Bethlehem's recognized superiority over the strong professional clubs was made secure when the Steelmen battled Boston to a two goal deadlock in the second and deciding game of the final round of the cup competition.
The honor is decided on the aggregate total goals for two games and at the conclusion of which Bethlehem maintained its advantage of one up. In the first of the final games played in Philadelphia Saturday a week ago, the Hubmen were defeated by the score of 3 to 2. At Boston on Sunday the teams battled fiercely to a two goal deadlock. The total count of goals gained Bethlehem the verdict by the score of 5 to 4.
Thus far soccer honors for this season have been pretty well distributed. The New York Nationals gained distinction as National champions in defeating the Chicago Bricklayers in the replay final in Chicago on Sunday afternoon; Boston clinched the championship in the first half of the American Soccer League schedule, and now Bethlehem won the American Cup title by defeating Boston, the defending champion, and two times winner of the trophy.
The Steelmen will from now on concentrate their efforts in finishing either first or runner-up in the second half of the league schedule which is necessary to qualify for the round robin series between the winner and runner-up of the two half seasons for the league championship.
In Saturday's game which ended in a draw of two goals each, splendid defense play by the Steelmen held at bay the sustained pressure of the Boston attack. Twice Barney Battles hit the cross bar, one a pocket drive and the other a header, with Edwards helpless on both occasions.
The game opened sensationally. Bethlehem scored after two minutes of play when Goldie headed home a cross from Gillespie. Three minutes later Battles evened the count with a wonderful hook shot from an almost impossible angle, the ball glancing off the far post on its passage into the net. Midway through the period Gibson missed a cross from Gillespie, and Stark, being near, promptly dispatched the leather into the rigging.
Five minutes after the restart, Fleming's free kick beat Edwards all the way and Battles, running in, flicked the ball into the net. Sustained pressure by Boston failed to pierce a sound Bethlehem defense and the Steelmen added another honor to their long list of national and league championships. The lineup:
Boston -- Bethlehem
Davidson -- G -- Edwards
Gibson -- RFB -- McMeekin
McArthur -- LFB -- Allen
McIntyre -- RHB -- W. Reid
Priestly -- CHB -- Carnihan
R. Ballantyne -- LH -- McGregor
McNabb -- OR -- Gillespie
Nilson -- IR -- Jaap
J. Ballantyne -- IL -- Rollo
Fleming -- OL -- Goldie
Goals scored -- Battles 2, Stark, Goldie. Subs: Bethlehem -- Robertson for Goldie; Boston -- Burness for Fleming. Referee -- Tom Cunningham. Linesmen -- A. Hart and A. Catto. Time of halves -- 45 minutes.
Taking advantage of the trip to the New England district the Steelmen hopped over to Fall River on Sunday afternoon to lose a league tilt to the Marksmen in a hectic battle by the score of 4 to 3. By virtue of the victory Fall River remains at the top of the league standings.
The clubs went into a frenzy of scoring in the opening half and six goals were obtained in eighteen minutes. Fall River leading at the end of the half by 4 to 2. The only goal of the second period was by W. Reid, right halfback of Bethlehem, on a penalty kick.
Archie Stark scored two brilliant goals and was always dangerous. Gillespie starred at outside right for the visitors while Ted White and Jimmy Kelly featured for the winners. Edwards saved the Bethlehem goal several times by rushing out and picking up shots after the fullbacks were beaten. Bob Wilson, former Fall River center halfback, occupied the same berth for Bethlehem in his first appearance with the Steelmen.
Fall River -- Bethlehem
Douglas -- G -- Edwards
McGill -- RFB -- H. Reid
McAuley -- LFB -- McMeekin
McPherson -- RHB -- W. Reid
Doyle -- CHB -- Wilson
Coyle -- LHB -- MacGregor
Harvey -- CF -- Gillespie
Campbell -- OR -- Granger
Nelson - -IR -- Stark
Kelly -- IL -- Rollo
White -- OL -- Robertson
Goals -- Stark 2, Coyle, Nelson, White, Kelly, Reid. Referee -- Charles Creighton, New York. Linesmen - William Norse, New Bedford, and Thomas Boyce, Fall River. Time -- 45 minute halves.