The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Monday, February 7, 1927
BETHLEHEM BOOTERS WIN FRIENDLY GAME
League leaders Annex Points by Forfeit When Newark Team Arrives Late
JERSEYMEN MISSED TRAIN
Tardy habits brought disappointment to several hundred soccer fans who journeyed to North Bethlehem on Saturday afternoon and then left without seeing a game. It was all brought about by Newark, the Jerseymen missing their train and could not arrive until more than an hour after the scheduled starting time. Many of the fans had their money refunded while a hundred or more stuck it out to see Bethlehem-Newark in a friendly game of two thirty minute halves by the score of 2 goals to 1.
Points Help Steelmen
Failing to appear at the scheduled time, Newark forfeited the league points, but escaped paying a fine of $500 when the Bethlehem management was receptive to the Jerseymen's proposition to arrive late and play an exhibition game. Winning while Boston lost he league leaders just about tied up the championship in the American circuit.
With the importance of the league clash eliminated the exhibition battling carried little interest although at times some pretty soccer was witnessed. The first half ended scoreless but in the second half the Steelmen piled up two goals to one for Newark.
Both Bethlehem tallies were headers by Jimmy Granger, the first coming shortly after the restart when in scrimmage close to the visitors' net the Bethlehem inside right found the net. Granger's second goal and incidentally the winning one was a deft touch with his head on a free kick from McDonald. The latter drove the ball to the very goal mouth, placing beautifully and Granger's tap was well out of Murdock's reach.
Only 100 See Game
Interest for the hundred or more loyals who stuck it out became a bit more pronounced midway in the second half when Newark equalized. A movement by the Newark right wing carried the ball into Bethlehem territory from where Duggan took a shot on goal. In saving Edwards knocked the ball to the ground and at the feet of Green who made no mistake on the one and only opportunity presented the visitors to score.
The Steelmen meet the same team at Newark next Sunday when they engage in the first cup classic of the season.
Bethlehem -- Newark
Edwards -- G -- Murdock
Barrie -- RFB -- Marshall
Allan -- LFB -- Herd
McDonald -- RHB -- Kirby
MacGregor -- CHB -- Thompson
Reid -- LHB -- Nicol
Jaap -- OR -- Duggan
Granger -- IR -- Lyner
Stark -- CF -- Strong
Rollo -- IL -- Green
Goldie -- OL -- Daly
Goals -- Granger 2, Green. Referee -- Spence. Time -- 30 minute halves.
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