The Times -- New York City
Monday, February 27, 1928
FALL RIVER LOSES IN NATIONAL SOCCER
U. S. Champions Bows to Coats in Eastern Section Semi-Final by 2 to 1.

RESULT A GREAT SURPRISE
But Victors Come From Behind With a Splendid Rush to Take the Match

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 26 Before a cheering crowd of 5,000 soccer enthusiasts, the smooth-working J & P Coats eleven of Pawtucket defeated Fall River, 2 to 1, here this afternoon at Kinsley Park in the eastern semi-final of the national cup competition and thereby won the right to play the New York Nationals for the 1928 Eastern soccer title. Fall River was the defending national champion and the result was a great upset.

Captain Harold Brittan of Fall River chalked up a sensational goal after less than one minute of play when he took a cross from Harvey and headed the sphere into Coats' goal. Eleven minutes later the fighting Threadmen came back and equalized.

Pitt was penalized for handling the ball, and after Stevenson's free kick to the goal mouth McConnell headed the ball into the cage. Near the end of the half, Findlay Kerr, crack Coats Goalie, saved his tam from going behind when he twice made brilliant saves of close order shots off the toe of Tec White. White received a penalty kick when Stevenson handled the ball, but Kerry repulsed this drive. White received a penalty kick when Stevenson handled the ball, but Kerr repulsed this drive. White leaped in and booted the ball again, but once more Kerry blocked the kick. This was the outstanding play of the game.

After eleven minutes of the second half, Arnold Oliver, young Coats forward, placed the ball for Adam, who booted the ball through the uprights from a difficult angle for the winning goal.

Fall River rallied in the closing minutes, but was unable to penetrate the stout Coats defense. It was one of the best games seen on the local pitch this season.

The lineup:

Coats (2) -- Fall River (1)
Kerr -- G -- Harper
Stevenson -- RFB -- McGill
Martin -- LFB -- McAulay
Stewart -- RHB -- McPherson
Perry -- CHB -- Doyle
McAvoy -- LHB -- Pitt
Drummond -- OR -- Harvie
Kennedy -- IR -- White
McConnell -- C -- Brittan
Oliver -- IL -- Kelly
Adam -- OL -- McEachron
Goals -- McConnell, Adam, Brittan.

Referee -- Lambie, New Bedford. Linesmen -- White and Cattle.


1927-1928
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club