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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Orion 4 - 1 Edinburgh University
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
A Pleasant Game at Central Park.
A team representing Edinburgh University were the visitors at the Central Park on Saturday, and a very pleasant game was played with the local club. Opening with a spell of dull and uninteresting play, the game was at times relieved by the brilliant dashes of the strangers' forwards, who, however, were too spasmodic in their efforts to be very successful. At length, however, a brilliant shot which Edwards was powerless to save gave the university men the upper hand. This state of matters did not exist long, however. The Orion forwards infused fresh vigour into their play, with the result that by half-time they had scored one goal, which they augmented in the second period by other three. The strangers could not again find an opening, and had thus to retire beaten by 4 goals to 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 15th January 1894

Of the foreigners who visit us none are so popular as the team of students from Aul' Reekee. They play the game for the love of It, and in that gentlemanly, old-school way now unhappily almost defunct. They infuse plenty of enthusiasm and energy into their actions, but there is no hitting below the belt - everything is fair and above board. They are game to the heels, fight all the way and for all they are worth, and take defeat like the true sportsmen they are. The play was listless and disjointed in the first half, the only notable feature being a fine run by Pugh, who, getting the ball in his own quarters, dashed away full steam ahead through all opposition, capping the run by scoring as fine a goal as one could wish to see in a lifetime. The visitors had the best of matters in this period, but the Stripes held the upper hand - bar a few individual runs by Clark and Pugh - and scored a well-merited victory by 4 goals to 1. The defence was the strong point with the victors, Edwards, Mackay, and Rose all playing well, though now and again the latter couple were got round. Currie's tackling and beautiful placings could hardly have been better done; Low played his finest game since his return, hie defence with head and foot being a terrible thorn in the opposing attack; while Dawson filled Wight's shoes admirably. The forwards lacked the master-hand of Willie Gloag, and while each brought off some capital things- notably Leggat and Thom - their performance all round was not up to their beat standard. Fraser was palpably unfit to play, and was dead weight all the way. Pugh is a perfect flyer, and was the best of the 'Varsity eleven, while of the others, Clark and Williams were the most noticeable. Mr W. F. Walker held the whistle, and performed his task smartly and impartially.

Source: Bon-Accord, 20th January 1894

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Referee: W. F. Wa;ker

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