News

RECAP: Armada FC Held To Scoreless Draw With Charleston Battery In Preseason Friendly

Mar 5, 2016

Armada FC Public Relations | March 5, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Armada FC came out guns-a-blazin’ again on Saturday at Patton Park, creating another barrage of scoring opportunities against USL's Charleston Battery.

Despite the Armada’s abundant attacks, both teams each team walked away scoreless in the afternoon scrimmage at the end of the 90 minutes.

“The quality of the last ball wasn’t there for us, but we created numerous chances to score goals,” said Tony Meola, Armada FC head coach. “Credit to that team; they defended really well. I am happy overall with the performance, and the other team didn’t have a single shot on goal so that is very important for us.”  

He added: “The back four did a very good job. Nicolas Perea was solid throughout the game in front of them. He is starting to go forward and that is what I want to see.”

The Armada pelted the Charleston goalkeeper with an arsenal of scoring combinations, but he proved his resiliency time and time again. The Armada’s attack was met by a sturdy defense that stifled the majority of the scoring opportunities that Meola’s squad put on net.

Nevertheless, Bryan Burke, Matt Fondy, Pascal Millien and Charles Eloundou pushed the pace of the match, keeping the Battery under pressure, while Nicolas Perea and Mechack Jérôme fed the balls from futile counterattacks back to the attacking forwards.

“I feel confident,” said Armada forward Jemal Johnson. “We possessed the ball and pinned them back for the majority of the time during the game. I think we need to be a lot more clinical in front of goal, but we are making opportunities. That is always a good sign during preseason.”

He added: “When the time comes and it really matters. We will put those chances away. I am sure of it.”

Jacksonville will leave for Miami on Monday for a three-day training retreat, which culminates with an 11 a.m. friendly with NASL expansion side Miami FC on Wednesday at St. Thomas University.