Like in their first meeting of the year, both sides were left to rue missed chances as the Charleston Battery and Orlando City B took a point each from their midweek meeting on Wednesday.
The first half was somewhat cagey, played in midfield and certainly a stalemate, but it was Charleston who could say they were in the ascendancy for most of the second 45, and were unlucky not to come away with all three points.
Only five minutes in, it was Orlando ‘keeper Mark Ridgers who was forced into a save, when a cross on the left was deflected by his own man toward the goal. Ridgers got down quickly to save with his feet, and the ball was cleared with no one following in on the shot in Black and Yellow.
In the 12th minute, Obi Woodbine would get beaten for pace on the wing, but did well to recover and clear the ball out for a throw-in. The throw was taken quickly, and found the head of a player in purple, but the shot would sail wide.
Five minutes later, Emmanuel Adjetey, rewarded for his recent efforts on the wing in cameos with a start tonight on the left, had a pop when Maikel Chang found him with a low cross from the right flank, but he couldn’t get any purchase on the strike, though forced the goalkeeper into a smart save with the effort. The shot did careen to Justin Portillo, who collected and had a go himself, but his curling shot went just wide of the target.
Maikel Chang had a shot saved on 37, as his effort wobbled safely into Ridgers arms, as both teams went into the break scoreless. Portillo was booked late on in the first half, and will miss the trip to New York to play Red Bulls II.
On the other side of the break, Orlando had a chance saved by Odisnel Cooper, who was deputizing for an injured Alex Tambakis, as a ball was crossed on the right and flicked toward goal.
Romario Williams was on the back end of a counter which led him clean through on 54′, but Ridgers in goal came out to make himself big and produce another good save to deny the home side. The night was getting more and more frustrating for the Black and Yellow.
A ball down the left was played into the box and led to an Orlando chance on 62′, but the effort was high.
There was a double sub in the 65th minute for the Battery, with Dante Marini and Heviel Cordoves coming on for Chris Tsonis and Emmanuel Adjetey. Both players played decent, but the Battery were going to need a little something extra to win the match, and given Marini’s pace, and Cordoves’ hold up play, they were hoping they would provide that something.
And Cordoves almost had a chance just two minutes after coming on, but his shot from just outside the box took a deflection and fell into the path of Romario Williams, who may’ve gotten the ball stuck under his feet as his own shot was blocked down and went behind for a corner, which was eventually cleared away.
A long ball in the 70th minute left Cooper in a spot of bother as an attacker tried to chip it over him as he came out, but the effort went high over the bar.
Ricky Garbanzo came on for Romario Williams in the 78th. Williams was getting in behind the Orlando defense on a couple of occasions, but had just begun to run out of steam.
With 6 minutes left, the Battery earned a corner, and Taylor Mueller rose highest to meet it and direct an effort toward goal, but the ball was cleared off the line.
Odisnel Cooper was then forced into a save after a through ball found an Orlando frontman smartly, who shot low trying to fit the ball through the ‘keeper, but the danger was averted and the ball cleared.
The Battery earned a corner at the death, which found its way to Heviel Cordoves, who couldn’t keep a difficult shot down, which meant that both teams shared the points.
This was the last meeting with Orlando this season. There’s a full ten days between fixtures, as the Battery next face New York Red Bulls II on Saturday, July 23rd, with kick off at 4PM.
TOP IMAGE: THE JUMBOTRON BROADSIDE’S SCORE REMAINED THE SAME FOR 90 MINUTES AS THE BATTERY DREW WITH ORLANDO CITY B WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ALL PHOTOS CREDIT ROSS ALMERS