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Montrose 4 - 0 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Links Park, Montrose
The Aberdeen, versus Montrose friendly fixture was one of the best games witnessed on Links Park for a long time. The Granite City men were late in arriving, but once the leather was set aspinning all grumblings ceased. For a week or two back the Montrose string have not been doing very well, but their play on Saturday will serve to make up for past disappointments.
Notwithstanding that the visitors had the wind at their backs, and also the fact that they had a strong sun in their faces, the local lads came away finely, and drew first blood. Play in the second period was fast and hard, Montrose opening splendidly. Aberdeen played stubbornly, and on several occasions looked like scoring. Gove, the homesters' custodian, was in great form, and saved brilliantly. As a result of strong kicking, artful combination, and accurate shooting, the Gable Endies were leading by four goals to nil fifteen minutes from the commencement of the second half. McConnochie and Shiach put in some good work for the Northerners, but the latter was inclined to be too selfish.

Source: Dundee Courier, Football Notes, 16th January 1899

These teams met on Links Park, Montrose, and played a friendly game before a fair turnout of spectators. Winning the toss, the strangers chose to play with the wind and sun at their backs. play for a time was pretty even, but the ground team ultimately came away and scored the first goal of the match. Aberdeen tried hard to equalise, but failed, the half-time whistle sounding without any further scoring having taken place. The second half had a sensational opening, a goal being scored by the Gable-Endies after not more than a minute's play. With a lead of two points the homesters went at it with a will, and soon a third and a fourth goal were put on. The game was now stiffly contested, the strangers trying their hardest to find an opening, and the local men doing their utmost to maintain their lead. The shooting of the Aberdeen forwards was very erratic and uncertain, although their backs - and more especially Macconnochie - were playing a steady and strong game. The Northern team had to retire without scoring, the result being: Montrose,1: Aberdeen. 0.

Source: Dundee Courier, 16th January 1899

The Whites indulged in a good old friendly at Montrose, and the wooden-spoonists inflicted a rather severe defeat on the visitors. Aberdeen tried a new man, Adams of the Varsity, but t(w experiment did not come off. The first half was all in favour of the visitors, but score they could not, although they had no end of chances. At half time the Aberdeen should have been leading by a comfortable number of points, but, when nothing was at stake, they did not seem so anxious as usual.

The second period found the homesters in much better form, and at the call of time Montrose were leading by 4-0.

The first round of the County Cup comes off on Saturday first. The game of the day is that between Aberdeen and Orion, which should attract a crowd little short of last week's one. We trust a good referee will be secured, and the game conducted in a friendly spirit.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th January 1899

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