THE CHATHAM CUP
EASY VICTORY FOR V.M.C.A.
The local V.M.C.A. Club had little difficulty in reaching a further stage in the Chatham Cup competition at. the Basin Keserve on Saturday. They did so at the expense of the Returned Soldiers' Association team from Manawatu. A victory of five goals to nil was a sufficient indication of the difference between the teamS, and it was made very plain that the margin could have been made a very much wider one had the victors cared to fully extend themselves in the closing stages of the game. The Manawatu team played good football in the first spell, and managed to keep the scoring sheet clean by Bound defensive tactics and occasional Hashes of offensive play. There was one main fault, and that was lack of cohesion between halves and forwards. The halves made the mistake of keeping too far back, failing to realise that with the sun at their backs attack was the best means of defence. The result was that the V.M.C.A. forwards were allowed too many liberties, and their failure to turn their numerous opportunities to good account was due to faulty shooting on their part and a ! brilliant exhibition of goalkeeping on the ! part of the Manawatu custgdian, Chapmar;, who . time and again turned the ball away from his net. In the second spoil there was another tale to tell. The V.M.C.A. forwards completely dominated, the position^ and scored as frequently as they desired. Towards the end, the game became something of a farce, and there were, many spectators who were inclined to think, with some justification, that V.M.C.A. overdid their show of superiority. Certainly one or two of **j forwards deliberately played with the opposition in a rather tantalising manner. On the whole, the game was disappointing as a spectacle.. The teams were as follow:— Manawatu: Chapman; Jones and Taylor; Davis, West, and Lovejoy ; Morgan, Baigent, Stephens, Tucker, and Trueman. V.M.0.A.: Bentley; M'Girr and Prince; M'Arthur,. Atkinson, and Trott ; Nicolle', Dempster. Eton, Campbell, and Ballard. E.S.A. won the toss, and V.M.C.A. had to kick-off with a strong sun in front of them. They immediately rushed play to E.S.A. territory, but Nicolle failed to accept a pass from Dempster, and the ball went out. R.S^A. turned this to g#jd account, and Bentley, a few seconds l^ter, was called on to save from a shot by Stephens. He failed to clear, and Tucker was almost through, his shot striking the cross-bar. It was an exciting incident, and almost gave the visitors the lead in the first few minutes of the game. After that Y.M.O.A. had the greater part of'the play, apart from a lew brief rushes by'R.S.A., but the local men, hampered by the sun and up against a, first-class goalkeeper, were unable to break thd ice. Eton finished off a movement by Campbell, and landed the ball in the net, but the referee ruled him off-aide. The interval arrived with no score. The second spell ■warrants brief mention, as it was a case of Y.M.O.A. all the way, with B.S.A. battling manfully, but rather hopelessly, to keep the score down. Suffice it to say that the game ended with Y.M.O.A. five goals ahead. The scorers were Campbell (2), and Dempster (3).
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THE CHATHAM CUP, Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 29, 3 August 1925
THE CHATHAM CUP Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 29, 3 August 1925
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