Clydesdale vs. Casuals

Date Published: 
1908-09-20
Source: 
Port-of-Spain Gazette
Page: 
5

Never in the history of football in this Colony has a game been contested with such rare keenness, as that between the above mentioned clubs, which took place yesterday on the latter's ground opposite the Queen's Park Hotel. The reputation of both the clubs had already preceded them and this, coupled with the fact that yesterday's game was the first of the league series, will probably account for the large concourse of spectators who watched the play in the brilliant sunshine. The game was invested with more that ordinary interest and its course fluctuated in a most exciting manner. At the conclusion of the first half Casuals looked like winning comfortably, but as the game progressed they seemed certain to lose. Precisely at the appointed time the kick off was made and despite the frequent attacks of the Clydesdale men the Casuals gradually got the upper hand by a a series of clever moves in which Brierly and Anderson frequently outwitted their opponents. Exactly fifteen minutes after the ball was in play G. D. Owen, the Casuals forward on the left wing passed the ball to John Rochford, who, in turn, passed it on to W. H. Eccles. The latter never hesitated and by a clever shot he scored the first goal for the "Casuals." A beautiful shot by Owen which proved ineffective and a shot by Stewart which was stopped by Legge at goal brought the first half to a close. In the second half Clydesdale were given a free kick, the result of a foul from Legge, the Casuals goal keeper, who advanced more that two paces with the ball in hand. Rochford made a fine effort at this stage to secure a goal but he did not put sufficient force behind the shot. Immediately after Pendrich, the Clydesdale captain, put in a high shot from line, the goal might have been saved, but Legge the Casuals' goal keeper fumbled and allowed the ball to slip through. Shortly after six o'clock Clydesdale recorded their second goal, Knox, one of the Clydesdale's forwards, putting the ball through in a scrimmage. The game thus resulted in a win for Clydesdale by two goals to one. The vanquished heartily cheered the victors on their return to the tent and the compliment was lustily returned.

Clydesdale vs. Casuals