Photo Courtesy FC Montreal
Bethlehem Steel FC fell to FC Montreal 3-2 on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Quebec. The loss drops Bethlehem’s record to 6-10-8 on the season. Bethlehem will continue their road trip when they travel to Louisville to take on Louisville City FC Saturday, Aug. 27 with a kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The match started with sensational goalkeeping from Bethlehem’s Samir Badr. In the 10th minute of play Montreal’s Anthony Jackson found himself alone with Badr in the box. The Bethlehem keeper stood tall and denied Jackson of a goal to keep the match scoreless.
Later in the match, Jackson was able to win the second round against Badr. Jackson slipped behind the Bethlehem defense and found himself alone with the Steel keeper yet again. Jackson dribbled around Badr and sent a shot towards the net that bounced off the post and rattled in to give Montreal the early 1-0 lead.
Bethlehem was able to tie the match just before halftime thanks to a sensational effort from James Chambers. After earning a free-kick opportunity, Chambers struck with his right foot from distance. The ball bounced off the wet surface in front of the Montreal keeper, hit the post and found the back of the net to even the match.
Steel FC earned a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute of play thanks to Corey Burke who buried home a rebound opportunity after Josh Heard sent a shot off the opposing keeper’s chest. Burke was able to control the rebound and give Steel FC the 2-1 lead.
Montreal was able to tie the match at two in the 80th minute thanks to a set piece play. Thomas Meilleur found himself alone in the box and was able to beat Badr to tie the match at two. Shortly after in the dying moments of the match Montreal was able to take a 3-2 lead thanks to a goal from Aron Mkungilwa in the 90th minute.
Despite a furious attempt to find the equalizer Bethlehem Steel fell 3-2 to Montreal. The club will look to bounce back this Saturday when they travel to Louisville for their third consecutive road match. The club returns home Sunday, Sept. 4 when they host New York Red Bulls II. Single game and group tickets are available by visiting bethlehemsteelfc.com or by calling 844-STEELFC.
FC Montreal 3, Bethlehem Steel FC 2
Shots On Goal: 5-5
Corners: 5-4 (Montreal)
Saves: 3-2 (Montreal)
MTL - Jackson, Anthony (Mkungilwa, Aron) 32’
BSFC - Chambers, James 40’
BSFC - Burke, Cory 50’
MTL - Meilleur, Thomas (Tabla, Ballou) j-y 80’
MTL - Mkungilwa, Aron (Lincourt-Joseph) 90’
2’ – MTL Anthony Jackson (Yellow Card)
44’ – MTL Ramirez Dominguez (Yellow Card)
63’ – BSFC James Chamber (Yellow Card)
90’ – BST Seku Conneh (Yellow Card)
BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI
Samir Badr; Taylor Washington, Auston Trusty, Anderson, Ryan Richter ©; James Chambers; Derrick Jones, Josh Heard (Justin McMaster 85’); Eric Ayuk, Leo Fernandes, Corey Burke (Seku Conneh 66’)
Substitutes not used: Matt Perrela, Amoy Brown, Jamie Luchini, Fred, Nick Bibbs
FC MONTREAL STARTING XI
Maxime Crépeau; Aron Mkungilwa, Thomas Meilleur-Giguère, Kyle Fisher, Janouk Charbonneau; Marco Dominguez (Mastanabal Kacher 50’), Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé; Alessandro Riggi (Philippe Lincourt-Joseph 73’), Louis Béland-Goyette (Nevello Yoseke 90’+2’), Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla; Anthony Jackson-Hamel
Substitutes not used: Subs : David Paulmin, Jems Geffrard,, Zachary Sukunda, Heikel Jarras
Francis Latulippe (referee), Philippe Bettez Quessy (assistant), Lyes Arfa (assistant), Pierre-Luc Lauziere (fourth)