Seven thousand soccer spectators gathered on Hawthorne Field, Brooklyn, on Sunday afternoon and witnessed one of the greatest booting battles ever seen in that district when the Brooklyn Wanderers equalized at 2 all with Bethlehem Steel, sharing the points in the American Soccer League game with the champions.
The Steel Workers had the better of the first half and led at the interval by 1-0. Twenty minutes elapsed after resuming play before the Brooklynites tallied, and after evening up the score put up a dazzling show of clever football, in which Drucker, Eisenhoffer, Conrad and Neufeld all stood out conspicuously. Bethlehem was well served by its middle line, Rankin, Carnihan and MacGregor played a grand game.
Brooklyn kicked off and attacked right from the start, Eisenhoffer just missing a score. Bethlehem obtained the first corner kick after five minutes and from the scramble which ensued Granter shot over the bar. The Wanderers drove them back and forced a corner, which was cleared. Brooklyn tried hard to break through. Eisenhoffer again missed scoring by inches, while Conrad, after some clever work, skimmed the bar with a terrific shot.
Bethlehem came back strongly and brought into play the combination which has made it famous, and Smith was kept busy in keeping out stinging shots from Jaap and Stark.
The ball was transferred to the other end of the field and Conrad, breaking clean through, looked certain to score, but Eadie charged him off t he leather in the nick of time. Both teams were serving up their best play and the large crowed was continually upon its feet.
Archie Stark obtained possession of the ball 20 years from goal, and letting fly a wicked drive, found the net for the point by which Bethlehem led at half-time.
Brooklyn set a fast pace starting the second half, Edwards having to save from Nelson, in the first minute. Back wen the ball like lightening, the Steelworkers getting another corner. Jaap planted the ball right in the goal mouth and Granger, getting his head to it, put on the second goal after ten minutes.
The Wanderers now played desperately and swept their rivals off their feet. Cheered by their supporters, the Brooklyn forwards swooped down upon the Bethlehem goal. Drucker put forward a great pass to Nelson, who headed the ball past Edwards and made the score 2-1. Still keeping up strong pressure, Rankin handled the ball in the penalty area, and Nelson converted the kick after twenty minutes.
In the closing minutes Brooklyn was attacking strongly.
Wanderers -- Bethlehem Steel
Smith -- G -- Edwards
Robertson -- RFB -- Eadie
McMillan -- LFB -- Allen
McManus -- RHB -- Rankin
Drucker -- CHB -- Carnihan
Morris -- LHB -- MacGregor
Neufeld -- OR -- Jaap
Conrad -- IR -- Granger
Nelson -- CF -- Stark
Eisenhoffer -- IL -- Forrest
Josie -- OL -- Goldie
Referee -- E. McCabe. Linesmen - -W. Williams and J. Masterton. Goals -- Brooklyn, by Nelson 2; Bethlehem, by Stark and Granger. Time of halves, 45 minutes.