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V.M.C.A. IN THE FINAL

i $ON BY TWO GOALS OVER j HUNTLY I MODERATE GAME AT ATHLETIC - ■ PARK.

S V.M.C.A. have won their way into * the .final of the first Chatham Cup comf* petition. In the semi-final, which took &" place at Athletic Park on Saturday, jj Young Men defeated Huntly (South by two goals to nil, after a it game that lacked sparkle and was, in the SI second spell, quite one-sided. After :^ their meritorious win over Northcote }£.{the crack ■• Auckland eleven), Huntly jy were';considered to have good prospects s'of lowering the colours of'Y.M.C.A., 'V; but the local men generally had the best j*; of matters, especially in the second spell, jsKyrhejr there were . very few occasions j; >vhen Hnntly'a territory was free, of injyasion by the fast Wellington forwards, fi jwho had. a day out. There were some S. good individualists among the visitors, •r- but there was a lacking of combined efj; .forts, a fault that was not noticeable to Z eny great degree in the ranks of the *• .V.M.C.A- team, the members of which s^>howed a fine understanding of each % others tactics. Outstanding players for ~ Huntly » were H. Hall, Green, Liddle, j« HaySsjf and;; Cox. M'Girr, Pearson, Ji? 'Eioli," B'allard, Hindmarsh, Campbell, Smith,.; and .'Phillips all shaped well for V,' the winners, Campbell did some good ■<■ foot-work, but once again was inclined to "await opportunities instead of mak,--.^iiig them: The attendance was not a , -large as might have been expected. ■'.'.-. The teams were as follow:— ■ Y.M.C.A.—Tarrant; Rarity, and M'- ■-■••■ Girr; Wedderspoon, Pearson, and Trott; ' Smith, Phillips, Campbell, Hindmarsh, :;] and Ballard. \ >:, Huntly.—T. Allsopp; M. Hall,- and E. V' Hall; J. Porteous, W. Green, 7 and D. ■Hall; W. Liddls, J. Hayes, G". Cox, J. :, .Marshall, A. Johnson. •;; Mr. F. Campbell was the referee, and Messrs. J. Gilbert and N. O'Brien acted i- «s linesmen. . , £ HUNTLY OPEN WELL, ■ V.M.C.A. won the toss, and Huntly, 'Jacking off, took ap the attack right '.: from the start, and soon had the Young .;; Men backs thinking. Liddle centred nicely, and after a tussle in front of _ ihe gDal, Rarity was just able to save ...';■ iwith a good kick. This brought relief •■'£•. *O V.M.C.A., but it was not long before i IJuntly -were making matters lively :,.;: again." A Badly-timed kick by Liddle .r'Twought relief to" V.M.C.A. men, and •;; midfield play followed. Good work by .- Smith gave Campbell a chance, but his '.';■'.', «hci vent high. . Huntly attacked ',',;'' ag»in. and from a, good centre by Liddle, ;;>•- Cox jusfc missed passing Tarrant. Hunt-I'Y-Iy appealed for a corner, but the referee ■': awarded, a goal kick, which brought re- ".'.:/, lief.'Campbell spoilt a promising Y.M. '"; move by kicking too hard to the line, ■ and a moment later Ballard offended in .'.:?/a similar manner. Another Huntly atPJtack, led by'.Jolirisonyisaw Karity. save g:,well, but the Northerners maintained •••«' the pressure, and successfully broke up /'j'Y.H-. attacks* Tarrant had to save for ;^'the first time from a shoVJjy Cox, but li;; it was not a very difficult one. . A ;:':; moment later V.M.C.A. received a. oor//ner kick, but Huntly were carefully :f,J guarding- their goal-mouth, and iriitia- '-'_ ted another attack which spalt danger. >*j Tarrant handed out from a high shot, '.;. but more trouble followed with the ,"■' awardingof a corner kick to the visitors. ;;/■, Trott and Hindmarsh combined to keep ';_■■' the visitors out, and Ballard went away ■-■■.. on the left wing, to be beaten for pos.\i k session of the leather by H. Hall, who \J,] kicked for the line. A nice centre from ;:i; Smith-resulted in a corner kick for '.;•-!;. $f.M.O.~A', but once again Huntly clearly ; «d from Bollard's kick, which was well ;;,_?; placed. AUsopp had to save a minute •v.;': later, however. Huntly spoilt a promis- :-= ing movement by ofi-sids play,- and ; Campbell, Ballard, and Phillips engag-. ; ; ed in-en attractive piece of combined >«_, work.- Phillipjs- transferred the leather • to Campbell, who " ssnt in a /;"! grounder which just missed its objec;'t£: iive. A sudden break-away ,by Ballard ;-^. came to a quick ending by the player '■^-. colliding,,\rith H. Hall, who was out of \"7- action lor a~ few ■ seconds. , V.M.C.A. ;;•.: continued to press, and after good pass- ;~; ing between ths forwards, Hindmarsh <_.- took a flying shot, which crossed over ;",' the goal. Huntly liad a turn at .;;; attack,-but the defence of the Young Men proved sound-enough to '.keep them ." out. The ball travelled into Huntly ter- ;:,.': ritory again, but Campbell Mcd to take ;:,..;; advantage of. _a good scoring opportu-"v'-^Oyvpassingvblindly; Phillip's and ...x. smith-,spoilt another good opening just \A aftertaste. „.\Aft«r.-another' brief Huntly ':'.•" attack, the local men started off again. '■"a. and.,,9 a!?Pl? e.11 narrowly missed the goal - - again with a- good "opportunist." A '.:-: corner kick followed, and Smith kicked :S iMjwd.. bringing very , welcome relief }-'-i-o-S,nntlj. from tW« .-'the , Northerners .!■"'■ WoSe'away" again, aTid'a'gbod' mbvement' : ended in Hayes sending the ball in too j i^^SJl-... Half-time .came with no score re- , corded. \ ■". Y.M.CA. TO THE FORE. -. Cox received aii' injury iust a second i ertivo after the kick-off, Hut was able ; to keep pfaying. The pressure was swift X from tbiZ start, and V.M.C.A. had mnch --, the bqit of matters, Huntly having to ;■ face V tricky sun. A shot from Ballard > weij* wide, and Huntly had to rely on I *?■ M^ 5 io rdievo the situation. V.M.- ---' Sf^" .^"^ sk°win £ mercy, and good ' fi&y % Campbell caused much trouble ; to; the -defending backs. Campbell \f went very near to sending the ball into / tho net", and had Ballard been a foot further back he, would have experienced y no difiiculty in completing the shot. Bal- '< lard had a. sKbt a moment later, and, . . following .this, Trott, headed the ball .. over the cross-bar. Huntly stocks were „-_ falling, as V.M.C.A.' kept up the pres- " sure, and Allsopp had to punch the ball out to save from a melee. The pressure was maintained in good style, and an- ; -fethef corner came to Young Men. C Huntly attacked again, but the scene K. changed quickly. Smith brought the \ ball dowti field and centred to Campbell, who had plenty of time to take a shot, ' which found the net. V.M.C.A. 1, ; Huntly Oi Before-play had been in • v progress many minutes, Campbell, fol- ■ lowing up a high kick, headed the ball \: into the net, and brought. V.M.'s lead ;. np to^two. Hnnfly were unable to do \ much against Young Men's attacks, '; which •were kept up without interval. / Huntly attacked for a while, and John. .: son nearly found the net with a good , ; shot from, the left wing. A corner to Huntlyv followed, but Y.M.C,A. man- ;, aged to keep the ball out. Play- evened ;_ up for a time, but V.M.C.A. took an- ' other definite hand in matters before long, and Pearson came near to heading •in from a corner kick by Ballard. Play gravelled up and down field , for some ;[ .lime. Hnntly maing occasional but it fviiitlees escursions into the V.M.C.A. "^-territory; -The calling of time followed

another attack by the locan men, who left the field victors by a margain 'of two goals.

TEAMS ENTERTAINED.

The Huntly team was entertained at a smoko at the Dominion Farmers' Iri j stitute by the-Y.M.C.A. Club on Saturday evening, Mr. C. E. Fordham. chairman of the Now Zealand Council, presiding. The Seacliff team arrived by the ferry steamer yesterday morning, and went out to Porirua as guests of the Hospital Club. In the afternoon both teams, together with officials of the New Zealand and local associations, were the guests of the Mayor of Eastbourne, Mr. F. H. Mather.

The Seaoliff team will play a return gamo with Hospital to-morrow afternoon before leaving for the South.

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Y.M.C.A. IN THE FINAL, Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 79, 1 October 1923

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