Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers Over 30s 0 - 0 Sudbury

Match Statistics

Competition:
NEOTHSL Division 3 South
Venue:
Sudbury & Lincoln High School, Sudbury, MA
Date:
4/27/2008
Kickoff Time:
10 am
Weather:
Bit grey really
Pitch Conditions:
Astroturf
Team Lineup:
O'Toole (captain), Archer, Kilbride, McCormark, Coffey, McElwee, Regan, Finnan, Kilpatrick, Fontela, Cunningham
Subs:
Sepe, Mann, Demes, Hammel
Team Formation:
3-5-2
Goal Scorers:
Assists:
Man of the Match:
John O'Toole for the saves that kept us in it
Bookings:
None
None

On the back of a comfortable trouncing of New England International, a much depleted Kendall squad swapped the city for the lush green suburbs of Sudbury for what would turn out to be a much more strenuous undertaking against Andrei's Giant, plus 10 other Russian/Ukrainian/Bulgarians that make up the Sudbury Over30s starting XI.

On a cold Sunday morning, the gaffer opted for a 3-5-2 formation on a good size turf field. Nothing like the ol' astroturf for ripping up the knees week-in week-out prompting screams from the post-match shower unrivalled since Janet Lee decided to take a quick scrub in the Bates' motel. Not to mention the appeal of a still wet knee sticking to the insides of your jeans through the week. Anyway, its clear I'm padding, this report ends up nil-nil you know so there's not much to follow this drivel.

So, the game kicks off and Sudbury's intentions are clear. Get the big man Sasha on the ball, and let him maraud through the Kendall midfield. Fortunately a gallus engine like that needs plenty fuel, and the big yin was frequently substituted much to the Kendall's relief.

The game was fairly even in the first half although Sudbury found some joy in the channels, twice Captain Fantastic John O'Toole was forced into splendid one-on-one saves, the first he swatted away from the striker as the forward attempted to go round the Kendall captain, the second a reflex save low to his left to divert a fizzing daisy cutter out for a corner.

Joe Regan was his usual industrious self in the midfield, terrier-like in winning possession only to see his toe-poke chip attempt comfortably gathered by Petr Cech (the reference is solely down to the choice of goalkeeping head wear)

The best chance of the game fell to Kendall later in the half, as a corner looped in was missed by Cech and rebounded off the bar, however Shaner could only divert his header over the bar with the goal gaping.

Jonah would try his luck from a free kick not far outside the box. Although initially it looked like his effort had the pace and curve to trouble Cech, the Sudbury Stopper gathered comfortably.

Half time and a tactical change made by the gaffer. Worried about the penetration of Sudbury's through balls, Dennis decided to shore up the defence with a more traditional 4-4-2 formation, Aido being the man to drop back into a centre half role. The change was sound, and Kendall's back line looked more robust throughout the second half affording little opportunity for Sudbury's speedy forwards to nip in behind the back line.

Both keepers were rarely challenged in the second half, with Kendall and Sudbury seemingly happy to settle for a point each. The last five minutes produced a flurry of activity, but it was a lot of bluster with no real end result, the draw being a fair outcome.

By: Marc Archer

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