A lackluster evening for the Charleston Battery ultimately led to defeat as Memphis 901 FC prevailed at Patriots’ Point thanks to a pair of first-half goals on Friday night.
The match, which was close in possession but not in clear-cut chances, swung the visitor’s way just after half an hour after the Battery were caught wanting from a throw-in, and a cleared ball from the edge of the box eventually found its way to Luiz Fernando to score.
The already mounting pressure from Memphis, combined with the goal meant that the Battery were on the back foot for the rest of the half, and eventually, they would succumb again through Jeremy Kelly’s tap in at the back post about five minutes from halftime.
In all, it was a frustrating evening, though Hugo Fauroux made four saves for the Black and Yellow in the losing effort, which comes as little consolation to anyone of a Charleston persuasion as the Battery could only force one shot on target, a header from Geobel Perez that would have gotten his team back into the thick of it with six minutes left. if not for a great save at the back post by Andrew Romig in the Memphis goal.
Memphis would get a man sent off in the 81st minute as Niall Logue received his marching orders for a second bookable offense after a tackle from behind in midfield, but despite earning a couple great openings after the sending off, the Battery were unable to make use of their advantage.
The tough night continues a difficult beginning of the season, as injuries have also not helped Conor Casey implement the vision he had for the team at the beginning of the year as he took the helm at the Battery.
However. the Battery cannot dwell on the loss for too long and their next game welcomes New Mexico United to town in a Black and Yellow Derby. The match is on Saturday, May 14th, and those of you who cannot get to Patriot’s Point can stream the match on ESPN+.
TOP IMAGE: JOE SCHMIDT ARGUES A CALL IN FRIDAY’S LOSS TO MEMPHIS. CHARLESTON BATTERY PHOTO