THISTLEDOWN Trams Scamper All Over Them
(From "N.Z Truth's" Auckland Rep.) There were only two Soccer fixtures m Auckland on Saturday, Trams meeting Poverty. Bay Thistle m the North Island semi-final for the Chatham Cup and Belmont playing off a postponed competition game with V.M.C.A. •
THE big game took place m front of 1 the stand at Victoria Park, which was a mud bath and badly handicapped the Bay men. Trams pressed from the start and Spencer soon opened the scoring with a header from a corner kick. Following this, it seemed inevitable that Trams should soon get another, but Easton, tli'df visiting goalie was m great form and was ably assisted by Hill at left back. Finally, however, Bell found an opening and turned it to account. ■ ■••■ ■•- Then m quick succession, "Williams, Spencer (2) and Bell scored again, and, at half-time, Trams were six up
Soon after the Interval, Stretton drew Easton out of goal and beat him for possession, making the tally seven, but the Bay played up hard, and, with an aiding wind, J. Watt scored a couple of good goals.
Stung by this, Trams retaliated andBell finished the scoring, leaving the locals winners by 8-2. Those who did well for Poverty Bay, were Easton, Hill, Macer, McGrory and the Watts. ' "'■■..• , Trams' forward line was m excellent form and combined well. The halves also played well, but were rather apt to he too far upfield, when playing against the wind, with the result that the Bay vanguard got away on several occasions." McElligott played a good game, but Simpson's tackling was a trifle too strenuous on occasion. Batty was m great form and saved several likely shots.
Auckland, or rather, Trams,. mee.t Wellington V.M.C.A. next Saturday to decide who shall play Northern Dunedin for the Cup, and It seems, probable that they will be the ultimate northerners to do battle.
V.M.C.A. beat Belmont fairly, easily by four goals to one. Belmont • drew first blood through an excellent shot by Allen, Who played well throughout the game. Before the interval, however, Y.M. took the lead, Clanachan, Humphreys and McAuslin scoring. ...
Though Belmont had slightly the better of the second half, they were unable to score, but Clanachan got another for Y.M. Prominent for the winners were the scorers and F. Chapman, while Lithgow,. Woodall and Allen did best for Belmont.
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Soccer, NZ Truth, Issue 1237, 15 August 1929
Soccer NZ Truth, Issue 1237, 15 August 1929
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