May 1886 match vs Fitzroy

Melbourne vs Fitzroy
Saturday 29 May
Venue: Friendly Societies Ground
Attendance: Unknown


Fitzroy win by 1 goal

Goalkickers: Baird 1, Carroll 1

A large crowd turned out to see if Melbourne could earn their first win against a VFA side for the season. They had beaten junior side South Ballarat a week earlier but fell to their fourth straight senior loss in a row.

The Reds started well, with Baird scoring first goal of the game within two minutes of the kick-off, and they held Fitzroy scoreless for the rest of the first quarter despite the visitors having several attempts on goal.

Eventually Fitzroy's rough play tilted the game in their favour, and they got the equalising goal early in the second quarter. They would have had another if Kelly hadn't managed to touch through another shot on goal. The visitors wouldn't be denyed for long though, and took the lead shortly after. Carroll got a second goal shortly before half time but it would be Melbourne's last score for the match.

Fitzroy only added one more goal, but it was decisive. The last quarter passed without a major for either side, and was played out in looming darkness.

Best were Carroll, Kelly and Tuckfield.

The location of the match is inconclusive. Some sources say it was at the Friendly Societies Ground and some the Melbourne Football Ground which is not known to have been used at this time. It may be a different name for the Societies ground.

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Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Sunday 13 October 2019 21:25:54 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 7)

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