Stung with a defeat on the home grounds on Saturday afternoon when again forced to bow to New Bedford, the campaigning of the Bethlehem soccer team over the weekend did not materialize any too profitably. For the second successive weekend Bethlehem finished second best to the Whalers, a team recently restored to the good graces of the U. S. F. A., and one which since admitted to membership in the Eastern Soccer League has not lost a game. The numerals were 4 to 3.
However, the Bethlehem booters did restore some of their prestige on Sunday when they traveled to Astoria, L.I., and defeated the Hungaria F. C. by the score of 3 to 0. By virtue of this victory the local team shared the league points and remained very much in the race for the second half title.
The Sunday previous Bethlehem renewed relations with the Whalers by traveling to New Bedford and there were stung by a 2 to 1 defeat.
With but two minute remaining to play, on Saturday the score was tied at 3-3. The Whalers, who overcame a 3-0 lead held over them by the home team at half time, essayed one final and vicious attack that could not be denied and Chedgzoy, outside right for New Bedford, scored the winning goal from close quarters. The final score of the game was 4-3.
Bethlehem’s first tally came after fifteen minutes of play from toe to Montgomery, New Bedford back, who miskicked in an attempt to intercept a center drive from Gillespie on the right wing.
Exactly fifteen minutes later Gillespie center to Stark who headed the ball past the New England goalie from directly in front of the goal.
Soon after this Tommy Gillespie dashed don the field along the right wing, cut over to the center and scored Bethlehem’s third goal in the most sensational solo act of the game. With that tally ended Bethlehem’s scoring. In the second half New Bedford started off with a rush. A neat passing game, coupled with a seeming determination to vanquish an old foe, characterized the early play of the Whalers in the second half. With the second half only a few minutes old, the New Englanders were awarded a free kick. Chedgzoy was elected to take advantage of the charity award, and he made good. The ball was kicked with lightening speed, and although a Bethlehem back nearly stopped it, the sphere rolled into the goal for New Bedford’s first tally of the game.
Howieson, who co-starred with Chedgzoy for New Bedford against the Steelmen, accounted for the second goal for his team when he drove one in from a distance of 20 yards from the goal.
Florie scored goal No. 3 for the Whalers just as the first twenty minutes of the second half ticked off. His score came during a scrimmage in front of the goal.
At this time Bethlehem rallied feebly and attacked the visitors’ goal but it remained for Chedgzoy to score the winning and fourth goal for New Bedford in the twilight of the game during a lively melee in front of the Bethlehem goal mouth.
Bethlehem Steel – New Bedford
Beveridge – G – Blair
Allan – RFB – McMillan
Marshall – LFB – Hunter
Reid – RHB – Pitt
Carnihan – CHB – Montgomery
Jackson – LHB – Stewart
Gillespie – OR – Chedgzoy
Jaap – IR -- Hewieson
Stark – CF – Florie
Massie – IL – Kelly
Rollo – OL -- Best
Goals – Gillespie 2, Stark 1, Chedgzoy 2, Florie, Howieson. Referee: W. Forrest. Linesmen: Williams and Carpenter. Time of halves: 45 minutes.
Smarting under the defeat on the home grounds Saturday Bethlehem completely outclassed the Hungaria F. C. to win in a Sunday tilt. The game was fast and although decidedly one-sided the Hungarians did manage to hold the visitors safe until the last five minutes of the first half when the first tally was notched.
Time and again the Bethlehem forwards swept down the field and shots galore were directed toward the citadel but not any located until an attack initiated in the last five minutes before the change of ends. Tommy Gillespie speeded down the wing and then centered beautifully to Jaap, who scored.
Bethlehem again encountered difficulties in locating the net after the intermission and it was not until after twenty-five minutes of play that the visitors managed to add to their lead. This time it was Purgavie, playing his first game with Bethlehem in many weeks, to score. He counted with a fierce drive from the left wing.
Just before the final whistle Gillespie paved the way for the third and last marker, the speedy wingman again breaking away and centered to Stark, who counted with his shot. The lineup:
Bethlehem – Hungaria
Beveridge – G -- Newman
Wilson – RFB – Zimet
Allen – LFB – Goldstein
Jackson – RHB – Thornton
Carnihan – CHB – Schneider
Reid – LHB – Mullenstein
Gillespie – OR -- Tuzea
Jaap – IR – Kuthner
Stark – CF – Drysdale
Massie – IL – Crilley
Purgavie – OL -- Roth
Goals: Jaap, Purgavie, Stark. Substitution: Rollo for Jackson. Referee: M. Bloom. Linesmen: George and J. O’Rourke. Time of halves: 45 minutes.