Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 4 - 1 Harvard Medical

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
Progin Park, Lancaster, MA
Date:
4/19/2008
Kickoff Time:
10 am
Weather:
4-1 in the sun
Pitch Conditions:
Perfection
Team Lineup:
Ger, Nick Sze, James Canny, Andy Lawless, Mike McCormack, Ray Kim, Dave Power, Steve Hetherington, Phil, Jonathon Kelliher, Johnny Crowley
Subs:
Tyler, Aaron Bair, Noel Coffey, Mick Murphy, Fabrice
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
Jonathon Kelliher(2), Aaron Bair, Ray Kim
Assists:
Noel Coffey, Jonathon Kelliher
Man of the Match:
Jonathon Kelliher
Bookings:
None
None

With a new home and a new management team, the new look Kendall B squad descended (literally) upon Progin Park last Saturday for their season opener against Harvard Med. The lesson learned from pre match preparation, don’t forget your wallet as it’s a good ten minute walk back to the car park!

To the game and it took just a few minutes for Kendall to put their shooting to the test. Phil and Yooki harassed the Harvard Med. defense in the opening ten minutes but unfortunately the strike force of JK and Tyler could not get on the end of their crosses. The ball soon found its way into the Harvard box, JK neatly dinking the ball over the on rushing Harvard goalie, a much deserved lead and just reward for Kendall’s play.

Harvard Med’s no#8 had other things on his mind; in truth their main threat played a key part in their equalizer. Against the run of play, the offside trap did not work allowing Harvard Med. to get in behind the defense and slide it past Ger. Nick tried in vain to prevent the ball from going over the line but all he could do was hit a screamer into the top corner. How would Kendall cope after controlling the game from the first whistle?

The answer was emphatic, from the restart it was attack after attack, the hustle and bustle of Dave and Steve allowed the Kendall offense to shine with F’Breeze and Johnny Crowley brought on to provide a different look upfront. Pretty soon Johnny and JK were causing havoc; a cross from sicknote could not find either but the resulting corner did lead to the goal of the game. Tottie swung in the ball like only he can; after combing his hair, JK rose above everyone to bury the header to the left of the keeper. The keeper was stunned, I think JK himself was stunned, 2-1 and the result was never going to be in doubt from here.

The third goal came via Totti’s cross and JK’s noggin, Aaron saw it all happen before him in slow motion....arching his back to allow the ball to kindly roll down his back and into the goal. They all count. JK was denied his first half hat-trick but Kendall took a deserved two goal lead into the break.

In between puffs Joe had some wise mumbles, everyone took the information on board and with Mickey Mac leading the pack and James and Noel offering words of encouragement it was simply who wanted it more. To summarize the second half, it was like watching a practice game, Kendall had numerous chances to find the back of the net but unfortunately they could only score one further goal. Yooki took instant control of the ball just inside Harvard half rounding two Harvard players before coolly slotting home. It was a great afternoon for the debutant.

In truth Harvard Med did not threaten the goal for the rest of the game, thanks in part to the excellent defensive line up of Andy, Jim, Nick and team captain Mickey Mac.Although it was Kendall’s first competitive game, the squad showed great unity but won’t be getting carried away. There’s room for improvement in the coming weeks but the promise of something special developing is very much real.

Man of the match: There were some worthy contenders, but it was JK who just etched out big Jim. Tireless performance topped off with a bullet header that pushed momentum back in Kendall’s favor.

By: Sicknote

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