Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 3 - 1 Analog F.C.

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Cup
Venue:
Danehy Park #3, Cambridge, MA
Date:
6/28/2008
Kickoff Time:
12 pm
Weather:
Humid
Pitch Conditions:
Atrocious
Team Lineup:
Ger, Mike Mc, Canny, Andrew, Noel, Yooki, RB, Tyler, Mick Murphy, Dave, JK
Subs:
Aido, Paul, Joe
Team Formation:
4-5-1
Goal Scorers:
Dave, Joe, Mick
Assists:
Yooki (2)
Man of the Match:
Dave Power. This must be how they make them in that part of the world. A performance reminiscent of Keano himself (Roy that is). Tireless work from box to box, won who knows how many tackles and chipped in with a goal to cap it off.
Bookings:
James Canny - James shouted at his own players to "Play the fu*king whistle" - The hard of hearing ref booked him as he incorrectly thought James had said "Blow the fu*king whistle"
None

Kendall B returned to their old stomping ground of Danehy #3 in Cambridge last Saturday to take on newly promoted Analog FC. Analog have been finding the going tough so far this season, always lying close to the relegation spots and having been at the wrong end of a 5-0 result against Kendall C the previous week. That goal fest had been on the pristine surfaces we have gladly become familiar with of Progin Park in Lancaster whereas the B team was taken them on at Danehy #3; a field small farmers wouldn't send their cows to for lack of grass along with the possibility of young calves being lost in one of the many gaping holes that littered the field. Kendall B had suffered a cruel loss the previous week losing 1-0 to UBH in a game where we missed two penalties. A win was needed this week to steady the ship and keep in touch with the other teams vying for promotion.

Kendall started in the now more frequently used 4-5-1 formation. For the first time in 3 weeks all available interns managed to get out of bed on time so Ger took up his usual spot between the posts. With Kenny ("I didn't touch him") McCarthy suspended due to his red card the previous week, the son of the management holy trinity, JC himself filled in as the center back partner for Andrew. They were flanked by Captain Mike and Noel at full backs. Mick Murphy and Yooki provided the width in midfield while the 3 man engine room was manned by RB, Tyler and Dave Power. Johnny (no friends) started as the loner up front. The players took the field with stern words of warning from manager Canny about the renewed focus on discipline as Kendall B must now play out the remainder of the season in the knowledge that one more red card will result in a 3 point deduction.

Kendall started the game brightly and heeded the decree of getting the ball wide where there was the best hope of finding a blade of grass. With less than 5 minutes gone Yooki made a run on the right and cut into the box. As he neared the end line he cut the ball across the goal and after it took a few bobbles that got it by JK and his Analog marker there was Dave Power supporting the play from the midfield. He added to his already impressive tally for the season by forcing the ball over the line. Kendall were 1-0 up and couldn't have hoped for a better start. It was always going to be tough to get any type of flow in a game on this type of surface but Kendall continued to dominate the play and had a series of close chances in the opening 20 minutes.

The rest of this report is going to be a bit hazy but permit me to digress for an explanation as to why this is so. This reporter had arrived with his Cork GAA notebook in the bag, fully intentioned on taking complete notes for the game. This was necessary as he was well aware of the vulnerability he was now under having recently cited another reporter on the club message board for lack of accuracy. However, upon seeing that the game was being video taped, the notebook was cast back in the gear bag happy in the knowledge that a full review was going to be available later that night in the Greatest Bar. Multiple replays of all major incidents on the TV screens would be enough to supply the necessary notes. Aido had been doing the camera work up to this point in the game and when he was called in to the fray he passed the duties along to summer intern Paul (of RB Painting). Aido also passed on the technical details regards pausing the game when the ball went out of play and recording when the ball was in play. Later that night however it turned out that there was some confusion with the instructions and we were subjected to watching all the clips of the ball out of play and the video being stopped whenever the ball was in play. In the painting lingo he was stripping what he should have been priming and vice versa.

Back to the game. As mentioned Aido came on in the middle of the field at that point and Joe replaced JK as the loner up front. Yooki made another great run down the wing and as he entered the box on the right he let fly a powerful shot at goal. The keeper could only manage to push the ball wide and the new lone striker followed up and tucked the ball away to make it 2-0 to the Kendall. Kendall's thoughts of putting up a score similar to their club compatriots the previous week were dealt a sudden blow in the immediate aftermath of the goal. Some very slack marking in the Kendall box allowed an Analog player a free header and he took his opportunity well giving Ger no chance in goal. After all the possession and chances we went into the break having allowed Analog to believe they were in with a shout with the score 2-1.

The management gave a stern talking to all about the need to come out firing in the second half and the need to put the game away. The back four played as composed as they had in the first half and limited Analogs opportunities for the remainder of the game.. Tyler and Dave set the tone in the middle giving Analog little time on the ball and imposing themselves on the game. RB was picking out the passes that began to open up the game more. Paul and Yooki kept the width and the chances began to arrive. We had little trouble creating chances but couldn't steer the ball into the goal. Things became a lot less tense when Mick supplied a sublime first time finish to a ball played across the goal as he meet it full force on the volley placing it into the bottom corner to give the Kendall a 3-1 advantage. Truth be told there could have been hat-tricks for JK, Mick and Joe on the day but we will have to take solace in the fact that we are creating the chances and they will start going in eventually.

A win that was needed was delivered, on a pitch we hope the likes of will not be seen for some time again. Ger did all that was required in goal and he kept the other 10 in check with his vocal display. A solid disciplined display by the back four with great energy and drive supplied by the central midfielders on the day of RB, Tyler, Aido and Dave. The men that filled the wings Paul, Mick and Yookie gave great width to the play and worked corner flag to corner flag. On another day the strikers would have put in a hatful but lets just pretend that was the pitches fault and move on. This match was one of those potential banana skins that might have caught us in years past but this squad delivered the workman like performance that is necessary in theses type of games.

One more league game remains for this half and 3 more points will be required if we are to keep pace with those around us that are chasing promotion.

By: Joe Regan

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