The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
May 2, 1927
Capture Four Points in League Games at Expense of New Bedford and Coats.

The Bethlehem Steel soccer team displayed real class over the weekend in capturing the four points in the American Soccer League contests, defeating New Bedford on the latter's field on Saturday afternoon by the score of 5 to 2 and repeating the following day at Tiverton, R. I., in defeating J. & P. Coats by the score of 6 to 5. Stark and MacGregor were among the missing in both games.

New Bedford gave the Steelmen a hard battle for forty-five minutes but in the second half wilted under the aggressive attack of the Bethlehem clan and was forced to confine the playing mostly to defensive tactics.

The Steelmen had the better of the first half and when play ended were leading by the score of 3 to 2. The restart witnessed the Bethlehem forwards pressing with renewed vigor and one raid after the other was made on the New Bedford goal. The Steelmen profited to the extent of two goals in this half while New Bedford was held scoreless and the final whistle found Bethlehem leading 5 to 2.

Bethlehem -- New Bedford
Edwards -- G -- Steele
Barrie -- RFB -- Gibson
Eadie -- LFB -- Hunter
McDonald -- RHB -- Perry
Carnihan -- CHB -- Montgomery
Reid -- LHB -- Lorimer
Jaap -- OR -- Jefford
Granger -- IR -- Maxwell
Gillespie -- CF -- Stevens
Rollo -- IL -- Patterson
Goldie -- OL -- Meat
Goals: Stevens 2, Reid, Jaap, Gillespie, Goldie 2. Time of halves, 45 minutes.

Rally to Beat Coats

Loose playing in the early minutes of the game gave J & P Coats a lead which was overcome by one of the most brilliant rallies ever staged by a Bethlehem soccer team to win in Tiverton on Sunday by the score of 6 to 5.

Although defeated the Threadmakers experienced the distinction of pilling up the biggest score against Bethlehem this years and only once previous were there more goals counted against the Bethlehem team, a feat accomplished by the New York Giants last year in the American Soccer League Cup competition.

Edwards was relieved of the goal tending duties for the game against Coats and Galbraith, a newcomer to the club this season, pressed into service. The speed of the Pawtucket forward somewhat dazzled him in the opening minute of play and after eight minutes Coats had notched its third goal. From then on Bethlehem played soccer with the defense much stronger.

The end of the first half had Coats leading by the score of 4 to 1. With the restart the spectators witnessed one of the most brilliant rallies ever seen on a soccer field when the Steel men came from behind a three goal lead and won out by the margin of one goal.

At the kickoff in the second half Bethlehem was the aggressor and one attack after the other was directed at the Coats goal. The Threadmakers were busy defensively that on very rare occasions did their forwards break away. Nowles, in goal for Coats, stopped quite a few dangerous shots but there were some that of the unsaveable variety that trickled into the net. Gradually the Steelmen equalized the score. Bethlehem continued its pressure and to relieve the attack Coats was guilty of handling in the penalty area. Carnihan too the kick and notched the goal which brought victory.

Bethlehem -- Coats
Galbraith -- G -- Nowles
Barrie -- RFB -- Sevenson
Eadie -- LFB -- Tate
McDonald -- RHB -- Tomson
Carnihan -- CHB -- McAvoy
Reid -- LHB -- Brooks
Forrest -- OR -- Scott
Grange -- IR -- Adams
Gillespie -- CF -- McGrane
Rollo -- IL -- Curtiss
Goldie -- OL -- Sweeney
Goals: Adams, McGrane, Sweeney 3, Goldie, Gillespie 3, Carnihan, Forrest. Referee: Norse. Linesmen: Rose and Boyce. Time of halves, 45 minutes.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club