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WIIT FOR AUCKLAND With the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield at stake, the South Auckland and Auckland teams met at Blandford Park on Saturday and the city side had little difficulty in wresting the trophy from the Waikato eleven. Auckland won by six goals to four after a keen game played under' adverse weather conditions. South Auckland's defeat could mainly be attributed to weak keeping by its goalie, D. Boyd, who failed to go down on. the ball.

The match was marked by good play in the first half, the visitors netting first. Until Aucklan/l added its fourth goal, the scores see-sawed for the greater part of the period. The city team had a onegoal lead at the spell after which it added two. goals against South Auckland's one. South Auckland made a creditable showing and would have proved a- 'tou'ghfer. proposition had the day been fine. Auckland's selection was confined to a maximum of two players from each Club so' that the competition would not be interfered with. Scorers for Auckland were' Gisby 3, Wilkinson, Wallace and Hope-Ede, while R. Gill 2, R. Taylor and W. Boyd netted for South Auckland.

First matches in the new Senior A grade for the Thompson Shield were also played on Saturday. Scores and scorers were: Comrades 4 (Masters 3, McGee), Philomel 4 (Scott '3, Gisby); North Shore 6 (Richards 3, Best 2. West), Ardmore 5 (Webster 2, Newman 2 and a defender); Whenuapai 4, Eastern Suburbs 2.

A Game In the Mud.—Conditions were far. from ideal for the match between R.N.Z.A.F. (Whenuapai) and . Eastern Suburbs at the Domain. Whenuapai made the best of a muddy ground and heavy ball and was more frequently on the offensive ttian was the opposition. After a first , half without a score, the game liveried up and goals came fairly quickly, Subtirbs opening the scoring per medium of Walsham. Whenuapai then put on three "rials in succession, kicked by Davies, Dryland and Bell. After Walsh had kicked Suburbs' second goal the game looked like ending in a draw, but Whenuapai staved off a strong challenge to attack and put the issue beyond doubt through Bell scoring once more, Whenuapai thus gaining victory by four goals <o two.

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SOCCER SHIELD, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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SOCCER SHIELD Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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