Soccer football helped to boost the United War Work Fund at Harrison, N. J., yesterday, the New Jersey State Football Association staging an international match between an All-Star Canadian eleven and the Bethlehem Steel Works F. C. eleven, American and National champions. Bethlehem won by 4 goals to 1. The game was played at the former Federal League Baseball Park in a downpour of rain before an attendance of close to 3,000 fans.
Individually the Canucks were brilliant, and, in spite of the slippery turf and heavy wet ball, it was a great exhibition of soccer. Bethlehem, however, outweighed and outplayed the visiting combination, which had never played together before as a team.
Fifteen minutes from the start McKelvey scored the first goal on a pass from Easton. Canada was rather unlucky in front of Bethlehem's goal, Fidler once dribbling through Bethlehem's defense, but his shot missed going into the goal by inches. Jackson, outside left, should also have scored after some brilliant dribbling, but also shot a trifle wide of goal. From a corner kick, well placed by Fleming, Forrest headed through Bethlehem's second goal, ear half time which ended Bethlehem, 2; All-Canada, 0.
Early in the second half Canada was awarded a penalty kick given against Ferguson for handling the ball. Ernest Fidler, who made the try, rolled an easy one to Duncan, who saved. Bethlehem then got going in great style and Forrest scored a pretty goal, assisted by Fleming and Graham.
Then followed a rush by the Canadian left wing, Jackson getting the ball close to the Bethlehem goal from Fidler. He was tackled by Fletcher, but the ball rebounded off Fletcher, struck Duncan and both Bethlehem players landed in the net, also the ball, Jackson's clever following up tactics were responsible for Canada's well-earned point.
The Canadians tired badly after this and were mostly on the defensive during the remainder of play.
Tommy Fleming scored Bethlehem's fourth point with a low, swift shot, Hallowell, the Canadian goalkeeper, letting the ball slip through his hands. This ended the scoring.
The Canadians made a splendid impression, the opinion being that they would have given the American champions a real battle on a dry field.
Bethlehem -- All-Canada
Duncan -- G -- Halliwell
Fletcher -- RFB -- Yeates
Ferguson -- LFB -- Dierden
Kirkpatrick -- RHB -- Acourt
Campbell -- CHB -- Worrall
Graham -- LHB -- Brown
McKelvey -- OR -- Anderson
Pepper -- IR -- Hamilton
Easton -- CF -- Forsythe
Forrest -- IL -- Fidler
Fleming -- OL -- Jackson
Score - -Bethlehem 4; Canadians 11. Half-time score -- Bethlehem, 2; Canadians, 0. Goals mad by -- McKelvey, Forrest, 2; Fleming, Jackson. Referee -- Harry Dale, of Paterson, N. J. Linesmen -- Ward, of Passaic, N. J., and A. Lawrie, of Newark, N. J., 45-minute halves.