Watch: James Chambers smashes home free kick as Bethlehem Steel reach USL semi finals

Sun, Oct 21 2018

Chambers won the FAI Cup in 2014 with St Patrick's Athletic. Credit: Darragh Connolly (ETPhotos)

Former St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers midfielder James Chambers let by example as his bullet free kick helped Bethlehem Steel to the semi-finals of the USL Eastern Conference.

The captain scored late in extra time to level the game at 2-2 and scored the first penalty in the shootout as the Steel beat Pittsburgh Riverhounds 7-6 after sudden death.

The Steel came from behind twice in the game to set up a semi-final encounter with Louisville, who have Dublin-born midfielder Niall McCabe in their squad.

Ben Zemanski had given the Riverhounds the lead midway through the first half, but an equaliser from Michee Ngalina 20 minutes from the end forced extra time.

Pittsburgh regained the lead on the stroke of half time in extra time as Hugh Roberts bundled the ball home, but Dubliner Chambers got the Steel back on level terms as he shot in off the post.

In one of the evening's other quarter-finals, Paddy Barrett captained the side and Richie Ryan was an extra-time as Cincinnati edged out Nashville 6-5 on penalties.