EXCITING GAME ENDS IN GOAL-LESS DRAW.
Before a large crowd of spectators, the match between Unity Football Club and St. Mary's, in the B.D.V. Cup Competition was played. At the opening of the match the ground was dry and the game was fast, but the football was not up to a very high order, the shooting of the forwards being generally defective. Unity pressed most during the opening half and lost some fine opportunities for scoring, but after the interval when the rain fell, St. Mary's had the better of the game. The game ended in a goalless draw. Unity played Joyce at inside left in place of Fraser. For Unity T. Phipps tackled well, but McCarthy while kicking stong played too high and when beaten by the dashy St. Mary's forwards was never able to get alongside. Their half back line rendered good assistance and was responsible for holding the opponents in check. Unity's forward line did not exhibit that dash which characterized their play in their last two games. McVorran tried hard but was well marked and failed to break through. Joyce who got most opportunities shot weakly and he lacked initiative. Willoughby was kept well in check, and Dedier made some useful passes but failed to shoot accurately on all but one occasion, when he tested Francis with the best shot tried by Unity for the game. For St. Mary's, Monteil was the star back. He kicked accurately and tackled with certainty and vigour. Amoroso, his partner, was safe, and Cumberbatch was the best half. O'Connor and Achong centred well but their inside men failed to penetrate the Unity's defence, and even when they got through in the latter half they failed to find the nets from easy range. Both goalies were safe, but Francis in goal displayed much coolness in several exciting situations.
The following is the game in brief. The College team kicked off towards the eastern goal and O'Connor taking the ball up centred well but McCarthy cleared. Willoughby then got possession from a pass by Sealy and worked inside, but Monteil forced him to put the ball outside. Another run by O'Connor followed some uneventful play at mid-field, and the St. Mary's outside right tried a daisy which Fraser saved. Unity got possession from a strong kick by Phipps and Joyce who received the final pass made a feeble try which Monteil easily kicked out. Some good combination was witnessed by the College forwards and Brown broke through and tried which Fraser saved. Some clever play was next witnessed by Callender who centred after a run down on the left, but McVorran failed to convert the ball being neatly robbed by Amoroso. Unity continued to press and Callender shot outside from close range after working inside. McVorran and Didier made a combined run, Amoroso partially blocked the try and a scrimmage resulted in which Cumberbatch cleared. St. Mary's took up the running and Achong raced up and tried to work in but Phipps drew him up just as he appeared dangerous. Unity again pressed and a corner was secured off Monteil but it proved abortive. A good individual run by Gittens was blocked and the ball was cleared. Willoughby next spoilt two combined runs by being offside. Even play followed until half-time. Unity 0, St. Mary's 0.
A strong drizzle fell immediately before half-time and shortly after the call for play. At the re-start a dangerous scrimmage before Unity's goal occurred and Fraser partially cleared. Achong tried but Phipps blocked him and Harper cleared amid great shouting. A free kick was given against M. Phipps for hands dangerously near the penalty area. The pass was made to Brown and he shot outside. Two corners were secured by St. Mary's and O'Connor took both. Phipps headed out the first centre and the second swept across the goal but the inside men failed to get possession. Exciting play was witnessed within the last ten minutes, the ball travelling across the field at a great pace; but few shots were tried at the goal and the final whistle blew without any scoring taking place.
Mr. B. Warner acted as referee.
The following were the teams:—Unity F.C.: Goal, Fraser; Backs, T. G. Phipps and McCarthy; Half-backs: M. Phipps, Sealey and Harper; Forwards, Willoughby, Didier, McVorran, Joyce and Callender.
St. Mary's team composed: Goal, Francis; Backs, Amoroso and A. Monteil; Half-backs: Brown, Cumberbatch and Padmore; Forwards: P. O'Connor, W. Brown, Aleong, Gittens and Achong.