First-Minute Goal

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UK Guardian

English Amateurs Beat Scotsmen
England 1, Scotland 0

In an amateur international game at Dulwich on Saturday England beat Scotland by the only goal scored, but the best features of the play were the pace and sure kicking of the defenders.

England were awarded a goal when the game had lasted barely a minute. Fabian took a pass from Kail cleverly and screwed in a centre from which the ball was headed by Roberts. Gardiner, Scotland's goalkeeper, cleared, but the referee did not hesitate to signal a score, ruling that the ball had gone over the line. Just as the referee blew his whistle for half-time Roberts put the ball in the net, and late in the game off-side was given against Scotland as the ball went into the net.

Roberts, the English centre forward, did not get much of the ball owing to the close attention paid him by Gillespie, the Queen's Park centre half, and chief honours in the England attack went to Webster and Fabian. No one equalled Webster in controlling the ball, dribbling, and passing. Kail worked hard, and Fabian, besides making many rapid raids, put the ball towards goal with skilful screw kicks from awkward positions. Grant, in the home goal, did not have many shots to stop, and once when he could not have saved he was lucky to see a shot from Dodds strike the bottom of a post.

Of the Scotland forwards Harvey found most opportunities to shoot, and twice he almost scored, one of his kicks taken on the half-volley going just over the bar. When Scotland were making strenuous efforts to stave off defeat Crawford did well on the right wing, and McKenzie, on the other flank, dribbled and passed with much skill. Scotland's wing half-backs found heavier opponents rather too much for them, but in Campbell and Cooper the visitors had capable full-backs.

ENGLAND.—R. S. Grant (Cambridge University); F. J. Gregory (Leyton), A. H. Chadder (Corinthians); C. Murray (Dulwich Hamlet), W. T. Whewell (Corinthians), J. C. Burns (Brentford); A. H. Fabian (The Casuals), E. Kail (Dulwich Hamlet), J. Roberts (Southport), W. H. Webster (Cambridge University), and L. C. Finch (Barnet).

SCOTLAND.—P. E. Gardiner (Edinburgh City); T. K. Campbell (Queen's Park), J. C. Cooper (Queen's Park); J. Gardiner (Queen's Park), R. Gillespie (Queen's Park), J. Parlane (Raith Rovers); F. J. Crawford (Queen's Park), Lieut. Harvey (H.L.L.), J. M. Dodds (Queen's Park), A. Anderson (Queen's Park), and G. D. McKenzie (Queen's Park).