With conqueror and conquered in the cup tie competition meeting here on Saturday afternoon, soccer fans are in store for a rare treat on Lehigh field. The New York Giants, at whose expense and after a close and exciting game Bethlehem advanced a peg in the National Cup competition, will be the opponent of the home booters.
The Giants will invade here determined to avenge the cup defeat and can be relied upon to field a club at its strongest. On the other hand the Steel booters will reserve as much of the strength as possible for the hard game also expected the day following when they meet the New York Nationals on the latter’s grounds.
However, with the lineup that Bethlehem will toss against the Gotham eleven it is in hopes of retaining the prestige garnered in the recent winning stride and annex another victory to the long string in the last number of games.
Since the last home appearance, the home booters have experienced phenomenal success. Three cup tie games were played, involving the Newark Portuguese, New York Giants and Brooklyn Wanderers and in each of these the team was returned triumphant.
After this weekend two league games will be played, the home booters will prepare for the final round in the cup competition which will be played a week Sunday at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Fall River will be the opponent and the survivor of this round will oppose the Western invader in the grand final to be held on the Polo Grounds on March 30.
Players to be assigned for the games over the weekend have not been determined. However, it is known that Tommy Gillespie, outside right, injured in the Giants game and idle when the team played Brooklyn, will not see service. Gillespie is on the mend and in good condition but in danger of aggravating his injury and causing his loss for the cup final.