The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
March 30, 1925 (1923?)
American League Game Saturday With Coats Eleven Gives Bethlehem Team

The Bethlehem Steel F. C., defeated J & P Coats in a well-played and interesting American League soccer game Saturday, 4 goals to 2. With Fall River idle in league competition the steel workers, with one more game played, thus tied for first place in the circuit. The game was fast from start to finish and both teams were dangerous at all times. Bethlehem did the bulk of pressing, but the opportunities presented the visitors were dangerous. Murphy the visitors' custodian, was much busier than Carson and saved quite a few shots that were labeled. One of his saves was on a penalty kick taken by Stark in the first half.

Bethlehem scored twice in each half. While Coats scored one each in the two sessions. Twenty minutes of the first half elapsed before Bethlehem counted its first goal, notched by Stark. It came shortly after Stark failed on a penalty kick, when Turner sent across a perfect pass and Murphy was completely beaten by Stark's shot. Five minutes later, Hibbert, who scored both goals for Coats, equalized following a torrid scrimmage in front of the goal mouth on a corner kick. Bethlehem forged to the front in the last 10 minutes of play. D. Ferguson sent the ball down the center, the wind carrying it toward the goal. In handling, Murphy dropped the ball when charged by Stark and Goldie, and the latter put his toe to it before Murphy could recover and clear.

Play had hardly started, after the teams turned around when Maxwell started a movement that was productive. Drawing the defense toward him he slashed the ball to Goldie. The latter crossed and Rollo, leaving his feet, headed into the net.

Bethlehem's first goal was converted on a penalty against H. McAvoy for back charging when Goldie was carrying the ball in . Goldie took the kick and directed a terrific shot well out of the reach of Murphy. In spite of this lead, and with Adams having left the game in the last 10 minutes of play because of an injury to his leg, the visitors played hard and were rewarded for their efforts in the closing minutes of the game, when Hibbert again scored. The latter, with Harvey played best on the visitors' forward line and were always dangerous.

The lineup:

Bethlehem Steel -- J & P Coats
Carson -- G -- Murphy
Young -- RFB -- R. Perry
D. Ferguson -- LFB -- Allan
McDonald -- RHB -- Adams
Carnihan -- CHB -- S. McAvoy
MacGregor -- LHB -- R. McAvoy
Turner -- OR -- Harvey
Maxwell -- IR -- Drummond
Stark -- CF -- McGran
Rollo -- IL -- Hibbert
Goldie -- OL -- Hogg
Goals -- Stark, Rollo, Goldie 2, Hibbert 2. Referee -- A. Courage, Philadelphia.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club