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Scottish Qualifying Cup 
Orion 3 - 2 Forres Mechanics
Kick Off:    Stewart, Hogg, McKernan       Strang (o.g.), A. Murray  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
These teams met at Cattofield in the qualifying Cup competition, before a large gathering of spectators. The players were: Orion: Douglas; Ross, Strang; Craig, Livingston, Currie; Hogg, McKernan, Grant, Flynn, Stewart. Forres Mechanics: Fraser; Stewart, Murray; McKinnon, Raff, Helenzon; Ross, Grant, McKenzie, A. Murray, W. Murray. Orion kicked off, and lost no time in settling down the attack, McKernan sending in a splendid shot. which narrowly missed the mark. In attempting; to clear Strang accidentally put the ball through his own goal. Continuing to press, the Orion worked the ball up the right wing, and Stewart, with a lovely screw shot beat Fraser, the ball rolling into the net from the post. For a country team the visitors were showing decidedly good form. A hard shot from Grant, which struck the upright, was followed in a few moments by a fine shot from Hogg, which found the net, this placing the Orion one up. A scrimmage in front of Fraser ended in that player being beaten for the third time, the ball coming from the foot of McKernan. Half-time came with the score standing Orion 3 goals, Mechanics one.

With the incline in their favour the Orion at the commencement of the second half speedily made themselves manifest at the north goal, but the defence proved equal to the demand. Breaking away in fine style, the Mechanics transferred the ball to the other end, and A. Murray scored with a magnificent shot. The whistle sounded with the Orion clustering round the Forres goal.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 23rd October 1899

We would like to hear Tom Robertson's opinion of Aberdeen football after the exhibition he witnessed at Cattofield between the Orion and Forres Mechanics in the fourth round of the qualifying cup ties. Certain it is that if Orion had had to travel to Forres, they would on the day's play have suffered defeat. The Mechanics were their equals in all departments of the game, and it could not have been considered at all a hardship for Orion had the match ended in a draw, instead of a 3-2 win for them. The display they gave was "deficient in everything," and will have to be greatly improved upon if they mean to go any further in the competition. The Mechanics' greatest weakness lay at the goalmouth. Had they shown the same play at close quarters as they did in the open, there might have been a different story to tell. In defence they were exceptionally strong, Fraser, the goalkeeper, excelling.

The Forres lads started down the hill, and were the first to score, Strang, in attempting to clear, kicking through his own goal. Their lead, however, was short lived, as Stewart got away on the right, and equalised with an unsaveable cross shot. The strangers did some pressing after this, and had the ball in the net from a foul, but as it went through untouched, it failed to count. Orion again got within range, and Hogg gave them the lead with a good shot, while McKernan a short time afterwards added a third, and what proved to be the last goal for his side.

A few minutes from the restart the Mechanics got away with a rush, and, breaking through the home defence, A. Murray scored a splendid goal. They now seemed content to act on the defensive, two of the forwards being drawn back to assist. So well did the arrangement work that all further efforts of the Orion to score proved abortive.
It is whispered that after the match several of the Mechanics' team received the attentions of the "poacher."

Source: Bon-Accord, 26th October 1899

Orion Teamsheet:  Douglas; Ross, Strang; Craig, Livingston, Currie; Hogg, McKernan, Grant, Flynn, Stewart


Forres Mechanics Teamsheet:  Fraser; Stewart, Murray; McKinnon, Raff, Helenzon; Ross, Grant, McKenzie, A. Murray, W. Murray



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