by F. S. Nonnemacher
Bethlehem Steel's second disastrous setback in as many weeks occurred on Saturday afternoon on the Steel Field when Fall River, heated rival of the local soccer club, captured the final meeting between these two teams this season and seriously impaired the chances of the Steel Workers in the American Soccer League race. The final score was 3 to 1 in favor of the visitors.
The Bethlehem machine failed to function as perfectly as has been its lot in previous games and serious defects were noticeable in several positions. More than once under fire part of the defense wavered with the result that Fall River made the most of their opportunities and notched at least two goals that might have been prevented.
The biggest crowd in several seasons witnessed a hard fought game. It was a partisan crowd but one that did not fail to recognized any meritorious or brilliant play on the part of the visitors and frequently the invading clan was showered with plaudits. However, gloom settled over the vast gathering as the minutes quickly waned and then at the final whistle Bethlehem was still two goals down.
There was little to choose in the forward line of either team. McGowan, Tommy Croft, the famed Irish Internationalist, and Harold Brittan, former center forward of the Steel team, were continuous threats and whenever this combination swept down the field it was usually to challenge the Bethlehem custodian if the movement advanced beyond the halfback line.
Bethlehem may have had the best of the major portion of play but then it's goals that count and it was goals that Fall River was able to score. The visitors took no chances and when one goal to the good never hesitated in kicking out when pressure became severe.
It seemed almost a miracle that Fall River prevented Bethlehem scoring in the first fifteen minutes of play. In all this time the ball scarcely traveled beyond midfield and with Bethlehem pressing in Fall River territory, Goldie in centering shot by and instant later a movement started by Stark counted for naught when the Bethlehem center lashed the ball to Goldie and Rollo met his center only to shot by. Stark shot by and then Kerr handled for the first time in saving from Rollo.
McGowan, the Fall River outside right, running loose all afternoon, carried the ball down the field, passing to Croft. The former Irish Internationalist tricked Young and then practically unmolested walked the ball toward goal where he flicked to the right corner of the net, well out of the reach of Carson. However, this same Croft caused his team the loss of another goal when later he again beat the Bethlehem defense but his effort to place in the corner of the net went harmlessly by the upright. Bethlehem fought hard to equalize but half time ended with the score 1 goal to none in favor of Fall River.
Hopes of overcoming the lead of the visitors faded shortly after the restart. Scarcely five minutes of play had been consumed when Harold Brittan found himself in position to shoot and with no one near him. Not hesitating an instant Brittan cut loose with one of his best shots, beating Carson with a terrific drive.
The Steel Workers refused to concede the invaders a victory and fought with a determination even more pronounced than before. However, the Fall River defense resorting to every strategic artifice at their command never faltered in meeting the attacks of the Steel Workers. Finally the opportunity was presented which resulted in Bethlehem first and only goal. McDonald from close to midfield drove the ball high and fast toward the goal mouth. Kerr came out Stark beat him to it and with a leap in the air directed the ball into the net with both players following as the result of the collision.
But Fall River still had another goal in their system and this was unleashed by the always dangerous McGowan. In a scrimmage in front of the Bethlehem goal the ball was lashed. The lineup:
Bethlehem -- Fall River
Carson -- G -- Kerr
Young -- RFB -- Tate
D. Ferguson -- LFB -- Lorimer
McDonald -- RHB -- McPherson
Carnihan -- CHB -- Raeside
McGregor -- LHB -- Fryer
Forrest -- OR -- Campbell
Granger -- IR -- Croft
Stark -- CF -- Brittan
Rollo -- OL -- Morley
Goldie -- IL -- McGowan
Goals: Croft, Brittan, McGowan, Stark. Referee: Oates; Philadelphia. Neutral linesmen, Start and Walders. Time of halves, 45 minutes.