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Thistles Trampled In : :, :•, ';:■:; The Mud (F*om V-N.Z. Truth's", Christchurch Rep.) NO faster soccer match has been played m Christchurch this ' season or last than the district Chatham Cup final, on SaturdayV .when "Western put Thistle out of the,' South Island final. The}! scqre was 3 goals to 2, and . for a while: it was on the cards that it would be -3 1 ltd nil, for Western staged a flurrying, relentless, express line of tactics that . had the Scots' defence running round in' small and baffled circles. Three goals m the first 15 minutes or lessr— that was Western's remarkable achievement against a heavier, though slower, and decidedly „ more scientific, combination. . . Thistle "could do nothing with the 'front rank five, George, Thompson (outside- left) ; T. Nelson, C. Falloon, S. Ellis and F. Bridgens. It was a triumph *of youth and fitness, and an unquenchable determination to get Into that Cup final. ' ' Two factors made Western's astonishing success all the more remarkable. In the first place. : hopes m supporters' , hearts had. been' low, since two of the crack players, G: Roberts, wily centrehalf, and W. Wicks, the right-back, a ,cool- defender with a deadly tackle, were out with injuries. The gaps were well filled; the bull-like W. Whittington went centre-half, A. McMillan taking his place at right-half, a junior, ■ W.. Kelly, filled the Wicks vacancy, and C. FaJloon wasVtried out at centre-forward; where'McMillaln has been playing lately. ' And Falloon was worth two goals m about five minutes! "He is'not a pretty nor a brilliant player, but he is a hefty grafter, and supplied what has been a deficiency m his team-—^an accurate shooting boot. ; ' . ■ . •,•:•. ■''<-'

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NZ Truth, NZ Truth, Issue 1285, 24 July 1930

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THE CUP FINAL NZ Truth, Issue 1285, 24 July 1930