THISTLE MINUS STING
Exit Auckland Premier Soccer Team From Cup (From "N.Z. Truth's" Special Auckland Representative.) Thistle, the premiership holders m Auckland Soccer, received their quietus from the Chatham Cup competition m local final on Saturday last, sustaining the first defeat of the season.
OUCH are the fortunes and misforvJ tunes of cup-tie football. Losing - a forward In the early stages of the game, the Scots "brightened up and m . the second spell, still bombarded their opponents' goal; but their most desperate efforts, Including , a penalty kick, failed to produce the desired effect. .. ....... In the end they were defeated . by the only goal scored' in a manner which can only be described as very unlucky. Ponsonby were their opponents and opened up the game /with a surprising vigor which upset the champions and gave them no opportunity to settle down. The Ponsonby men played a nice Cast combined game Avhich had the Scots thinking, but the defence of Ferguson and Reid stood out and time and again shook off attack. As the game progressed Thistle got down to business, and they claimed a fair share of the play ere the halftime interval arrived, their team -work and position play telling its tale. The second spell was lively and thrilling . all the way and m spite of, their handicap m numbers, the Scots played clever football and had easily the best of matters. The going was very -heavy and finesse had to be thrown to the winds, though clever footwork was seen on both sides. But the luck of the game was all against Thistle and Auckland will again be represented m the National club championship competition /by a team which is not generally regarded as the best m the city. ' The Ponsonby side; however, Is a j clever > combination and should they survive the" bouts with Auckland North and South and the tussled with the Wellington champions, they ought to make their mark m the final. - Their outstanding feature is team work and combination.
Wellington will be visitors to Auckland on Saturday, when the first game for the English Trophy, the blue ribband of New Zealand Soccer will be played. Auckland will ba called upon to "defend the trophy. they at present hold against the capital city's best at home, but will have, then, to travel to, Dunedin and Christchurch. The team to appear on Saturday has not yet been finally selected, tout 15 players have been announced by the sole selector from whom the eleven will be chosen. The team which will sport, the blue and white of Auckland, will be a capable one and Wellington is assured of a strenuous game. ' '■'." The defence is likely to contain four members of the Thistle team, - and m his choice A. P. Neesham has shown wisdom m striving again, as far as possible, for team work. Ferguson and Reid, of the the Scots, are likely to be m front of Batty, of Tramways. The middle line will likely be Carter and Christie of Thistle, and Dan Jones of North Shore. Innes will be at outside-right along with Dunsmore, a player who has made his name this season with elusive footwork and is. a plucky, vigorous, "mighty atom" who made the Canadians sit up and take notice. Centre forward, like outside-left, is m doubt, but Hislop will 'be inside left.. ; . .. ; ■.;;■.; ,-.•'.'.. For the. centre, forward" position, Hymphreys (V.M.C.A.) and Spencer (Tramway) have been nominated. Whatever the final selection, Wellington can rely on meeting f oemen well worthy of their steel, and though the southerners were prohounped the strongest side the Canadians met. Aucklanders don't believe' that and the feelings here are that the lpcal men can pull off the day.
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THISTLE MINUS STING, NZ Truth, Issue 1132, 11 August 1927
THISTLE MINUS STING NZ Truth, Issue 1132, 11 August 1927
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