Welcome to Kendall Wanderers F.C.
Kendall Wanderers F.C. is one of the oldest amateur soccer teams in Massachusetts.
The club currently consists of 3
teams playing in the BSSL
and two over 30s teams playing in
Our first team are current BSSL Division 1 League champions (2013).
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Kendall A 2-0 Eagles: The first team bounced back from last week's disappointment against Battery Park Gunners to record an important win over Eagles in Concord. The ever-dangerous Taylor Gorman scored in the first half to put the Kendall in control of this BSSL Division 1 clash. Phil Keane's charges did not have it all their own way, however, and required a couple of vital saves from goalkeeper Evan Weagle to keep the Eagles at bay. Mike Bridges, who like Gorman is always good for a goal, hit the net with five minutes remaining to put a seal on the victory and make it two wins from three outings in the Fall for the defending league champions. Valeo are next up for the A side, with that fixture slated for next Saturday at Ceylon Park in Dorchester.
Kendall B 1-1 Druids: Kendall B started their second game of the Fall season hoping to finish the match after last week's clash with Druids FC in Waltham was abandoned after 75 minutes due to a thunder and lightning storm. The first 20 minutes at Danehy Park produced an even enough contest, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances. BCSXI hit the bar after a strike from a cleared corner but beyond that there wasn't much action. Jonah Fontela had the best of the Kendall chances with a couple of efforts from the edge of the box as Wanderers looked to hit their opponents on the break. The second half produced a better display from Kendall, and the lead wasn't long in coming. It came courtesy of 25-yard free-kick that Hisham Boulam expertly curled home. Kendall kept pressing and had some half chances to double the lead but the killer final pass proved elusive. BCSXI began to grow into the game, and they equalised via a diving header from a corner with about 10 minutes remaining. Some more half chances came and went, but neither side really deserved to win this BSSL Division 2 encounter.
Kendall C 4-0 Commoners: Coming off a tough loss the previous weekend, the C team came out on a crisp September morning looking for their first win of the Fall in BSSL Division 3N. A rather uneventful first half saw Kendall dominate possession but struggle to break down the compact Commoners' resolute defence. Just before half time, however, Javier Arnez attacked a bouncing ball in the box and managed to guide a header unceremoniously into the goal to give Kendall a 1-0 lead heading into the break. The second half started much quicker for Kendall. Within 10 minutes of the whistle, Jean 'Thierry' Gakire hammered a powerful first-time effort from the centre of the penalty area into the roof of the net. That goal came after an excellent quick break out of the back found Javier on the wing who delivered the telling ball for the assist. Kendall continued to press and frustrate Commoners, and the score became 3-0 when debutant Peter Kerr finished with a composed strike. The hosts did't rest on their laurels and continued to work hard. That pressure paid dividends when Commoners were forced into a mistake which allowed Jarrod Burton to latch onto the ball 30 yards out and play a clever pass through to Arnez, who neatly tucked the ball into the corner to make it 4-0. So a strong early morning outing for the Cs with a notably impressive debut by Ivan Reilly and solid displays at the back from Neville Wall, Justin MacFarlane and Darren Skehan. Nathan Lee's charges will look to build on the performance next week against AC Boston.
Kendall O30's A 3-2 FFC: (Brought to us from the pen of Steve Brown. Please give it a like. He spent all day writing it!) The Over 30 A team were up bright and early for an 8am kick-off on what was a fresh, brisk September Sunday morning. They had to make the trip to the affluent town of Mansfield for the second game of the Fall season. A good Kendall turnout was encouraging as they faced the newly-promoted FFC. Barely five minutes had elapsed when Kendall hit the front courtesy of a beautifully-taken free-kick by Daz 'Dinny Irwin' Skehan. The strike was of such quality that it finally justified the audaciously red boots (cleats for our American viewers) he parades around in. That perfect start was not capitalised on, however, and for the next 20 minutes of the opening half it seemed the Kendall hadn't fully wiped the sleep out of their eyes. FFC gained a foothold in the game, and they managed to turn their dominance into a goal after some sloppy midfield play by the Kendall put the hosts' speedy striker through on goal and he duly slotted home. That seemed to jolt the Kendall from their slumber and some good football was rewarded with a goal from Paul 'Zinedine Kilbane' Garvey with a fabulous back heel flick from a low, drilled Dave 'Di Maria' Sheehan corner. That took us to half time where Kendall were full value for their 2-1 lead. The second half was a battle from the start as the Kendall tried to turn possession into goals. However, a resilient FFC were always dangerous on the break and it was via that tactic that they equalised. An excellent save onto the crossbar from John O'Toole was scrambled home by FFC to leave both sides with all to play in the last 15 minutes. Kendall finally managed to convert one of their chances ten minutes from time when Ben 'Carsten Jancker' Sprayregan nonchalantly finished a goalmouth scramble after some good play down the Kendall right wing. FFC did manage to create a couple of clear-cut chances that the Kendall keeper, John 'Nev Southall' O'Toole, superbly stopped. The Kendall veteran recovered after some dodgy kicking in the first half to produce a man-of-the-match display that gave the Kendall the maximum points for a well dug out result that justified the early start no end. Other performers of note were Jeff Levering and Sprayregan.
Kendall O30's B 5-2 South Coast Spartans: The stalwarts of Kendall B kickstarted their NEOTHSL Division 5S campaign with a five-star display against South Coast Spartans in Dedham early this morning. Collie Hamell, a man who was acting and playing football when Vinnie Jones was still only concentrating on Gazza's nuts, has started the Fall in magnificent form. His penalty earned the Kendall a draw away to Portuguese United last weekend, and he set Wanderers on their way today with a piledriver to the top corner. The effervescent Chris Pearce doubled Kendall's lead with a tidy finish before player/manager Lar Barden put his troops three ahead. The Skerries native broke from midfield before curling a neat finish beyond the grasp of the overworked Spartans goalkeeper. Kendall would go into the half-time break four to the good after Pearce won a penalty in what can only be described as dubious circumstances. Whatever the rights or wrongs of the referee's decision, Hamell stepped up to convert and bring his Fall tally to three goals in just two games. Understandably, Kendall struggled to find top gear after the break, and the men in red were punished twice for sloppy defending by Spartans as the Fairhaven-based outfit reduced their arrears to 4-2. But no Kendall B victory would be complete without some intervention from Justin Teman. The clinical striker, who was making a return to action after missing last week's season opener, produced a trademark lob to nip the Spartans' attempted comeback in the bud. The victory was all the more impressive given that it was earned in the absence of first-choice centre-back Gerry Daly. The defender did make it to Gonzalez Field, but only as the teams were making their way home. The bauld Gerry only f**ked up the time and arrived thinking it was a 10am rather than an 8am kick-off! No doubt Mr Daly will atone for his error next week when the Bs face Boston Pops Athletic Club in Waltham. AT 9AM, Gerry!!!
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
We're back!! Summer round up and the first weekend games of autumn are underway!
Even though the competitive action took a break for a little while, there was still plenty going on in the club. Highlights included the Annual Club Golf Outing in August and the latest club apparel going on sale with the introduction of baseball caps and winter beanies.
We also said a fond farewell to ex-President and Kendall C manager Eamonn Fitzgerald who's relocating with his family to warmer pastures in North Carolina with an wonderful testimonial game in Danehy Park in July. Best of luck Eamo!
And so to the results thus far...
Kendall A 4-1 Holliston Kendall A 0-1 Battery Park Gunners
Kendall B 0-0 Druids (Game abandoned due to thunder and lightning)
Kendall C 3-4 Sports Identity Kendall C 0-3 Southie FC
Kendall O30's A 1-1 Bohs
Kendall O30's B 1-1 Portuguese United FC
Training continues tomorrow at 8pm at Pine Banks, Melrose
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Weekend Summary: Round 11
Breaking with the newsfeed tradition, here's the over 30's A and B teams in their Sunday best after concluding their spring seasons...
Kendall Over 30's A Spring 2014
Kendall Over 30's B Spring 2014
And now to last weekend's action...
MPS 1-1 Kendall A: Kendall Wanderers A and MPS, two of the top teams in the BSSL, served up a great game of football this morning in Wayland. With the popularity of artificial turf, Wayland HS is, unfortunately, one of the few grass pitches still in use in the area. It was in good shape today and both teams seemed to enjoy being able to slide around without fear of turf burn. The wives and girlfriends will also enjoy the absense of little black pellets all over the bathroom floors this evening. Kendall went 1-0 up after about a half an hour courtesy of a cool Francis Mulkern finish. The second half was an end to end affair as Kendall looked to get the clinching second goal while MPS pushed more and more for the equalizer. Kendall had some great chances to seal the win before MPS scored with a spectacular strike with just four minutes left. Both teams pushed for the late winner with Kendall forcing a pair of late corners and MPS almost sneaking the win with a late break which was saved well by Evan Weagle with his feet. Overall, it was an excellent game which both teams will have felt they could have won or lost. Kendall had some great chances at 1-0 but, likewise, MPS forced Evan Weagle in the Kendall goals into three or four great saves. The result keeps both teams tucked in at the top of D1 along with First Wave and Gunners and sets up what should be an exciting Fall season.
Kendall B 3-2 Onieda FC: Kendall B went into the final game of the spring season knowing a win would cement their place at the top of the division. However, due to injuries and weddings the Bs only had 10 players confirmed on Friday evening. John O'Toole was on the case though and by kick off time on Saturday there were 14 players lining up for the Bs. Kendall veterans Stephen Magill and Barry Roche were welcome additions as well as debuts for Ethan Bates and Fiachra Doyle. The opening 20 mins was an even affair but Kendall broke the deadlock when Hocineho Benayache beat his man on the left wing, cutting inside before rounding the keeper and slotting home. The rest of the half was a midfield battle with both sides looking to get control of the game. 1-0 at the half. Kendall started the second half well and soon extended their lead. Stephen Magill hit an inch perfect ball over the top for Derrick James to control and smash into the net off the post. A great goal and Kendall were now well on top. The third goal wasn't long in coming as Hocine beat a couple men before teeing up debutant Fiachra Doyle to poke past the onrushing keeper. 3-0 and Kendall were cruising. The Bs had chances to extend their lead, Sohib and Hocine came closest to getting the fourth. A quick set piece from Oneida caught the Kendall defence napping and made the score 3-1. With 10 minutes left Kendall just needed to keep possession and see the game out. However a through ball from Oneida resulted in Paul Mallen and Dennis Brosnan running into each other to send their striker clean through. As the striker ran into the box, Phil O'Driscoll came running from behind and there was a tangle of legs, penalty to Oneida and a yellow card for O'Driscoll. John O'Toole saved the penalty as expected but the rebound was scrambled over the line. 3-2 now to Kendall with five minutes left. One last nervy moment for Kendall as a misplaced pass went straight to the Oneida center back now playing up front. Nothing to fear though as O'Toole made a superb save to ensure Kendall came out of the game with the win. A great record of 7-1-1 puts Kendall B top of Division 2 and in great shape going into the break before the fall season.