:  Ramsay; Mackay, Ross; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Flaws, Thom, Gloag, Fraser, Leggatt


Kilsyth Wanderers Teamsheet:  Chalmers, McWhinnie, Rutherford; McGrashan, Hamilton, Young; Pattison, Brown, Aitken, Stirling, Black


Referee: Mr James Robertson, late of 5th K.R.V.

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