The Globe -- Bethlehem
Thursday, March 12, 1925
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Brooklyn Fans to See Cup Game
The team to meet Fall River in the final of the American Soccer League cup tie competition will be decided in the issue at stake in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Boston F. C. and Fleisher Yarn are the teams that will meet in the Metropolitan bracket of the semi-final. Last Saturday Fall River eliminated New Bedford in the semi-final round of the New England district. The Hubmen with their gala array of big league talent are favored to clinch the contest. However, fans are not forgetting that Fleisher Yarn had turned in several surprises during the current league season and in a cup competition is usually found at its best. The honors at stake are the greatest to be garnered during the soccer season, assuming an aspect of importance similar to that of the World's Series in baseball. Both teams will be fighting to meet Fall River and the winner of the latter will then compete against the Western representative for the National soccer honors. Bethlehem plays J & P Coats on Saturday afternoon and on the return trip the players will probably remain over in New York to witness the cup tie competition.

Protest Apparently Did Some Good
While Bethlehem Steel lost its protest registered in the cup tie game against New Bedford when the latter club eliminated the Steel Workers by the score of one goal to none the protest was not without its effect and apparently has resulted in exacting greater care in the appointment of the officials for the important games. That in fact was really the motive of the protest for at the time it was hardly expected that the cup competition moguls would act favorably toward Bethlehem and order the game replayed. The protest was based on the inefficient work of Referee Lawrie, particularly on a decision warranting a penalty or allowing Bethlehem the equalizing score, and was entered with no reflection on the sincerity and honesty of the official. It has been noticed that since that important cup game in which Bethlehem lost its chances of competing in the later rounds, Referee Lawrie has not since had charge of a game but has been a weekly selection as a neutral linesman and will officiate as such in the semi-final round of the cup tie to be played at Brooklyn, N. Y., on Sunday afternoon. The fact that he has not been appointed to take charge of a game seems itself an acknowledgment that probably the game has assumed a pace a little bit too fast for the veteran referee.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club