The Globe -- Bethlehem
January 26, 1925
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Meet New Bedford in Second Round
Having successfully disposed of Indiana Flooring in the first round of the American cup competition here on Saturday afternoon, the Bethlehem F. C., will oppose New Bedford at the latter place in the second round on February 14. New Bedford qualified by defeating Brooklyn F. C., at the latter place yesterday afternoon. Before taking on New Bedford, however, the Steel workers have a most strenuous campaign the outcome of which will about determine their chances in the league race. Next Saturday they oppose the strong Brooklyn club on the home field and the following weekend go away to meet the J & P Coats and Fall River in the dual bill. If the team survives the league games prospects are pretty bring for the New Bedford club. However, the latter club is playing good soccer and will have the advantage of playing at home. In the three times these teams met in the league affairs, Bethlehem Steel won two of the games. The first tilt was taken by New Bedford by the score of 1 goal to 0.

Penalties Play Havoc with Cup Aspirations
The dreaded penalties broke in to decide probably two of the three first round American League cup competitions played over the weekend. Only in the Bethlehem games were no scores due to these dread kicks. Brooklyn, after outplaying New Bedford on the Brooklyn field, so accounts read, succumbed to the invading New Englanders after the visitors scored one of their goals on a penalty. Providence, playing Fall River at Tiverton would have had the game clinched in the regular playing period by the score of 2 to 1, however, a penalty kick called against Sam Fletcher for handling gave that sure shooter McPherson an opportunity to locate the ball in the net and the end of the regular time found the clubs deadlocked at 2 goals each. Two extra periods of fifteen minutes each were necessary before McGowan scored the winning tally for the National champion.

Flethcer Came Near Making Good His Threat
"I welcome the first round meeting with Fall River and do not dread meeting the champions on their home grounds," Sam Fletcher, former Bethlehem Steel player and manager of the Providence soccer club, was quoted as saying shortly after the draw of the American League executive for the first round. And apparently Sam was sincere for his Providence crowd of dribblers gave Fall River about all the battle the champions might expect and if accounts ran true to form the Harold Brittan clan had nothing more than the one goal advantage on the Providence team. Unfortunate that the penalty kick by McPherson which had such a material bearing on the outcome and really was responsible for the elimination should have resulted by the handling of Fletcher. Sam always a fighter on the old Bethlehem team, has apparently imbued his charges with the same spirit and Providence is one outside club that threatens to make it interesting for the league contenders.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club