So Saturday was, in some ways, a classic edition in the Charleston-Wilmington derby series.
And it was also at times chaotic, contentious and wildly out of control. Nerves frayed. Tempers flared.
What kind of game was it? Neither team was credited with a save in Wilmington’s 1-0 win, and the laissez-faire approach of the officiating crew led by award-winning referee Larry Stroud Jr. resulted in often brutal play, non-calls in the penalty box, confusion, sideline confrontations, two ejections and at the end of the night… well, just more confusion.
Here’s what it looked like from the sidelines at Legion Stadium in Wilmington…
TOP IMAGE: Outraged Battery Assistant Coach Troy Lesesne races toward the fourth official after a non-call in the Wilmington penalty box. The chaotic scene that followed ended with a player from each team being ejected, but no explanation of why. Dan Conover photos.