1. FC Union Berlin made it three wins from three in the first stage of pre-season with a 2-0 win at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei against Dynamo Dresden.
After no goals in the first half, Urs Fischer rotated his squad to spread the minutes out and two of his substitutes got off the mark for the new season.
Joshua Mees scored after 49 minutes before Sheraldo Becker tucked home from close-range after intelligent play from Mees and Cedric Teuchert.
1. FC Union Berlin: Busk; Gießelmann (Lenz 45), Subotic (Knoche 45), Friedrich (Schlotterbeck 45), Trimmel (Dietz 45); Griesback (Hübner 45), Prömel (Schneider 45 (Liebelt 70)); Endo (Mees 45), Gentner (Andrich 45), Bülter (Becker 45); Taz (Teuchert 45)
Dynamo Dresden: Wiegers (Broll 45); Becker (Meier 45), Großer (Knipping 45), Mai (Ehlers 45), Löwe (Atiligan 45 (Stor 79)); Kade (Kulke 45), Weihrauch (Hartmann 45), Stark (Horvath 45); Vlachodimos (Königsdorffer 45), Sohm (Hosiner 45), Daferner (Diawusie 45)
After completing the full 90 minutes on Wednesday at home to Würzburger Kickers, goalkeeper Andreas Luthe and striker Cedric Teuchert were afforded a spot on the bench. Jakob Busk stepped in to the number one position at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, while Berkan Taz led the line, ably supported by Christian Gentner, Keita Endo and Marius Bülter, who was influential early on. Bülter, starting on the right, dribbled inside on to his left foot and took his shot early. The ball took a wild deflection off Taz, beating Patrick Wiegers but the goal was disallowed for handball. Wiegers was on his toes in the 15th minute when Gentner met Niko Gießelmann’s cross and smashed one straight at the goalkeeper from close range. Keita Endo became more involved in the middle of the first half and his cross on 20 minutes set up a scramble in the Dynamo Dresden. Both of Bütler’s efforts to finish were deflected before another from Gentner was turned wide for a corner kick. The pressure led to the ball going in again seven minutes later, but referee Lasse Koslowski ruled out Neven Subotic’s header for alleged handball. At the other end, Jakob Bask enjoyed some peace and quiet as Markus Kausczinski’s team rarely threatened. Panagiotis Vlachodimos turned the ball into the box towards the end of the 45 but Christoph Daferner’s attempted overhead kick resulted in little danger.
Fischer used the bench to freshen up the side for the second half — with the exception of Busk who stayed put in goal. Four minutes in, Union found the breakthrough against a completely-changed Dresden team. Lars Dietz, who replaced captain Christopher Trimmel at the interval, delivered an outstanding cross to Mees at the far post and the attacker timed his run to perfection and slid the ball home past Kevin Broll. Mees turned creator after 62 minutes, combining with Teuchert who showed composure and vision to spot Becker coming in from the right and the Dutch winger slotted past Broll. Robert Andrich should have made it three quickly after but Tim Knipping was in the right position to stop a near-certain goal for the home side. The Bundesliga club went into the last 20 minutes looking more likely to score than their third-tier opposition. Busk's activity was limited despite the changes on the away side, but with five to go, former Union striker Philipp Hosiner broke clear and was denied by Florian Hübner's excellent defending. Referee Koslowski blew the final whistle on time to wrap up a good exercise for Fischer's side with the team set to head into the second pre-season training camp of the summer next week.