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Dewar Shield 
Victoria United 0 - 2 Stenhousemuir
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Victoria United (Aberdeen) met Stenhousemuir (Stirling) in the semi-final for the Dewar Shield at Perth. In the opening stages Stenhousemuir had the best of matters. At half-time there was no scoring. In the second half Stenhousemuir showed their superiority. From a corner they notched their first point, while ten minutes later Clarkson scored their second.

SourceAberdeen Journal 16th April 1900

Like the Orion last year the Vics have failed to bring the Dewar Shield north to Aberdeen. It now rests with the "Whites" to be the first club to bring the trophy amongst us - that is if they have the honour of representing Aberdeen next year. And why not? Both the Orion and Vics have failed, and it is but natural that the Aberdeen would like a try. There was a great gathering at Perth to witness the match, the reputation of both contestants having preceded them. While the Vics had a fairly large following, it was nothing compared to the strength of the Stenhousemuir, who run a special train from Larbert for their supporters' convenience.
The ground was in perfect condition, but there was a strong wind blowing when Stenhousemuir kicked off. The Aberdeen team were the first to assume the aggressive, the game not being minutes old when they had run the ball down to their opponents' goal, only, however, to send it over the line. For a long time afterwards the Stenhousemuir monopolised the play, and were nearly successful in scoring from a corner. But the defence of the Vics was not to be overcome, and loud cheers were raised as Findlay time after time saved likely shots. The Vics had undoubtedly hard lines, being on the point of scoring when the referee blew his whistle for an infringement of the rules. Shortly after the Stenhousemuir put the ball through. An appeal for off-side by the Vics was, however, granted in their favour. The Vics now had the larger share of the play, their combination standing out in marked contrast to that of their opponents, whose play at this time was a disappointment to their supporters. At half-time neither side had scored.

On play being resumed after breathing time, the pace set was a warm one, the ball travelling from goal to goal rapidly. Gradually, however, the pace began to tell on the northern men, and the Stenhousemuir attacked vigorously, and forced a corner, from which they scored. Again the Vics seemed imbued with new life, and made rapid raids into their opponent's goal, always, however, to be beaten back. Towards the close the play was in favour of the Stenhousemuir, who again scored, and won a rattling good game by 2-0. On the whole, the Vics did well, and, as victory was hardly looked for from the Aberdeen team, their defeat did not come as a surprise. The Stenhousemuir were the better team, and deserved to win.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th April 1900

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