Bethlehem, PA. (July 21, 2016) – Bethlehem Steel FC put a two game winning streak on the line against incoming City Islanders FC on a Thursday evening at Goodman Stadium.
The game started off very slow as both teams focused on a more defensive style of play. Both teams pushed forward to attack but the compact defenses kept each other from finishing any chances in the attacking third.
Captain Ryan Richter came the closest to breaking deadlock in the 25th minute shooting a direct free kick towards City Islanders keeper Keasel Broome. The curling effort was stopped by Broome but dropped. Cory Burke almost put the follow up in the back of the net but Broome dove and collected.
Harrisburg was given a golden opportunity in the 30th minute when they won a free kick from right outside the 18-yard-box. Jose Barril stepped up to take it but his effort did not have enough room to rise and dip over the wall. The score remained 0-0 at halftime.
In the second half, both teams continued the playing pattern and deadlock remained. Shaun McLaws had a chance to get on the scoreboard but Steel FC keeper Matt Jones made a full strechted effort and caught the ball 8 yards off his line.
Harrisburg opened up the scoring in the 74th minute, when Cardel Benbow played a cross straight in the path of substitute Brett Jankouskas. He slotted it in past keeper Jones.
The game ended with super sub Amoy Brown trying and getting 3-4 shots towards goal at the end, but to no avail. Islanders claimed a 1-0 win after 90 minutes and four minutes of extra time added on at the end.
Steel FC return to Goodman Stadium on Sunday, July 24 to face Rochester Rhinos at 4 p.m. Single game and group tickets are available by visiting bethlehemsteelfc.com or by calling 844-STEELFC.
The team will follow it up with two more home games against the likes of Toronto FC II, and Charlotte Independence.
Bethlehem Steel FC 0, Harrisburg City Islanders FC 1
Shots: 7-5 (Bethlehem)
Shots On Goal: 3-2 (Bethlehem)
Corners: 5-1 (Bethlehem)
Saves: 3-1 (Harrisburg)
Fouls: 18-15 (Bethlehem)
74’ Brett Jankouskas (Cardel Benbow)
22’ Cole Missimo (Yellow Card)
24’ Dante Leverock (Yellow Card)
29’ Matt Bolduc (Yellow Card)
79’ Cardel Benbow (Yellow Card)
89’ Anderson Conceicao (Yellow Card)
BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI
Matt Jones; Ryan Richter ©, Nick Bibbs, Anderson Conceicao, Taylor Washington; Boluwatife Akinyode (Anthony Fontana 79’), James Chambers; Derrick Jones (Amoy Brown 81’); Cole Missimo (Gabe Gissie 62’), Josh Heard (Jamie Luchini 62’), Cory Burke (Seku Conneh 66’)
Substitutes not used: Samir Badr, Fred da Silva
HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS FC STARTING XI
Keasel Broome; Jamie Thomas, Liam Doyle, Dante Leverock, Shawn Mclaws; Cardel Benbow, Bobby Warshaw ©, Mohammed Dabo, Matt Bolduc (Josh Hughes 82’); Jose Barril (Donny DiPrima 85’), Garret Pettis (Brett Jankouskas 66’)
Substitutes not used: Nick Noble, Shane Campbell, Yousseff Naciri, Josh Hughes, Donny DiPrima, Cam Vickers
Elvis Mahmutovic, Ryan Dos Reis (Assistant), Terrence Mull (Assistant), Kevin Lock (Fourth)
· Nick Bibbs made his first ever start for Bethlehem Steel FC
· Matt Jones was featured in the starting XI for the second time this season.
· Amoy Brown returned to action as substitute in the 81st minute
· Bethlehem Steel FC now have a record of 6-7-6 in their inaugural 2016 season and a 4-3-2 record at home. This game was the third of six straight home games for Steel FC
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.