WILMINGTON, NC. (June 17, 2016) – Bethlehem Steel FC were on the road for a second straight week in North Carolina. Playing at Legion Stadium. They earned a tough point on the road as they dre Wilmington Hammerheads FC 1-1.
Bethlehem Steel FC scored early in the 20th minute through a master class Seku Conneh goal. Derrick Jones lobbed a ball down the field as Conneh out ran two defenders and chipped the ball into the back of the net with his first touch.
Samir Badr preserved that 1-0 lead throughout the first half with some great goalkeeping. The most notable save were a series of saves in the 29th minute. After making a goal line kick save on his left, he was forced to save a second attempt on his right. Badr was called on a few times after that in the first half, but did not fail to make the save.
In the second half, Wilmington came out swinging, as their attacks grew more dangerous. Ashani Farclough scored an equalizer in the 47th minute when a Badr caught a high ball and threw it back in to play as he was falling back into goal.
Steel FC then slowed down the game and started playing with a more cautious approach. With Wilmington’s defense standing very strong, Bethlehem had very few chances.
To the disadvantage of teams, the rain started pouring very heavily halfway through the second half. This caused players on both teams to slip on various occasions.
Badr came up big once again in the 67th minute, saving what would have surely been a tiebreaker. Wilmington player Justin Moose shot from point blank range and Badr kick saved off the line again.
Steel FC return to Goodman Stadium on Sunday, July 10 to face Pittsburgh River Hounds at 4 p.m. Single game and group tickets are available by visiting bethlehemsteelfc.com or by calling 844-STEELFC.
The team will now play three games on the road with the next matchup against Richmond Kickers on Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m.
Bethlehem Steel FC 0, Wilmington Hammerheads FC 0
Shots: 10-5 (Wilmington)
Shots On Goal: 4-3 (Wilmington)
Corners: 5-1 (Wilmington)
Saves: 3-2 (Bethlehem)
19’ – Seku Conneh (Derrick Jones assist)
48’ – Ashani Fairclough
57’ Bolu Akinyode
63’ Casey Townsend
89’ Derrick Jones
BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI
Samir Badr; Ryan Richter ©, Mickey Daly, Auston Trusty, Taylor Washington; Bolu Akinyode, Derrick Jones, James Chambers (Josh Heard 90’), Cole Missimo (Jamie Luchini 62’); Seku Conneh, Cory Burke (Justin McMaster 90’)
Substitutes not used: CJ Dos Santos, Nick Bibbs, Gabe Gissie, Mark Mckenzie
WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS FC
John Smits; Ashani Fairclough, Tom Parratt (Logan Miller 76’), Mael Corboz, Kyle Parker (Qudus Lawal 81’); Bruno Perone (Stefan Defregger53’), Jeff Michaud (Casey Townsend 47’), Justin Moose, Liam Miller, Austin Martz, Peabo Doue
Substitutes not use: Sam William, Zev Taubleb, Matt Bames Homer
Jorge Ramirez, Erick Varone (Assistant), Brian Bozard (Assistant), Patrick Whitman (Fourth)
· Seku Conneh scored his first goal of the season after making just his fourth start of the season
· Samir Badr recorded three saves in this game, the most he has made in a game this season
· Justin McMaster made just his second appearance for Bethlehem Steel FC
· Bethlehem Steel FC now have a record of 4-4-5 in their inaugural 2016 season and a 2-2-2 record at home. This was also the second road win of the season
ABOUT BETHLEHEM STEEL FC
Bethlehem Steel FC joined the United Soccer League officially on Oct. 27, 2015. Based in Bethlehem, Pa. in the Lehigh Valley, it is the official USL affiliate of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Also owned and operated by Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the team started their inaugural season on March 25, 2016 at FC Montreal and played the home opener at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium on April 3, 2016. For more information about Bethlehem Steel FC, visit www.bethlehemsteelfc.com.