Soccer interest will again be centered on the home grounds of the Bethlehem soccer team on Saturday afternoon when the Steelmen tackle the New York Giants, their cup conquerors, in one of the few remaining big and important games to be witnessed this season.
Strict training was in progress for the Steelmen all week and on the eve of their important game they are in the fine fettle for the renewal of the feud which was even more embittered by the recent victory of the invaders. Not only will Bethlehem have a lineup of veterans in tact, but will have several capable players held in reserve to pinch hit in case of any emergencies.
The announcement of the tentative lineup of the Bethlehem team made this afternoon has Beveridge, the young Philadelphian, in goal. His aids on the defense will be William Gibson, former Boston back, and Billy Allan. Gibson, making his first appearance as a member of the Bethlehem team became quite popular with the local followers with his effective work against the Hakoah forwards.
The halfback line will see the return of a veteran combination for the first time in a good many weeks. Big Bill Carnihan, center halfback, who never fails to check the scoring rampages of Davy Brown, the Giants speedy forward, is recovered from an injured back and will be available to assume his position. Willie Reid will return to his regular position at right halfback and Captain McGregor, left halfback.
The choice for the forward line is also determined with Stark, leading scorer in the league, at the pivot position. Johnny Rollo will play inside right to Tommy Gillespie, while the left side will have Massie at inside and Purgavie wing forward. Reserves available will be Sturdy Maxwell, either for the halfback or forward line; Walter Jackson, who can also pinch hit in two positions, and Jock Marshall, veteran fullback. Dick Marshall, Penn State forward, will also be with the team, and while it is hardly likely that he will see service on Saturday, he is certain to be given a further trial against the Rangers in the Sunday game.
The lineup of the Giants compares favorably with that of Bethlehem and one capable, as evident by previous results, of forcing the Steelmen to extend themselves. George Moorhouse, recognized as one of the best backs in the country, was rested up over the last weekend, but is certain to be here for the Bethlehem game. Other celebrities for the Giants will be Andy Stevens and Davy Brown, the pair of forwards who completely wrecked Bethlehems cup ambitions in the semi-final replay.
The probable lineup:
Bethlehem New York Giants
Beveridge G J. Brown
Gibson RFB Glover
Allan LFB Moorehouse
Reid RHB Cameron
Carnihan CHB Herd
McGregor LHB McKinney
Gillespie OR Findlay
Rollo IR Ballantyne
Stark CF Stevens
Massie IL OBrien
Purgavie OL D. Brown
Referee: Donaghy. Kickoff 3 p.m.