Match Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC continues fighting, but Memphis 901 FC prevails 5-0

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 28, 2019) – Bethlehem Steel FC came up against another team on a tear in Memphis 901 FC tonight. The Steel fought throughout the match, but Memphis put in a stellar performance to finish the match with a 5-0 win.  

It all started out quick tonight in AutoZone Park, with Memphis getting on the board with a seventh-minute goal from Elliot Collier. Things piled on quickly for the Steel, as former Philadelphia Union midfielder Marcus Epps added his name to the scoresheet and former Steel FC forward Brandon Allen, the brother of Union defender RJ Allen, tallied a brace (29’, 36’) before the half was up. The Steel defense tightened things up in the second half, with Liam Doyle adding the lone Memphis goal in the 50th minute after bodying out Steel goalkeeper Todd Morton on a set piece. In the end 901 FC has been on a hot streak, taking down most challengers and rested their top-choice starters for the mid-week matchup against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in order to focus on picking up points in this match. 5-0 at the end and Memphis continued their run of form.

Steel FC goalkeeper Todd Morton was able to make three saves in tonight’s match, including one where he had to make a diving stop to shut down the 901 FC attack. His three stops bring him to 38 total on the year and tie him with former Philadelphia Union Academy shot stopper Tomás Romero for most on the Steel in 2019. Defender Walter Cortés made a game-high six tackles against Memphis, while Faris made a team-high four attempts on goal.

The Steel return home for their final home match of the 2019 USL Championship Regular Season next weekend for a showdown with Charlotte Independence on Sunday, October 6 (7:30 p.m. ET | Talen Energy Stadium | Chester, Pa. | ESPN +). The match is part of another double header at Talen Energy Stadium with Philadelphia Union taking on New York City FC beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.

RECAP:

Bethlehem Steel FC 0 – Memphis 901 FC 5
AutoZone Park (Memphis, Tenn.)
Saturday, September 28, 2019

TODAY’S MATCH INFO:

Venue: AutoZone Park, Memphis, Tenn.
Referee: Alejandro Mariscal
Assistant Referees: Trent van Haitsma; Kyle Johnston
Fourth Official: Ronald Ware
Weather: 86 degrees and cloudy
Attendance: 6,078

GOALS/ASSISTS

MEM – Elliot Collier (Cameron Lindley) 7’
MEM – Marcus Epps (Liam Doyle) 15’
MEM – Brandon Allen (Cameron Lindley) 29’
MEM – Brandon Allen (Adam Najem) 36’
MEM – Liam Doyle (Josh Morton) 50’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

BST – Cole Turner (caution) 47’
BST – Axel Picazo (caution) 76’
MEM – Duane Muckette (caution) 83’
BST – Ben Ofeimu (caution) 89’

LINEUP

Bethlehem Steel FC: Todd Morton; Walter Cortés, Ben Ofeimu, Nathan Harriel, Issa Rayyan (Shanyder Borgelin 61’); Chavany Willis (Zach Zandi 62’), James Chambers ©; Cole Turner, Axel Picazo; Faris (Saed Díaz 72’), Michee Ngalina

Substitutes not used: Ben Martino; Yomi Samuele Scintu

Memphis 901 FC: Jeff Caldwell; Josh Morton, Liam Doyle, Marc Burch ©, Ewan Grandison; Dan Metzger, Cameron Lindley (Leston Paul 70’); Marcus Epps (Lagos Kunga 57’), Adam Najem, Elliot Collier (Duane Muckette 61’); Brandon Allen

Substitutes not used: Scott Levene; Wesley Charpie, Pierre Da Silva, Jacob Hauser-Ramsey

TEAM NOTES

Bethlehem Steel FC goalkeeper Todd Morton made three saves in tonight’s match against Memphis 901 FC. His three stops raise his total to 38 on the season and tie him with Tomás Romero for the team-high lead in 2019.

Defender Walter Cortés made a game-high six tackles against Memphis tonight. The Costa Rican also created two chances and won one foul.

Most of the Steel’s 10 total shots came from Faris, with the Cameroonian forward making a team-high four attempts. Faris still leads the club with seven goals in 2019.

The Steel return home for their final home match of the 2019 USL Championship Regular Season next weekend for a showdown with Charlotte Independence on Sunday, October 6 (7:30 p.m. ET | Talen Energy Stadium | Chester, Pa. | ESPN +). The match is part of another double header at Talen Energy Stadium with Philadelphia Union taking on New York City FC beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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