Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers Over 30s 1 - 2 Duxbury

Match Statistics

Competition:
NEOTHSL Division 3 South
Venue:
Licoln Field, Duxbury, MA
Date:
5/11/2008
Kickoff Time:
8:30 am
Weather:
Sunny
Pitch Conditions:
Knee deep grass
Team Lineup:
O'Toole (captain), Archer, Kilbride, McCormark, McElwee, Kiziuk, Finnan, Kilpatrick, Fontela, Mann, Cunningham
Subs:
Sepe, Coffey, Demes, Hammel
Team Formation:
3-5-2
Goal Scorers:
Mike Kiziuk
Assists:
Man of the Match:
Iano was bloody unlucky
Bookings:
None
None

The 8am timeslot has always been a challenge for the Kendall teams. Not to worry though this is the Over 30s and theres plenty of auld gits up at the crack of dawn wiping arses.... That is however until the intervention of Hallmarks greatest con, Mothers Day took its toll on the squad as some squad players spent the morning with their wives (which makes no feckin sense to me unless you live in Alabama !). It would also claim Brian McCormack at half time but the rest of the (obviously orphan) over 30s squad took to the field to face Duxbury after a good start to the season had put them in pole position to press for promotion.

The pitch would be another challenge for the Kendall as the long grass held up manys a Kendall short pass throughout the 90 mins. Kendall started in a 3-5-2 formation and did ok for a while retaining possession well without ever creating any clear cut chances. They also restricted Duxbury to hopeful long punts to the strikers. However Kendalls formation and poor communication at the back made them especially vulnerable to this strategy. The first goal was conceded after Kendall tried to spring the offside trap and were undone by the runner from deep who finished well past Johnno. Another defensive lapse would cost Kendall the second goal from another long punt. The Duxbury forward won the header and again the absence of a covering defender allowed the Duxbury runner clean through and another clinical finish.

Half time came and Denis adjusted the teams tactics to try and recover the game switching to 4-4-2 to make Kendall more solid at the back and with the full backs supporting the attack the Kendall came back into the game. Iano was having a desperately unlucky time and would end the game hitting the woodwork twice. He would inspire hopes of a Kendall comeback though. A mixture of long grass and Ian's determination kept the ball in play on the endline and a ball swept across the box to where Kiz was waiting in his preferred striking position (6 inches out and impossible to miss).

The goal gave the Kendall a boost and the clubs trademark never say die attitude made it a tough final 20 minutes for Duxbury as Kendall fought like dogs to get something out of the game with Ian robbed again by the woodwork but to no avail as Kendall failed to get the goal and point their performance deserved.

By: Noel Coffey

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