Newspaper: Junior Soccer International March 14, 1921

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File contributed by: Colette O'Rorke 
April 11, 2010, 8:47 pm


Irish Independent March 14, 1921
Junior Soccer International Draws Record Gate
Ireland 1:       Scotland: 0

The Junior Soccer International was played at Celtic Park, 
Glasgow on Saturday 12 March 1921 before 10,000 spectators, 
and resulted in a victory for the Irish representatives by a 
goal to nil. The gate receipts were £515, a record for this 
match. The feature of the game was a fine display by 
Collins, the Jacob's custodian, as he brought off mamy great 
saves, while Kavanagh, at back, was also to the fore. 
Cathcart, the Irish centre half, had the honour of gaining 
the score which gave us the victory. This came after 20 
minutes, and he gave the Scottish custodian no chance with a 
shot from 25 yards range.

In the first half, the Scottish forwards combined nicely, 
and showed themselves very speedy. Collins saved well from 
Phillip (outside left) and from Black (centre) who sent in a 
terrific drive. The Scottish full-back, Scullion, had a try, 
which gave the Irish custodian some trouble. Everything, 
however, came alike to the Irish custodian, who barely 
tipped a shot from Phillip over. The Irishmen then had a 
spell of attacking, and Mulholland, Irvine and Taylor tried 
to beat the Scottish keeper, who saved. On the play, Ireland 
were lucky to be leading at the interval. Their defence, 
however, was fine.

The Irishmen forced the pace on resuming, and a corner was 
claimed against Scotland, but disallowed. Gradually, the 
Scots took over command, and Phillip had several tries which 
were unsuccessful, although once he struck the bar. Gee was 
very clever and resourceful in the Irish defence, and saved 
Collins a lot of work. In the later stages, the Scottish 
forwards shot frequently, and Collins' saves brought forth 
rounds of applause. Undoubtedly he was the chief factor in 
the Irish success, as the forwards were inferior to the home 
front rank, and should have done better in view of the 
foraging ... (final couple of words impossible to read.

Additional Comments: The "Kavanagh" mentioned in the first 
paragraph was my grandfather, John "Fatty" Kavanagh, born 
and raised in Dublin. John worked in Guinness Brewery all 
his life, mostly as an engine driver. My mother (his 
daughter) told me that, on the weekend this match was 
played, he worked his usual hours on Friday, then took the 
"cattle boat" to Scotland (no doubt having a few pints on 
the way!!), played and won the game on the Saturday, 
returned to Dublin by boat on Sunday, and was back in work 
on Monday morning!!!!