Those who took in the Fall River game were treated to some high class soccer. As league leaders, it was expected that the up coast boys would give Bethlehem a hard tussle. They not only did this, but at times beat Bethlehem in some pretty combination attacks, which is something that the steelworkers are supposed to have their own patent on. Bethlehem took the field without Archie Stark, their crack center forward, and Billy Allen their fullback. Rebello, a new fullback, took Allen's place and he was given a handful in holding the Fall River right wing, where most of the danger came from. Gillespie played center forward and Dick outside right. At half-time when Fall River were leading two to nothing, Gillespie went to his old position and Dick played center. It worked better because Gillespie time and time again dropped beautiful crosses and it was only the splendid exhibition of Reder the Fall River goalie that prevented Bethlehem for scoring a couple of times.
Fall River opened with the wind in their favor and immediately Fraser had to save from McNabb Gillespie and Jaap too the ball down between them and Jaap ended with a beautiful shot that just went over the bar. Fraser saved his goal when he just knocked down a hot shot from Paternaude, McNabb went down on the right side for Fall River and Rebello was forced to give a corner. McNabb took the kick and the ball dropped in front of Caldwell, who scored with a fast ground shot that went into the far corner of the net. Fall River scored their second goal ten minutes later as a result of good work by McNabb and Paternaude. The Fall River center went down the middle of the field and crossed to McNabb who went almost to the corner post and put across a center that dropped in front of the Bethlehem goal. Paternaude met the ball and scored without Fraser getting a chance to save.
On the restart, Bethlehem immediately pressed. Jaap had hard luck with a shot that hit the crossbar and Reder gave a corner. Right after Dick went clean through and hit the upright post, Gillespie and McCauley had a tussle and the Fall River left back was forced to give a corner that proved costly. Gillespie took the tick and McGregor headed into the net, standing twelve yards out. This success acted as a tonic tot he Bethlehem forwards who hemmed Fall River in their own half, except for occasional rushes by McNabb and White, the two wing men. Time and time again, Reder cleared his goal and did well to reach shots by Gillespie and Dick. At the other end Fraser saved from McAuley and Caldwell, Bethlehem forced three corners in the last ten minutes of the game, but could not turn any of them to account.
Fall River -- Bethlehem
Reder -- G -- Fraser
McGill -- RFB -- Gibson
R. McAuley -- LFB -- Rebello
McPherson -- RHB -- Reid
Caldwell -- CHB -- Carnihan
Doyle -- LHB -- McGregor
McNabb -- OR -- Dick
Gonsalves -- IR -- Jaap
Paternaude -- CF -- Gillespie
J. McAuley -- IL -- Massie
White -- OR -- Purgavie
Referee: D. Oates. Goals: Caldwell, Paternaude and McGregor. Time of halves, 45 minutes.
Despite a soggy ground Bethlehem and Brooklyn put up a fast game at Hawthorne field, Brooklyn. The breaks were with Brooklyn in the first half as on four different occasions Bethlehem had hard luck with shots that had the goaltender beat but hit the crossbar and back into play.
Ten minutes from the start, Braun went down with the ball on the right and crossed to Yule, who landed a beauty in Bethlehem's net for the first goal of the game. Within another ten minutes the Wanders opened up a wider gap, as Yule ran like a deer on the left wing and repaid Braun's compliment, enabling that player to shoot the second goal.
From then on until half time Bethlehem fought in vain to overcome the substantial lead of Brooklyn. Nehadoma came within an ace of scoring as he headed to one side from a pass by Yule.
Mullen was substituted for J. Brown at right half in the Brooklyn lineup at t he restart, but the newcomer remained less than five minutes when he sustained an injured knee. Mullen limped off and was replaced by Mitchell. Nehadoma and Robertson together tested Fraser but the Bethlehem goalie held the fort. A freak goal by Jaap from the left wing broke the ice for Bethlehem ten minutes after the re-start, the ball hitting the bar post and turning inward, as smith came out a bit too far.
The Steelworkers kept up the pressure and five minutes later Dick, from a pass by Robertson, substitute for Purgavie, equalized with a stinging shot which just grazed Smith's hand in passing.
Nehadoma went through for Brooklyn, but his drive went straight at Fraser and a good chance to recover the lead was lost. A good try by Yule was well taken by Fraser wand in the next second he scooped in another for Robertson.
The only two corners in the second half went to the credit of Brooklyn last in the game. The second resulted from a free kick allowed when Finlayson fouled Nehadoma. Dick sent a close one over the bar shortly before the final whistle. The lineup:
Wanderers -- Bethlehem
Smith -- G -- Fraser
Grosz -- RFB -- Gibson
McAdam -- LFB -- Rebello
Brown -- RHB -- Reid
McGuire -- CHB -- Finlayson
Kevacal - -LHB -- McGregor
Braun -- OR -- Gillespie
Laszic -- IR -- Henighen
Nehadoma -- CF -- Dick
Robertson -- IL -- Jaap
Yule -- OL -- Purgavie
Goals: Braun, Yule, Jaap, Dick. Substitutions: Mullen for Jock Brown, Mitchell for Mullen, Robertson for Purgavie. Referee: C. E. Creighton. Linemen: M. Hutchinson and Murray. Time of halves, 45 minutes.