Bethlehem Steel, national and American champion, Saturday, took the measurement of the Babcock and Wilcox F. C., of Bayonne, N. J., one of New Jersey’s strongest soccer teams, four goals to one. The game was a postponed contest.
The visitors put up a strong defense and started with a rush. The spurt was rather short lived for less than five minutes after the game had started Ratican on a breakaway registered the first goal, Jones being unable to save. The Bayonne lads were hard pressed and ten minutes later McKelvey sent a hard shot into the net, completely baffling the goal keeper. During this period Bethlehem showed its full strength, and the fans witnessed as pretty an exhibition of soccer as ever was played here.
Both teams rested to long kicks, Bethlehem excelled in fine combination plays. Toward the middle of the first half Sweeney, center forward for the visitors, secured the ball from Lonie, nearly in midfield, and by beautiful footwork, advanced close to Bethlehems’ goal with a hard shot. He scored their only point. Wright was unable to save.
Sweeney’s work drew abundant applause from the grandstand. Just before half time was called Ratican shot his second goal. A cold rain had set in, which made the field and ball very slippery.
In the second half Fleming scored Bethlehem’s fourth goal from a hard angle. In this half, Bethlehem continually bombarded the visitors goal, Jones saving four or five shots.
For the visitors, Napier, Sweeney and Lonie showed up very well, while Pepper, Ratican, Fleming, McKelvey, Fletcher and Ferguson excelled.
Bethlehem – B. and W.
Wright – G -- Jones
Fletcher -- R. F. B. -- Napier
Ferguson – L. F. B. -- Harding
Campbell – R. H. B. -- Muir
Clarke – C. H. B. -- Smith
Kirkpatrick – L. H. B. -- Blatchford
McKelvey – O. R. -- Vanderwolf
Pepper – I. R. -- Lonie
Ratican – C. F. -- Sweeney
Chadwick – I. L. -- Aitken
Fleming – O. L. -- Duggin
Goals – Ratican, 2; McKelvey, Fleming, Sweeney. Referee – G. Young, Philadelphia. Linesmen, Morrison for Bethlehem, Mahoney, for Babcock and Wilcox. Time of halves – 40 minutes.