Fortunes of the Bethlehem soccer team in the National Cup competition will be determined on Sunday afternoon when the Steel City booters journey to New York City for the second round fling against the New York Giants.
Drawn against the Gotham booters the homesters meet one of the strongest survivors in the competition and a team that is known as a potential wrecker of championship aspirants. In all meetings against the Giants, Bethlehem has found the latter one of the hardest opponents to dispose of.
However, the Bethlehem team that will try and gain the succeeding round in the competition will probably be one at its best this season for physically the players counted upon to wrest honors from the Giants are at their best.
Last Sunday Bethlehem survived the first round with apparent ease, winning from the Newark Portuguese by the one-sided score of 8 to 1. In this game the Steelmen were invincible and if capable of displaying the same form the Giants are going to meet a dangerous contender.
While Andy Beveridge and Tommy Fraser will be available for the goal job, it is probable that Fraser will be given the call, having been assigned to that post for the game against Newark.
Bob McGregor and Bill Finlayson are again down on the slate to play the back positions while Bill Carnihan, Willie Reid and Pitt are certain to be the representatives on the half back line.
If in scoring mood the attacking forces of Bethlehem will be hard to check with the array of celebrities for the forward line one of the best balanced in the league. Archie Stark, premier center, who counted three goals against Newark, will be at his regular pivot position. On the right will be the speedy Tommy Gillespie at the outside post with the clever Johnny Jaap in his usual inside berth.
Dick, the Bethlehem wing forward on the left wide, is now thoroughly familiar with the combination and can be relied upon with confidence to perform his part. Dick is the rushing aggressive type of player, possessing the physique to withstand a hard game and is ably supported on this side of the line by Massie, who possesses a wicked shot.
If Bethlehem survives this round the Steelmen go into the semi-final.