The Chatham Cup Final
HARBOR BOARD WIN AFTER
There were about 2000 present at Athletic Park, Wellington, when Harbor, Board (Auckland) and Seacliff (Otago) met to contest the final for the Chatham Cup. The rainfall of the past few days had made the ground very heavy, and after the Charity Cup fixture was over it was far from being m a fit state for play, especially when so much depended on the game. A postponement, of course, was out of the question, and New Zealand's premier Soccer fixture was decided under conditions that were far from ideal. The "gate" was very poor, but the weather conditions kept people away. The game was a severe test for both teams, and the better staying powers of the Aucklanders pulled them through. At the end of a gruelling ninety minutes the teams were one all, but during the extra time played Harbor Board put on two more goals through Margison. Seacliff, who were the holders, appeared, to have the game m hand, but after Palmer's goal nothing could stop the Aucklanders, who, through ' a supreme effort, asserted themselves and earned the right to hold the Cup for the next twelve months. . A feature of the game was the clean kicking and fine defensive work of Anderson, the Seacliff fullback. .
The following players lined up: Harbor Board: Batty; Mitchell, Brittain; Worthington; Bell, Jones; Tocker, Palmer, Margison, Hayes, Dray ton. ■ Seacliff: Rivers; Anderson, Murray; Cox, Waugh, Rogers; McDougall, Simmons, Hooper, Bailey, Hamlin. Harbor Board won the toss, and took advantage of a slight breeze. Hooper set the ball m motion, Hamlin taking it down the wing and putting across a nice centre, which Hooper put behind. From the kick, the Harbor Board forwards got possession, and were soon at the other end, Margison testing Rivers with a good shot. The Seacliff attack looked very businesslike, and caused Mitchell and Brittain many anxious moments, Hamlin being prominent. Seacliff attacked, Bailey and Hamlin giving Batty shots to clear. Palmer, who was playing a nice game, got possession, and gave Margison a neat pass, but Anderson nipped m and cleared. Jones sent his forwards away, but the Seacliff defence was too good for them, and play was soon at' the other ;.end, McDougall missing by inches only. Harbor Board forced a corner, but Rivers cleared. Seacliff were haying- all the game, Jones and Bell being kept busy holding the forwards m check* and it was odds on, Seacliff. McDougall raced down the wing, but Brittain prevented .him shooting. Not to be denied, the Seacliff vanguard kept up the pressure, Mitchell having to concede a corner, which was cleared. Harbor Board broke away, but Anderson came to the rescue with a mighty kick, Hamlin securing and sending m a shot which Batty did well to clear. Harbor Board worked down, but the forwards seemed all at sea, Palmer being the only one to do himself justice, and Anderson and Murray had a fairly easy time. Waugh sent his forwards away, Hooper swinging the ball out to McDougall, who passed to Simmons, the latter finding the net with a lightning shot (1 — 0). The game livened up then, although the going was very heavy. From the kick-off, the Harbor Board left made tracks for the Seacliff goal, but the final shot went behind. Seacliff set up a determined attack, and Bell mis-kicking, McDougall had the chance of a lifetime, but shot behind/ Harbor Board did their best to draw level, Palmer and Drayton sending m shots, but Rivers was very safe. Tocker was hurt and had to receive attention. A corner to Harbor Board gave them a good chance, but Margison did not put enough force behind his shot. Harbor. Board were pressing when the half-time whistle went with Seacliff leading by 1 goal to nil. After the interval, Seacliff made things lively, and it was only the dogi ged defence of Brittain and Mitchell that kept them from running up a big score. Bell tried a long shot, but Anderson always seemed to be where the ball was. - A combined movement by Seacliff forwards nearly brought about the downfall of Harbor Board's' citadel, but Bell stopped Hooper just m time. The playing area was/now like a quagmire, and it was marvellous how the players kept their feet at all; some of them took it for a skating rink. The pace and the heavy ground was beginning to tell on both teams, and Seacliff eased up, kicking out a great deal, .which eventually lost them the match. A corner to Harbor Board was well placed by Bell, but Rivers punched out. Harbor Board still kept pegging away, and Palmer scored close m (1 — 1). Both teams now went at it j with renewed vigor, and Palmer was j nearly m again. Harbor Board were out for goals; and mud flew m all directions, but the final AVhistle went with the game a draw — one goal each.
Extra time was ordered, and Seacliff forced two corners m quick succession, McDougall placing the ball m the goal mouth on each occasion, but the Aucklanders managed to keep them out. Harbor Board then took the gameMn hand, and Margison scored from a corner-kick taken by Tocker .(2-— 1). The teams crossed over and Margison scored his second goal, putting the issue beyond all doubt (3 — -1). Batty, m goal for Auckland, made some smart saves with a greasy ball. Mitchell and Brittain put up a stubborn defence, and never slackened their efforts. Jones, Bell and Worthington were the mainstay of the team, and their slogan* was "more mud, more glory." Of the forwards, Palmer was the only one who could get going m the first spell, but towards, the end they worked better together, and Margison should be pleased with himself. Murray and Anderson are a nice pair of backs, the latter being a treat to watch. The Seacliff forward line combined well, Hooper feeding his wings judiciously, and they might have done better on a dry ground. PRESENTATION OF THE CUP. After the match, the Mayor (Mr. R. A. Wright, M.P.), presented the Chatham Cup to the winners, and congratulated them on their victory. D. Jones, who captained the team m the absence of Ccrbett, m accepting the Cup, paid a tribute to the sportsmanship of the losers.
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SOCCER SIDELIGHTS, NZ Truth, Issue 984, 4 October 1924
SOCCER SIDELIGHTS NZ Truth, Issue 984, 4 October 1924
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