Philadelphia soccer fans were given a royal treat yesterday afternoon when more than two thousand wended their way to the Cardington Field, in a suburb of Philadelphia, where the Bethlehem F. C., displaying one of the greatest brands of football ever witnessed, defeated the strongly reinforced Wolfenden-Shore Club by the score of 3 to 1.
According to the critics and many old-timers who have followed soccer for years with the exhibition of soccer given by Bethlehem yesterday they could have defeated any team in the country and the fact that a high score was not attained was due almost exclusively to the phenomenal work of Harry Pearce in goal. Shots were fairly rained at the big league goalie, who displayed an uncanny ability in being where they were directed and by the exhibition he displayed quite a few of the American League Clubs would do well to have a man of Pearce's caliber in goal.
The Bethlehem's famous passing machine was every man-jack of that machine playing his position perfectly, had a real field day.
Bethlehem field two new players for the first time this season – Mathieson, a goalkeeper who hails from Montreal, Canada, and Robert McGregor, a former Greenock Morton captain.
Carnihan, the center halfback, was the first to dent the score sheet for Bethlehem, his boot sending the ball between the posts from at least twenty yards from the opponent's goal. This was all of the scoring in the opening session.
The second half had only been in progress eight minutes when Rudolph, the diminutive and speedy front liner, tallied for the locals and also tied up the score. "Rudie" was given the ball from a throw-in, the sphere landing on his boot, and before Mathieson had time in which to set himself the ball was in the net. W. Jackson scored both additional goals for Bethlehem. The lineup:
Bethlehem – Wolfenden Shore
Mathieson – G – Pearce
Young – RFB – Millison
Cassidy – LFB – Longmore
McFarlane – RHB – D> Wolfenden
Carnihan – CHB – Carroll
MacGregor – LHB – Kirkpatrick
Alec Jackson – OR – Jackson
Maxwell – IR – Rudolph
W. Jackson – CF – Nolan
Grainger – IL – Harris
Goldie – OL – Mulligan
Final score, Bethlehem 3, Wolfenden Shore 1. Goals, for Bethlehem, Carnihan and W. Jackson 2. For Wolfenden Shore, Rudolph. Referee, James Walders. Time of halves, 40 minutes.