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 the NEOTHSL.

Our first team are current BSSL Division 1 League champions (2013).

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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.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 10

Kendall A 5-0 Valeo: Scorers were Taylor Gorman (2), Sean Kaukas, Norbert Guery (welcome back from injury) and Eric Robertson on his debut.

Kendall B 2-0 Union Brew House: The Kendall Bs called upon some club stalwarts for this game as numbers were low. Stephen Magill and Mike Tuttle came back into the fold to help keep the winning run going. Kendall started brightly and had several chances to take the lead as UBH could not handle the pace of Johnny Crowley and Hocineho on the flanks. Kendall hit the bar twice, with Hocineho and Derrick James having great Individual efforts come back off the woodwork. The opening goal did come in the first half as Hocineho lobbed the keeper after terrorising the UBH right back with his dribbling. Goalkeeper John OıııToole produced a couple of great saves from UBH long-range efforts. In truth, that was all UBH could muster as Kendall's defence and midfielddominated the game. 1-0 at the half. The second half continued in much the same vein, with Kendall's dominance deserving more goals. Great build up play throughout the team ended with a nice pass from Colm "two games a day" Caffrey setting Pierre "will cycle anywhere" Dyer up for his first of hopefully many goals for Kendall. Kendall closed the game out nicely to record their fifth consecutive league win and to remain top of BSSL Division 2.

Kendall C 8-0 Commoners: Biggest win of the season for the C's (and perhaps ever??)...sadly no match report but the scorers were Javier Arnez (4), Ben Sprayerger, Bren Kounaves, Jon Bexiga and some guy called Barry Roche.

Kendall O30 A 1-3 Holliston: Kendall A played today safe in the knowledge that regardless of the result, their status in NEOTHSL Division 2 South was already secure. Just as well! Again struggling for numbers and with another makeshift team, Kendall were well beaten by the basement side for the second time this year. Kendall went down early after a Holliston forward ball found the defence flat-footed and their striker finished well past John O'Toole. Kendall pulled one back when a through ball from Abdullah Dow found his pal Talal in space behind the defense and keeping a cool head Talal chipped the ball past the onrushing keeper. Holliston were soon back in front when their striker got in front of Donal Keane (who it seems spent yesterday celebrating his Colombian, Costa Rican, Italian, and Ivorian roots) from a free kick to clip a ball in at the near post. Despite the half-time resolutions, Kendall were down 3-1 very early in the send half when Daz pulled the arm of Holliston's striker and the ref awarded a penalty. And what a penalty it was. Holliston's centre -forward, who evidently has played with Seattle Sounders and the Puerto Rican national team, hit an absolute thunder bastard beyond Johno, who never stood a chance. Kendall huffed and puffed through the rest of the game but in truth never really caused Holliston much trouble at the sharp end. Now itıııs Time to regroup over the summer break and shore up a squad which too frequently fails to deliver a competitive team. Twenty-seven goals conceded over the season is relegation form by anyone's standard, and Kendall were very fortunate to avoid the drop. Greate rand tougher tests await in the Fall.

Kendall O30 B 2-3 Rovers FC: A sixth loss in NEOTHSL Division 4 South condemned Kendall B to relegation after yet another narrow defeat in this disappointing Spring season. A victory was required to ensure survival and the importance of the fixture was highlighted by the large Kendall squad assembled on a warm Sunday morning at Gonzalez Field in Dedham. It was nip-and-tuck in the early stages, with Kendall playing with the advantage of the breeze. As has happened so often this season, however, Kendall found themselves playing catch-up when they conceded the opening goal midway through the first half. The ball was given away cheaply in midfield and a Rovers attacker was given way too much latitude in the penalty area to fire past Graeme Doran who was donning the Kendall gloves in place of the absent Fred Barney. The soft goal aside, Kendall were playing reasonably well. And they improved steadily and almost pulled level when a sweetly-struck effort from Chris Pearce clipped the crossbar. The equaliser came when a searching ball put Justin Teman in behind the Rovers FC defence and the Kendall striker kept his composure to side foot a shot past the advancing goalkeeper. And Kendall hit the front a couple of minutes later when Rovers FC failed to deal with a ball into the box from Shea Leonard and Pearce was on hand to latch onto the loose ball and fire low and into the corner of the net. Wanderers were in control of the game at that stage, and so it was against the run of play when Rovers FC made it 2-2 on the stroke of half time. Leonard failed to win a 50-50 challenge in midfield and the Rovers number 10 drove forward before unleashing a powerful shot past Doran from 25 yards. The effort moved wickedly in the air, making it particularly difficult for the Kendall ıııkeeper to stop. The second half was very much an even affair, but the best of the chances continued to fall Kendallıııs way. The best opportunity came when Teman went on a trademark mazy run before firing just wide off his weaker left foot. A draw would not have been of any use to Kendall if fellow relegation candidates United International won their game, and so player/manager Lar Barden made the correct decision to go three at the back in order to nick the victory that would have guaranteed Division 4 status for the Fall. That left Kendall vulnerable to the counter-attack and so it transpired with three minutes to go that Rovers FC broke forward hit the net and give themselves a 3-2 victory. The defeat left Kendall relying on other results, but their hopes of survival were dashed when news came through that United International beat Medfield 3-1. It is hard to believe that Kendall were top of the table after four games, and were still in the mix for the play-offs up to a couple of weeks ago. But in such a tight division, Kendall paid the ultimate price for losing four games by just the odd goal. The Spring season was not without positives, however, as Chris Pearce established himself as a key player in an attacking midfield position, while Steve Wallace reinvented himself as a holding midfielder. If only Roy Hodgson had bothered his arse to look!!! But Kendall B will also be losing a stalwart over the summer as Eamonn Fitzgerald is relocating to North Carolina. A board member and former C team player/manager, he will be missed. We wish Eamonn and his family all the best.

Monday, June 9rd, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 9

Kendall 8 0 Groton House: Kendall As took on Groton House in the 2nd round of the BSSL Cup on Sat. With half the squad missing due to injury or work commitments and a few sunning themselves in Miami. The As had to call up a couple of Kendall legends in Stephen Magill and Kevin Gorham before kick off. And the two veterans didn't disappoint with a brace each. Francis Mulkearn got the scoring started early. Phil Keane and Marco Inzunza added to the tally before Magill got his first ever Kendall goal to finish off the first half. Second half goals from Talylor Gorman, Kevin Gorham 2 and Magill finished the scoring. 3 big games coming up for the A's to finish the spring season.

Taunton 2-2 Kendall o30A: Bleary-eyed & under-manned Kendall showed up in Taunton for an 8am kick-off knowing that a win would assure their place in D2. Predictably Taunton led an early onslaught against the 10 men, thwarted only by some fantastic goalkeeping & defending. Gaffer Aido Finnan arrived about 25 mins in to give Kendall the full complement, ears still ringing from either the Morrissey concert last night or the lads bitching about the gaffer being late. While his arrival helped to stem the tide of attacking play from Taunton, Kendall had few chances in the first half. Garvey & Sheehan ran tirelessly, but had limited support. Early in the 2nd half a poor kick-out fell to Adbullah. Never having seen a shot he didn't fancy, he duly dispatched a low hard shot beyond the flailing keeper & defender. The fact that his team-mates were too exhausted to run up the field to celebrate with him didn't stop the big man from running to the corner flag to perform yet another goal celebration. Disaster struck within minutes, Dave Sheehan forced off after a high tackle from a Taunton defender. Kendall were back to 10 men for the remaining third, & Taunton again got on the front foot. More last gasp goalkeeping kept Kendall in it, until a poor refereeing decision lead to the Taunton equalizer. The forward had not only committed a foul before crossing the ball for the goal, but the ball had also gone out of play. 1-1. Kendall heads dropped, Taunton followed up with a quick second following a defensive lapse. Steve Brown pushed up to centre forward as Kendall pushed to get something out of the game. The newly doting dad latched onto a loose ball in the box before turning sharply to find the corner of the net. 2-2. Almost immediately after the re-start the Offaly man was at it again, slaloming past 2 defenders before narrowly missing the target. A draw was probably a fair result, although Taunton had by far the better chances. Kendall's work, resolute defending, & fearless goalkeeping earned the point. Next up are Bohs on Tuesday night. Phil Keane is apparently looking for extra shin guards for this one.

Duxbury United 2-1 Kendall O30 B: Kendall Wanderers remain mired in a battle against relegation after a narrow defeat in this NEOTHSL Division 4 South clash at Lincoln Field in Duxbury on Sunday morning. To describe the surface as a cabbage patch would be an insult to some of the well maintained cabbage patches out there, and the dreadful surface made it extremely difficult to get the ball down on the deck. As a result, the ball spent much of the first time in the air. This situation suited the physically strong hosts, and Kendall didnıııt help themselves by failing to compete adequately in the air and for second balls. Wanderers paid the price for their sluggish start when Duxbury took the lead about 20 minutes in. Kendall goalkeeper Fred Barney, who carried an ankle injury into the game, pulled off two fantastic point-blank saves but he was left helpless as a Duxbury player forced the ball home from close range at the third time of asking. The concession of the opener drew a response from Kendall, and they started to string some passes together for the first time in the game. The increased possession led to some decent chances, the best of which fell to Dennis Cunningham. The Mayo man found some space at the back post and his downward header from a deep cross somehow skipped up off the solid turf and back out off the crossbar. Duxbury led 1-0 at the break, but it could have been worse for Kendall had player/manager Lar Barden not executed a fantastic last-ditch tackle to deny a Duxbury striker just as he was about to pull the trigger from 10 yards out. It was clear that Kendall needed some extra bite, but the visitors found themselves 2-0 behind midway through the second half as a superb cross from Duxburyıııs central midfielder was met at the back post by their number 10 and his clinical connection left Barney with no chance of keeping the ball out. To their credit, Kendall didnıııt give up and pushed to try and get something out of the game. They werenıııt helped by some ludicrous refereeing decisions, which were so bad that even the normally reserved Andy ıııDufresneııı Scheufele found himself unable to contain his frustration. Justin Teman toiled tirelessly up front, but too often the Kendall striker found himself isolated in possession. There was a glimmer of hope with six minutes remaining when a clear-cut handball in the Duxbury box resulted in a penalty for Kendall. Shea Leonard duly dispatched his fourth penalty of the Spring season. Kendall pressed for an equaliser but the clock ran out on their efforts, with the referee only playing 90 seconds of injury time despite blatant time-wasting by the hosts throughout the second half. The win sent Duxbury top of the table, but left Kendall just one point clear of the relegation position. Next weekıııs final league game sees fellow strugglers Rovers FC visit Kendall in Dedham. After doing so well to get promoted in the Fall, Kendall need a victory next Sunday to ensure they donıııt make a swift return to Division 5.

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