Johnny Granger, veteran Steel player and seasoned in cup tilts, notched the lone tally which kept Bethlehem in the running for the cup laurels. A cross from Gillespie, who went to outside right to retrieve the ball was nodded into the net by Granger five minutes before half time.
The brand of soccer wasn't the best. Nevertheless, it was truly characteristic of cup play in which each of the twenty-two players threw themselves into the game with reckless abandon in hopes of capturing the coveted victory. Bethlehem's victory might be described by many as lucky, but to just as many it could be accepted as unlucky, for disastrous boots when goals seemed inevitable held the tallies in the scoring column to a single goal. Four times Gillespie broke through with no one but the goalie to beat and just as often did Murdock, playing one of the most brilliant games between the uprights ever witnessed, leave his goal to come out and intercept. His timing was perfect and he beat Gillespie on each of these occasions. The accurate shooting Bethlehem center forward seemed at a loss to outwit Murdock on these approaches. And to add to the discomfiture of the Bethlehem fans, when victory might have been easy the never failing Johnny Jaap twice missed what virtually were open goals. One of his chances was from close range that went harmlessly by. These were the most pronounced opportunities to score that were missed.
On the other hand Dave Edwards, the Bethlehem goalie, had a decidedly busy afternoon and in the final stages of the game when Newark rallied with determined pressure, seemed to grow nervous under the strain and made several fumbles which fortunately were cleared before any damage was inflicted.
Bethlehem played through the ninety minutes as though lacking organization, not always showing the consistency of their attacks which has been their wont in the majority of games this season. Time and again Newark's defense broke up their movements and just as often was Bethlehem checked in an offensive move when Jock Marshall, the veteran internationalist, and Herd, his playmate at fullback, with well designed strategy forced Gillespie offside when chance was open to carry the ball through. This was particularly true on foul kicks when Marshall and Herd stood statue like in their tracks while the speedy Gillespie tore away the instant the ball was kicked.
Caught frequently offside Gillespie timed his starts, awaiting an opportunity and this came with five minutes more to go. Cutting out to the right Gillespie retrieved the ball near the touchline. Marshall was caught out of position and Granger with a clever feint as though to dash to the left, cut in toward the goal where he connected with Gillespie's cross to locate the ball in the net for the only tally, of the game, The half ended with the score 1 to 0.
Not in the least discouraged by Bethlehem's success fighting back with even greater determination Bethlehem's defense was severely taxed with the pressure of Newark in the second half. At the very start Newark advanced the ball into Bethlehem territory. Thrilling skirmishes ensued in which Bethlehem in relieving was forced to concede three successive corners. Finally the ball was cleared and Bethlehem patrons had a slight breathing spell when the ball was carried to the other end of the field. It was in this half that Gillespie's breakaways and the chances of Jaap added to the thrills that were crowding thick and fast in the closing minutes.
Not one instant did either of the teams relent in their aggressiveness and at the final whistle the game was as furiously waged as at any other time in the ninety minutes of hostilities.
While Marshall's steadiness and excellent clearing was a contributory factor to the display of the defeated team, the great defensive work of Murdock in goal was the outstanding feature. Probably it was poor policy for the Newark custodian to leave the citadel but his timing and judgment in intercepting on an attack were perfect and not once did he falter. The game was handled by Referee Lambie, who at times appeared entirely too severe in his decisions.
Fouls against Bethlehem were in the majority and three decisions more than once upset the defending champions when they displayed a semblance of teamwork and consistency. ON the other hand the frequent offside, designed no doubt by the crafty Marshall, broke up many Bethlehem attacks.
In the matter of corners Bethlehem was forced to concede the most. Three each was the count at the end of the first half. In the second half Bethlehem had two while five went to Newark, giving the latter a total of eight corners against five. Three of Newark's corners were wasted when the ball went by.
Bethlehem -- Newark
Edwards -- G -- Murdock
Barrie -- RFB -- Marshall
Eadie -- LFB -- Herd
MacDonald -- RHB -- Daley
Carnihan -- CHB -- Thomson
Reid -- LHB -- Nicol
Jaap -- OR -- Duggan
Stark -- IR -- Drummond
Gillespie -- CF -- Renfrew
Granger -- IL -- Green
Goldie -- OL -- McGowan
Goal: Granger. Referee: George Lambie. Linesmen: E. McCabe and C. Stott. Time of halves, 45 minutes.