The Victoria United had as their guests at Wellington Grounds the Cowdenbeath, a strong Fifeshire combination. There was a large attendance of spectators, and the teams were: Cowdenbeath: Drummond; McCallum, Savage; Paton, Muirhead, Law; Todd, Penman, Beveridge, Phemister, Drummond. Victoria United: Gray; Anderson, Ririe; Morice, Cruickshank, Phillips; Turner, Benzie, Murison, Annand, Ferries.
The Vics kicked off, and at once dashed away, but were speedily sent about by Muirhead. An invasion by the Fifers was neatly checked by Ririe, and a corner which followed was resultless. After both ends had been visited once or twice, Beveridge amartly scored for the visitors from a pass by Todd. Retaliating with great determination, the homesters had two likely ohances of scoring, but the ball waa skied each time. A third opportunity was not missed, however, and Murison equalised, Although it did seem as if the ball was over the line before it was centred. Vigorous play on each side followed; but there was no outstanding feature in it. A free kick to the Vics near goal for "hands" looked promising, but the ball went behind. At length a combined siege by the home team gave them the lead. The bail was neatly passed from the left line, and Benzie heeled it through in clever fashion amid loud cheers. The United were the only team in it for a time, and a third point came from a "lawn mower" by Turner. Cowdenbeath had now had enough of that sort of thing. With fine combination and dash they went right up to Gray, and Beveridge banged the ball through, Todd for the visitors and Annand for the Vics had each a good try after this, and the excitement among the spectators increased. Having evidently reckoned without their hosts in the opening portion of the game the Fife team were now infusing more dash into their play, and the forwards had numerous beautiful runs; Gray, Ririe, and Anderson being kept exceedingly busy. The wing men had amazing speed, and had the centre forward kept pace with them they should have scored oftener. They strove hard to equalise before half-time, but ends were changed with the scores standing: Victoria United 3, Cowdenbeath 2.
On play being resumed, the United had all the best of it for a considerable time, and the defence of the Fifers was greatly harassed. Drummond was equal to everything that came his way, however, and twice in particular he saved beautiful "headers" by Murison and Turner. The excitement was growing more and more intense; but do as they liked - and they were doing better than ever - the home team could not pierce the defence. Cowdenbeath at length broke away, and Gray had to fist out a good one from a pass by Drummond on the outside left. Returning to the attack they were like to be more successful, but were penalised in consequence of one of their players seizing Gray by the neck to keep him off the ball. Again taking the lead the United players sent the ball in time and again. It struck the posts, the bar, and the goalkeeper repeatedly, but positively refused to go through At length, however, Annand found an opening, and put the homesters another point ahead. A moment later Drummond had to concede a corner. The kick was well taken by Turner, but was not improved upon. Final result: Victoria United 4, Cowdenbeath 2.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 3rd April 1893