V.M.C.A. WIN BY TWO GOALS
The team to represent Wellington in the aeries of Chatham Cup matches, to be played during the next month or so, was decided at the Basin Reserve on Saturday afternoon, when, in the presence of 3000 spectators, V.M.C.A. defeated Scottish Wanderers by 2 goals to nil. For the first.time for two months, the weather was ideal. The ground, however, was on the heavy side, and this factor robbed the game of much of its interest from' a spectacular point of view. At best, the game war mediocre; at worst, it was very poor indeed, and did not speak very well for Wellington* chances 'in the deciding rounds of the Cup competition. On the whole, Y.M.C.A. deserved their victory, but it was only due to the fact that they possessed a superior defence and played with a better understanding than was the case with Wanderers. Of spectacular forward play there was little, and neither vanguard played with any great degree of co-ordination. A goal in each spell for V.M.C.A. about sums up the difference between the teams. Wandererers had any amount of the ball and plenty of opportunities, but they failed to turn them to any account. V.M.C.A. made one or two alterations in their team. Tarrant, who has kept goal ■ for them for some years, was given a spell, and his place was taken by Bentley, an ex-Seatoun player. Although he did not have a great: deal to do, Bentley gave the impression that he is a safe man between th» uprights. Eton,, the dashing centre-forward, was also dropped, tnd Ore, a "C" team player and Wellington representative, was asked to take his place. It was doubtful if the change was beneficial,', as Orr did very little to justify his inclusion in so important a match, and on the general play was not Eton's equal. The outstanding players on the V.M C.A. sido were the two full-backs, M'Girr ' and ■Prince, whose sure tackling and safe and useful kicking proved the salvation' of the team on more than one occasion. The half-line also played a sound game, with all three doing their fair share of the work. The forwards, however, were disappointing, and there was little of that bright combined work which has marked Y.M.C.A.'s efforts in the past. Ballard did some good work on the left wing, but Campbell was off his game and gave very little assistance generally. Dempster was spasmodic to a degree, and Nicolle did not play his usual dashing game. Kirkland, the Wanderers'' goalkeeper,, did all that could reasonably be expected of him, and Jack and Montgomery, the two backs, were fairly safe, although their kicking was not as well-judged as it might have been: The work of the halves was patchy, and the outstanding player in the forward line was the left wing, Cunningham. Lothian did not play his usual game, and Mong, on the right wing, made too many mistakes. The teams were as follow :—
V.M.C.A.: Bentley; Prince, M'Girrj M'Arthur, Atkinson, Trott; Nicolle, Dempster, Orr, Campbell, and Ballard. Scottish Wanderers: Kirkland; Jack, Montgomery; Logic, M'Dougall, Arbuthnotfc: Mong; Houston, Lothian, Gabbraith, and Cunningham. The luck of the toes -was with Campbell, and Scottish Wanderers kicked off with a strong sun in front of . them. Wanderers were the first to make a forward move, and a miskick by M'Girr placed the V.M.0.A., goal in danger. Things looked bad for a few minutes, but a good clearance turned the tables, and led to the first goal of .the match. V.M.C.A. carried the ball up field, and Ballard sent across a useful looking centre. Although Orr was in position, ha failed to get to it, but Dempster saw an opening a few seconds later, ; and banged the ball into the net, giving Kirkland no chance. V.M.C.A. 1, Scottish Wanderers 0. From the kick-off, Y.M.O.A. again attacked, but a free kick Btopped them, and brought temporary relief to Wanderers. Another Y.M.C.A. attack originated with Trott, who sent the ball on to Ballard. The latter player sent across a well-timed centre, but before any harm could result Kirkland rushed out and cleared. Wanderers had another turn at attack, and M'Dougall had an unsuccessful shot at goal. The game continued to be fairly evenly contested for the remainder of the spell. Wanderers made many an excursion into their opponerts' territory, but each time they were repulsed by a good line of defence. The spell ended with Y.M.C.A. 1 up. / The second spell was just as disappointing as the first, as kick-and-rush tactics characterised the play for the greater part of the time. Y.M.C.A.'s second goal came in a peculiar manner. There was a' melee in front of the goalmouth, and the ball appeared to cross the line. The spectators shouted for a goal, and play continued with the ball hovering near the goal-line. Eventually Bolkrd added th» finuhing touch*. There
was no other score, and the game ended : V.M.C.A. 2, Scottish Wanderers 0.
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Y.M.C.A. WIN BY TWO GOALS, Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 17, 20 July 1925
Y.M.C.A. WIN BY TWO GOALS Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 17, 20 July 1925
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