Bethlehem F. C> did not look very much like a cup contender in the first half of the game with the National Giants on Saturday afternoon which Bethlehem won 5 to 1.
However, after the Steel Workers got organized in the second period their dazzling combination work and vicious attacks fairly swept the New Yorkers off their feet.
IF anything, the New Yorkers did most of the pressing in the opening session, but seldom advanced their forward movements beyond those two trusty fullbacks, the Ferguson brothers.
Mathieson was called upon several times to save and proved quite adept in clearing successfully.
Once, however, the brilliant new goalie was completely beaten and had it not been for the ever watchful Ferguson, the New Yorkers would have finished the opening half with the score tied at two goals each.
Mathieson was drawn away from the month of the goal when a short pass placed him completely out of range of the pay. Sweeney was on the ball, but with his drive directed toward the net the reliable Jock Ferguson was there to clear.
That fellow Waddie Jackson sure is some greased lightening and exceptionally hard to tackle.
Several times Waddie broke away with apparently no one but the goalie in his path, but was dropped from behind.
George Caldicott missed a bunch, but then no one can expect a referee to get them all.
Usually as dangerous as his brother Waddie, is Alec Jackson, and he proved this when he converted a beautiful cross into a goal.
Goldie was crossing with great accuracy and his passing is one of the features of the Bethlehem play. However, he several times had opportunity to drive for goal, but his shooting was nowhere nearly as accurate as his crosses.
One man for the visitors stood out quite prominent and that was Jimmy Frayer, captain of the Giants.
Fryer, without a doubt is one of the best center halfbacks in the country.
That he is cool under fire was demonstrated when he made a most beautiful save at the net under conditions that ordinary instinct would have prompted any but a seasoned player to use his hands. For this brilliant display Jimmy earned the plaudits of the fans.
There was some disappointments because Harry Ratican was not included in the visitors' lineup.
The authority that Harry would play the center forward position for the Giants was none other than the official lineup forwarded from the American League headquarters in New York a few days before the game.
Ratican played the position the week before but it is understood was far from condition.
However, he was retained with the club until the last minute when Gilfallin, touted as a dangerous big leaguer, was signed.
Dan McNiven, former Bethlehemite, who started the season with the Giants, it was said, is now a full-fledged member of the New York F. C.
Sweeney's display was a dismal failure in the opinion of soccer critics.
Usually a fast and dangerous man, he did not show with his accustomed ability.
Probably he had an off day something to be expected of the best of players.
When Bethlehem started to pile up its big advantage in the final half it was readily apparent that the National champions were dying hard.