With the rearranged lineup necessitated by injuries the Bethlehem Steel F. C. introduced Whitey McDonald as a forward and so favorable was the work of the Steelmen's right fullback that McDonald is more than likely to see active service on the front line.
Incidentally the local clan defeated the New York Giants in the holiday bill played in New York and before a crowd of three thousand fans by the score of 1 goal to none. With the exception of a few of the old standbys in their regular positions the club fielded by the local management would hardly b e recognized as the same Bethlehem team which started the season's American Soccer League campaign. The celebrated halfback line was broken up with no lessening of its effectiveness for the arrival of Raeside, until recently a Fall River player, made it possible to assign him to McDonald's place at right halfback, while Robertson capably performed in MacGregor's place at left halfback.
Outstanding in the game was the work of McDonald at inside right and the brilliant defensive work of Allen and Berryman, the Steel fullbacks. The latter were in their element, giving one of the best displays of the season, and seldom did the Giants push the ball past this concrete defense. Only once did Taylor, the Bethlehem goalie handle and that was on a shot for which he was waiting. The Giants played a fine defensive game, but the shots by the forwards invariably were intercepted by Bethlehem players.
The Giants pressed with a will at the start setting a fast pace. Robertson of Bethlehem handled the ball and the situation was decidedly critical for Bethlehem as Brenner dropped the ball in the goal mouth. Carnihan cleared in good shape. The first good try by Bethlehem was McDonald's after ten minutes. His hard drive was well taken by Douglas. The visitors attacked again, Douglas clearing Robertson's drive. Raeside then hit the crossbar. Twenty minutes had elapsed as Jaap centered beautifully to Stark who headed into the Giants' net for the first and only goal of the game.
Resuming, the Giants tried hard to even up, but Berryman and Allen were not easy to pass. Brown went through for the home team, but Crilley shot wide. Jaap once more centered to Stark who headed to Douglas near half time. Bethlehem kept up the pressure upon the Giants' goal in the second half, Stark missing with a shot that went over the bar. Next the Giants came through with a rush. Bethlehem's goal was open momentarily, but Brenner could not make it. The visitors forced two corners. Stark again got Jaap's pass, the ball hitting the upright. Two more corners came to Bethlehem in the closing minutes.
Bethlehem -- N. Y. Giants
Taylor -- G -- Douglas
Berryman -- RFB -- Kelly
Allen -- LFB -- Moorhouse
Raeside -- RHB -- Topping
Carnihan -- CHB -- Parkes
Robertson -- LHB -- McKinney
Forrest -- OR -- Brenner
McDonald -- IR -- Phillip
Stark -- CF -- Brown
Purvis -- IL -- Cairney
Jaap -- OL -- Crilley
Referee: T. Cunningham. Linesmen, A. Laurie and S. Day. Goal for Bethlehem by Archie Stark. Time of halves, 45 minutes.