A revamped Bethlehem Steel soccer team earned the needed point to clinch the American Soccer League championship in New York on Sunday afternoon when in conflict with the Giants before a crowd of four thousand fans the contest ended in a 3 goal draw.
Laying up many of the regulars as a precaution against injury with the big Hakoah international tussle in Bethlehem on Wednesday afternoon and the Eastern National cup final to be played next Sunday, the management mustered together every available reserve and included Joe Morrison, a clever local product, for the lineup.
The game had gone fifteen minutes when Bethlehem broke into the scoring column. Gillespie sent in a drive that struck the cross bar. On the rebound Forrest got possession and banged the ball into the Giants net for the first score of the game. A faulty clearance on the part of McAdam enabled Terris to make it 2 to 0 for Bethlehem fifteen minutes later.
Bethlehem was having much of the better of play but in the closing minutes of the half the Giants rallied and finally Brown broke through. He drew Edwards out of the goal and then located the ball into the net for the Giants first counter. The half ended with Bethlehem leading by the score of 2 to 1.
Bethlehem was on the defensive during the Giant rally immediately after the restart and five minutes after the toot of the referee's whistle the New Yorkers attack was productive. Off Haeusler's pass, Brown evened up the score with a beautiful shot from twenty yards out.
The teams remained in even terms until fifteen minutes from full time when Johnny Rollo scored the prettiest goal of the game. Getting possession twenty years out Rollo surprised and beat Douglas when he whipped around and banged the ball into the net with a rifle shot drive.
Bethlehem fought hard to protect the one goal margin but the Giants were equally as determined and two minutes later Brown again equalized with a goal scored from a mix-up close to the net.
N. Y. Giants -- Bethlehem
Douglas -- G -- Edwards
McAdam -- RFB -- Barrie
Tandler LFB -- Ferguson
Herd -- RFB -- Reid
Guttman -- CHB -- Rankin
Pollok -- LHB -- Robertson
Heirlander -- OR -- Forrest
Haeusler -- IR -- Granger
Brown -- CF -- Gillespie
Gruenwald -- IL -- Rollo
Moorehouse -- OL -- Terris
Substitutions -- New York Giants: Reynolds for McAdam, Parkes for Guttman; Bethlehem: Morrison for Granger, Raeside for Terris. Referee: M. Bloom. Linesmen: J. Cunningham and J. Courage. Goals: Brown 3, Forrest, Terris, Rollo. Time of halves, 45 minutes.