On Saturday at the New Athletic Field Bethlehem Steel F. C. defeated the Veteran A. A. of Philadelphia in the first round of the American Cup by the one-sided score of 7 to 0. The Steel Workers gave a great display of all-round ability, and only the excellent goalkeeping of Ackeroyd prevented a larger score. In the first half the locals assumed the offensive from the start and Ackeroyd was soon called upon to save which he did in good style but the steel workers soon returned to the attack and after fifteen minutes play Easton opened the scoring for the Steel Workers on a well timed pass by Pepper. T his goal the "first in the cup" seemed to give the Steel Workers the confidence necessary, and after an excellent display on the part of the entire forward line Forrest scored the second goal on a beautiful cross from Murphy. After this goal the visitors seemed to lose their usual aggressiveness and the Steel Workers had an easy time of it scoring three more goals before the interval, two by Forrest and one by Fleming the latter goal being on a fine individual effort Fleming dribbling the ball from midfield and ending up by placing the ball in the corner of the net. The score at the end of the first half was Bethlehem F. C. 5, Veteran A. A. 0.
The Veterans started the second half fully determined to at least make up some of the lost ground and for a time their effort looked like being capped with success, but the Steel Workers halfback line were at the top of their game and with Duncan, Todd, and Ferguson on a par with the halfback line, the visitors had a hard time breaking though and were soon forced to a defensive game. Pepper opened the scoring in this half with a beautiful header, and Easton soon followed with a beautiful drive that had Ackeroyd beaten all the way. After this goal the Steel Workers took matters easy and the spectators were treated to a fine display of combination the game ending with the ball in the visitors' territory. Final score: Bethlehem Steel 7; Veteran A. A. 0.
Bethlehem -- Veteran A.A.
Duncan -- G -- Ackeroyd
Todd -- RFB -- Mountney
Ferguson -- LFB -- Campbell
Murray -- RHB -- Wambach
Campbell -- CHB -- Taylor
Kirkpatrick -- LHB -- McDonough
Murphy -- OR -- Longmore
Pepper -- IR -- Wilson
Easton -- CF -- Burgin
Forrest -- IL -- Walsh
Fleming -- OL -- Brown
Goals -- Forrest 3, Easton 2, Fleming, Pepper. Referee -- George Allen, Philadelphia. Linesmen -- Culley of Veterans, Morrison, Bethlehem. Time of halves, 45 minutes.
It is quite likely that in the near future the champion Bethlehem Steel team will play an exhibition game before the ambulance boys at Allentown to show them how the best team in the United States plays the game.
Members of the champion Bethlehem Steel soccer team will this year take turns in coaching the Lehigh University eleven.
Billy Sheridan, attended a meeting of the National Soccer League Saturday at which it was decided to play a benefit game for the Red Cross, on New Year's Day at Newark, the teams to be chosen from two sections of the league.
Several thousand soccer enthusiasts witnessed a battle royal between the Clan MacDuff eleven of New York and the Bridgeport City Football Club in the first round in the annual cup tie competition of the American Football Association, played at Bridgeport, Saturday afternoon, A drawn match resulted, with 2 goals for each side and a replay with be necessary.
Sweeney, with five goals, was the chief scorer for Babcock & Wilcox, who defeated the West New York Blues by 7 goals to 0 in the A. F. A. cup series at Bayonne yesterday.
Two American Football Association Cup games were contested at Clark's field in Newark yesterday, the West Hudsons defeating the Alley Boys by 3 goals to 1 in the morning and the Scottish Americans winning from the Kinley F. C. by 4 goals to 2 in the afternoon.
Falls was no match for Disston in the first round of the American Cup played at Tacony Ball Park, State Road and Unruh street, Philadelphia, Saturday afternoon, when the Sawmakers administered a severe drubbing to the suburban team by the score of 7 goals to 1.
Veterans must by this time realize that they are not in the same class as Bethlehem. At least it looks that way, taking into account the 7-0 licking they received at the hands of the upstaters in the initial session of the American cup competition.
A large crowd of soccer enthusiasts turned out at Lennox Oval, N. Y., yesterday to see New York and Clan MacDonald play a scoreless tie in the first round of the American Football Association cup competition.
Todd and Murphy, the two new men for the Steel Workers, gave an excellent account of themselves and will improve on their display when more familiar with the combination of the other members of the team.
On Saturday's form Forrest will be a hard man to displace from the Steel Workers lineup, besides his three goals he kept Fleming well supplied with the ball, and was a tireless worker.