July 1884 match vs Fitzroy

Saturday July 5 - Fitzroy Cricket Ground
Crowd: 2000

Fitzroy 2.13
Melbourne 1.11 (half time 2.8-1.4)

Fitzroy win by 1 goal

Goalkicker: Archie McIntyre 1

Melbourne had already suffered one defeat on Fitzroy's ground in the new side's first VFA season, and any hopes of avenging that defeat were wrecked when they suffered the same fate two months later.

It didn't help that several leading players had suffered injuries in the previous Saturday's loss to South Melbourne - including captain McDonald and Jones - and had their place taken by fill-ins.

George Aitken filled in as captain and his side were immediately on the back foot from the kick off, as Fitzroy only missed out on a goal because the ball was touched through. From there the teams traded blows from end to end with nothing but behinds to show until Fitzroy opened the scoring.

Melbourne might have had an equaliser but what seemed to be a perfectly good goal kicked by Spooner was disallowed, but they could have had two more if Doran and Strachan hadn't missed opportunities. Eventually McIntyre got his side on the board.

At one point during the first half Melbourne's Rush suffered a severe wrist injury but continued to play.

Melbourne fans were said to have taken the fourth loss in a row badly and abused the umpire as he left the field.

Best were McIntyre, Cussen and Plant.

Argus - 07/07/1884
Sportsman - 09/07/1884
Leader - 12/07/1884
Australasian - 12/07/1884

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