A penalty kick from the toe of "Jock" Marshall won the game for the Bethlehem Steel soccer team by the score of 4 to 3 in the last half minute of play on Saturday afternoon, defeating the New York Celtics in one of the most loosely played and yet thrilling games played in this city. The Celtics, minus quite a number of their regulars, who were out on account of injuries, displayed a fighting spirit that won for them the plaudits of the several hundred fans present.
Bethlehem scored first when Stark completed a fast shot that Jaap had directed at the New York goal. The Celtics came back strong shortly after when Herd, New York center forward, drove a fast one past the Bethlehem goalie. However, before the half ended, the Bethlehemites were once more in the lead with Gillespie getting the credit for the second goal. In this half the Steelworkers completely outplayed the Celtics in every scientific department of the game and but for the brilliant work of the Celtic goalie the score might have been larger.
In the second half an inspired Celtic eleven trotted out on the field and within a short time had evened the count at two all when Herd once more broke loose and scored. With the score even the locals set about in earnest to take the lead and although they compelled the Celtics to take the defense they were unable to pierce the strong guard that Simon, Celtic goalie, and the two fullbacks presented. With ten minutes to go the Steelworkers received a golden opportunity when a free kick was awarded to them. Marshall, veteran fullback, off whose toe many a penalty kick has resulted, did not fail and succeeded in making the count 3-2 in favor of Bethlehem.
Undaunted the New Yorkers carried the fight right into Bethlehem territory and although forced to spend most of their time in defending their goal, the Irishmen made things uneasy for the locals whenever they got within kicking distance of the Bethlehem goal. With three minutes to play, Miller, Celtic left halfback, received a pass from Herd and bewildered Edwards, the Bethlehem goalie, long enough to shoot the ball in for the tying tally.
With the game nearly ended the Bethlehemites pressed hard and again the Celtics displayed unusual pluck when they stopped many quick successive tries the fast shooting Bethlehem forwards made for goal. With scarcely a minute to play the Celtics were penalized within their goal area, when one of their backs touched the all during a lively scrimmage, and Marshall made good the penalty kick that won the game. In doing so, the Celtics died hard for their goalie, Simon, who had played spectacular ball throughout the game, managed to stop the shot that Marshall kicked at him, but in doing so lost his balance and Marshall dashed in and completed the job. The lineup:
Bethlehem Steel -- N. Y. Celtics
Edwards -- G -- Simon
Ferguson -- RFB -- Brown
Marshall -- LFB -- Smith
Carnihan -- RHB -- Comiskey
McGregor -- CHB -- Terris
Reid -- LHB -- Miller
Jaap -- OR -- Austin
Stark -- IR -- O'Neil
Gillespie -- CF -- Herd
Rollo -- IL -- Price
Massie -- OL -- Rafferty (Murphy)
Referee: Fred Pepper. Linesmen: Williams and Forrest. Goals -- Bethlehem: Marshall 2, Stark, Gillespie. New York Celtics: Herd 2, Miller 1.