The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Monday, February 13, 1928
After Dropping All Four Clashes in First Half of Season, They Win 2-1.

Unable to down the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club in any of the four games played in the first half of the American Soccer League season, Fall River came through to annex t heir first triumph over the Steelmen on the home grounds at Tiverton, R. I., on Sunday afternoon, winning by the close score of 2 to 1. The Marksmen were triumphant in a hair raising contest that was filled with plenty of action and brilliant playing on the part of the two teams.

Again the Steelmen went to post with a rearranged forward line. Walter Jackson, an inside forward her on Saturday against Providence swapped positions with Stark and did duty at outside right. Johnny Rollo, who played a halfback, was hustled to the forward line in place of Granger and played inside forward to Goldie.

Edwards, in goal for the Steelmen, was the outstanding performer of the afternoon, saving the day on more than one occasion. Had it not been for the clever goal keeping of Edwards, the score might have been larger, as the Fall River team was aiming them straight at Bethlehem's goal. The same applied to Harper, the Fall River custodian who had an extremely busy afternoon.

On the other hand, the Bethlehem team displayed a good brand of soccer, but seemed to lack the necessary goal-scoring punch.

Several times t hey came near tallying, only for the alert efforts of Harper, who like Edwards, played a stellar game between the poles.

Gillespie scored Bethlehem's only tally, while the scoring for Fall River went to Abdullah and McPherson. Abdullah, who had been absent from Fall River's fold, returned to the lineup Sunday and distinguished himself by scoring one of the goals. He retired in the second half in favor of Graham. The lineup:

Fall River -- Bethlehem
Harper -- G -- Edwards
McGill -- RFB -- Reid
McAuley -- LFB -- McMeekin
McPherson -- RHB -- Robertson
Wilson -- CHB -- Carnihan
Coyle -- LHB -- McGregor
Harvey -- OR -- W. Jackson
Abdullah -- IR -- Stark
Brittan -- C -- Gillespie
Kelly -- IL -- Rollo
McEschran -- OL -- Goldie
Goals -- Fall River: Abdullah, McPherson; Bethlehem: Gillespie. Referee - Wm. Morse. Linesmen: Richard Ross and Alfred White. Substitutions: Graham for Abdullah. Time: 45 minute halves.

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