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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 7. 1969.

Varsity v. Marist

Varsity v. Marist

In a fast even game at Macalister Lower, Varsity was beaten 2-1 by Marist

Both teams were untroubled by the windy conditions and played some good fool ball in the first half.

Marist opened the scoring midway through the half, and though both sides went close to scoring on several occasions, the half-time whistle sounded with no further additions to the score.

Varsity had the better of the early exchanges in the second half, and drew level in the 13th minute when John Gallagher scored with a fierce drive.

As the game progressed the Marist attacks became more frequent and in the 35th minute they scored the winning goal. This goal was hotly disputed by the University players, who claimed that the ball had passed at least a foot outside the post, but after consulting the Marist players referee Kennedy allowed the goal.

This type of dispute would not occur if the Wellington Football Association fallowed a policy of playing First Division games only on grounds whose goats are equipped with nets. There is far too much at stake in the First Division these days for a game to be decided by a suspect goal.