Around 500 to 600 fans enjoyed a chance to watch the reigning Division 3 champions the Battery take on the Division 2 champions, the Puerto Rico Islanders.
Brandon Massie made a great run down the right side and beat his marker, made a great cross that a diving JC Mack just missed. In the dying minutes of the game, the Battery nearly got the equalizer when College of Charleston product, Sean Flatley, beat his man in the air and nearly headed a cross in to tie the match up.
The match ended 1-0 and over all it looked like a pretty even match, with the Battery having quite a few scoring chances and controlling the midfield for a large portion of the match but the Islanders scoring the goal and that the only statistic that matters in the end.
Overall the Battery looked sharp and ready to go for the Saturday.
The Islanders seemed to have to make a few adjustments to their back line as Needham seems to yell at his defenders a lot and Clark was constantly telling Martinez he need to be faster and telling him to adjust his positioning, but did a good job keeping up with speedy Dane Kelly and Seedy Bah.
Adderly up top was quite for most the match but Fana who seemed to play behind Adderly was very lively. He tracked back onto defense when needed and was quick put the Battery under pressure. Burse made a couple good saves that kept the Battery off the score sheet. Emory caused some problems for guys coming down the wings.
Here is the starting line up along with a list of the players that were subbed in. I lost track who came in for who but I think you see a similar line up starting on Saturday.
|Mike Zaher takes on goal scorer Matt Bouraee|
For more photos of the match, see Kim Gregory's album here