1937 LAUNCESTON K.O CUP Final
MOORSWATER 3-1 CHILSWORTHY
Moorswater successful for the first time
The final of the Launceston and District Knock-out Cup took place on Wednesday evening, when Chilsworthy, who defeated Launceston the previous week, met Moorswater, who had disposed of St Dominic, on Monday night. On these displays Moorswater were the fancied team but Chilsworthy have a reputation for upsetting foregone conclusions, and this match proved to be one of the most exciting finals of this competition seen for some time.
The crowd of about eight hundred had an early taste of the thrills that were to come when Moorswater broke away from the kick-off and within the first three minutes had notched a goal through Bush, their centre-forward.
With this goal to their credit, Moorswater pressed hard and were not afraid to shoot, but they did not score again in the first half. On the other hand, Chilsworthy began to take their share of the play, and until the half-time whistle played the better and more forceful football, forcing several corners, with Pethick, the centre-forward, having hard luck on more than one occasion. But the Moorswater defence proved safe, inspired by the brilliant display of Pearce, their goalie, and the medial whistle came with Moorswater still one up.
After the interval, Chilsworthy kept up the attack and eventually secured the equaliser through Wearing. This spurred the Moorswater forwards, and they were soon off again, giving a great exhibition of scientific football, and following heavy pressure, they were rewarded by another good goal, Clark scoring with a nice shot. Moorswater supporters were now given plenty to shout about for their team began to play grand football, and though Chilsworthy made several desperate attacks, the issue was placed practically beyond doubt when Hobbs, a schoolboy, and the youngest player on the field, gave Moorswater their third and last goal of the match, the game ending shortly later Moorswater the cup winners by three goals to one.
Mr F.W. Blank, secretary of the competition, in introducing the president, Mr E.F. Baker, commented on the sporting spirit in which the game had been played, and said that he was glad to see the cup going to a new home, and hoped to welcome more teams from that quarter in the future. Mr Baker endorsed Mr Blank's statements, and presented the cup to Moorswater and miniature cups to all the players, the winning captain replying in a neat and sportsmanlike speech.
The teams were: -
Chilsworthy- Matthews; Reynolds and Dodd; Allen; Pengelly and Doidge; Geake, Wearing, Pethick, Burley and Pridham.
Moorswater:-Pearce; Saunders and Richards, Pink; Rogers and Harper; Cowling; Hobbs, Bush, Clark and Stephens.