BY JOHN ACE
The Battery still remain winless after a notably flat performance in Rochester. A 19th minute goal by JC Banks was enough to keep the Battery at bay, though a late effort from Colin Falvey was cleared off the line by Pat McMahon.
Rochester were the better side for the whole match, as evident by the large amounts of possession being kept by the Rhinos, and they made their pressure pay with a 19th minute goal from JC Banks, his 3rd of the year.
The dominance continued in the 2nd half, but the Battery had 2 late chances, one from Aminu Abdallah, which went high over the crossbar, and one from Colin Falvey in the final seconds, which was cleared by last defender Pat McMahon after beating the Rhinos ‘Keeper.
It was a much changed team from the one which drew against Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jackson Farmer, Colin Falvey, (who returned from suspension) and Eric Shannon in goal were notable changes, while Adam Mena started up front in place of Heviel Cordoves.
The Battery again started slow, though tonight, it was to be punished, when Lance Rozeboom got around Taylor Mueller, and played the ball to Banks, who cut the ball across Eric Shannon in the Battery goal to put the home side ahead.
The Rhinos played out the rest of the 1st half without much resistance from the Battery.
The 2nd half didn’t fare much better, the Rhinos were in full control, and things didn’t get much better, as the online stream gods seemed to be against us as well, and from the 64th minute until the final 10, the stream went black.
Thankfully, not much happened until then, and the Battery would save the little bit of drama they would provide for late on.
First , Aminu Abdallah had a crack from outside the box, which narrowly went over the bar, but our best chance came with seconds to go.
Colin Falvey got his head on a deeply played Zach Prince corner, but Pat McMahon cleaed the ball away right off the line after it beat his ‘Keeper.
And that’s how it finished, the Battery are still in search of their first win, with two losses and three draws. They continue their hunt against the Harrisburg City Islanders on May 2nd.