The Globe -- Bethlehem
Monday, April 8, 1918
BETHLEHEM STEEL WINS FROM "SCOTS"
By a Score of 1 to 0 -- Game Was Very Rough
GOOD WORK OF LOCALS

NATIONAL SOCCER STANDINGS

       

Goals

 

W.

L.

D.

F.

A.

Pts.

Beth. F. C.

8

1

1

44

7

17

Paterson F. C.

7

1

1

24

11

15

Disston A. A.

5

4

1

24

18

11

W. Hudson A. A.

5

3

0

19

13

10

Scot-Americans

2

4

1

19

22

5

Bab. & Wilcox

1

4

2

10

18

4

Jersey A. C.

0

8

1

7

6

3

In a rough contest at Clarke's Field, Newark, N. J., yesterday afternoon, the crack Bethlehem Steel soccer team defeated the Scottish-Americans in a National League game by a score of one goal to nothing. The Scots lost no time in resorting to tactics not consistent with the laws of the game and they were not cautioned in the least by Referee Ward when he countenanced infringements of the ruling in the early stages of the game. The result was that the Scots seemed to think that anything they did would be all right and their playing the greater part of the time was anything but consistent wtih the rulings. The Scots ahd nothing to lose by a man being injured or ordered from the field as they are out of both cups and the National League running, whereas the Steel Workers are strong contenders for the three honors with the result that they were forced to refrain on many occasiosn from retalliating in the same style adopted by the Scots. The game was witnessed by 3000 supporters. The Scots won the toss and Ratican kicked off for the Steel Workers facing a strong breeze. The play centered around the middle of the field in the opening stages, but Bethlehem were soon attacking and Easton drove the ball past from a difficult angle on the kickout.

The Scots' left wing broke away and a well timed cross from Coe was cleverly saved by Duncan, but he was hustled in his clearance by Hogan and a scrimmage in front of the goal looked dangerous for Bethlehem. But Duncan was again on the job. The Scots lost thier one real opportunity of the game. Fine work by t he Bethlehem half back line forced the play to Scots' territory. Ward had many narrow escapes, the ball bouncing over the bar on two occasions when he had been drawn from the goal. The Steel Workers continued to press but seemed to be off in their shooting and many good chances to score wente a-begging. The Scots broke away on a long kick from Post, but Fletcher and Ferguson were equal to the occasion and after some hard play in midfield Pepper got possession and passed to Fleming who shot from twenty yards. The ball seemed to have crossed the goal line but the referee thought otherwise and Ward scrambled the ball around the post for a corner. Murphy's corner kick went behind and on Ward's kickout the Scots again broke away but murray got possession and placing nicely to Murphy, the later raced along the touch line and sent across the finest center of the day and Ratican capped the effort with a shot that gave Ward no chance. On the re-start Bethlehem again took up the attack but were unable to add to their score, their shooting being anything but consistent with their work in the open field. Score at the end of the first half: Bethlehem 1, Scottish-Americans 0.

The Steel Workers had the wind behind them in this half and took up the attack right from the start, Ward saving cleverly on a shot from Fleming in the first few minutes. The Scots tried hard to break away but the Bethlehem defense was too much for them and the ball was kept in the home club's territory, and although Ward had some brilliant saves, he was also fortuante on many occasionss, good shots by Pepper and Murray being blocked by players who packed around the goal. On the kickout from Ward the Scots right wing got away and forced a corner off Ferguson. Easton immediately conceded a second corner in hsi effort to clear. Kirkpatrick this time got possession of Forfar's center and the Bethlehem goal was relieved of the only dangerous period in this half. Murphy and Pepper got possession and by clever football soon had the Scots on the defense but although practically every man had a shot at goal they were unable to add to their score. The game ended with the ball on the twelve yard line.

Scottish-Americans -- Bethlehem
Ward -- G. -- Duncan
Toman -- R. F. B. -- Fletcher
Post -- L. F. B. -- Ferguson
Cunningham -- R. H. B. -- Murray
Rodgers -- C. H. B. -- Campbell
Montieth -- L. H. B. -- Kirkpatrick
Forfar -- O. R. -- Murphy
Eadie -- I. R. -- Pepper
Hogan -- C. F. -- Ratican
Neil -- I. L. -- Easton
Cos -- O. R. -- Fleming
Score: Bethlehem Steel Company, 1; Scottish-Americans, 0. Half-time score; Bethlehem Steel Company, 1; Scottish-Americans, 0. Referee C. Ward, Passaic, N. J. Time of halves: 45 minutes.


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