BY JOHN ACE
The Battery finally have the monkey off their back after a dominant performance on the road against Harrisburg City Islanders, which ended in a 4-0 win, their first of the season.
An early spell of chances led to Dane Kelly and Zach Prince both missing from scoring positions, Prince from both six and ten yards out, while Kelly and Omar Salgado would put chances wide. Salgado would make up for his shortcomings, however, scoring just after the 20th minute off a long ball from Quinton Griffith which put him through to shoot high past the Harrisburg ‘keeper and into the net.
Omar would then assist Zach Prince on his goal, and it was the long ball that worked again, this time with Salgado heading the ball down and on to Prince’s feet, and the local boy took a touch to beat his defender before firing the ball into the opposite corner, just before half-time.
The dominance continued into the 2nd half, and the goals didn’t stop either. This time it was Andre Lewis on 61, who was found by Mamadou Diouf, who was a 2nd half sub. Then, to cap it all off, the pair exchanged roles to give Diouf a goal just before full-time.
The Battery started off much the better side from the get-go, Dane Kelly flashing a header over the bar on 11, while Zach Prince fired over the bar three minutes later from a volley.
And there were other half chances for both sides, that they were wasting, but after 25 minutes, a calculated ball from Quinton Griffith found on-loan striker Omar Salgado, who held off his defender well before striking the ball past the Harrisburg ‘keeper into the top of the net.
The visitors maintained dominance, something that had been tough in games passed this season, and got some insurance through Zach Prince. It was Salgado who turned provider this time, after he headed down another long ball, and Prince took a touch before firing a shot all along the ground and into the far corner for 2-0.
Out of the break, the Battery never took their feet off the gas, and though the Islanders tried to get a foot back into the match, just after the hour mark, it was Andre Lewis who made the mountain even tougher to climb, when Mamadou Diouf went down the left side, squared to Lewis, who finished well to make it three.
Things got worse for the Islanders as Ethan White got a red card for an apparent punch on Mamadou Diouf, and Harrisburg would play the rest of the match with ten men.
And the Battery put a cherry on top after Andre Lewis’ initial shot was cleared off the line, from the left, but Mamadou picked up the rebound and fired straight back in past the ‘keeper, and his defense for the fourth goal of the evening.
This marks 2 successive defeats by 3 goals or more for Harrisburg, who lost last time out to the Orange County Blues by a scorline of 4-1, so it’s apparent that the Battery have hit them at the right time.
The Battery end their 4-match away run against the Dayton Dutch Lions on Sunday at 7PM, before returning to Blackbaud on May 10th for the Southern Derby against Wilmington.