Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 3 - 1 VFD Nomads

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
Progin Park, Lancaster, MA
Date:
6/7/2008
Kickoff Time:
10am
Weather:
Tropical
Pitch Conditions:
Unreal, hot & heavy
Team Lineup:
Ger, Nick Sze, Andy Lawless, Mike McCormack, Kenny McCarthy, Ray Kim, James Canny, Dave Power, Phil ODriscoll, Jonathon Kelliher, John Crowley
Subs:
Mick Murphy, Tyler Dennison, Noel Coffey
Team Formation:
4-5-1
Goal Scorers:
Phil O'Driscoll, Mick Murphy, Dave Power
Assists:
Rob McAuley, Chris Zura, Phil O'Driscoll
Man of the Match:
Phil O'Driscoll
Bookings:

In sweltering conditions at Progin Park, it was Nomads who got burnt as the Kendall secured a convincing 3-1 victory. Pre match, Noel Coffey was meticulous in his preparations ensuring we all applied the factor 20 evenly and encouraged us to take plenty of fluids. He negotiated water breaks with the officials. Canny appeared pensive yet controlled as he went through his file. Mick Murphy discussed his ankles with anyone who would listen to him.

It was evident from the kick off that the intense heat was going to have a major influence on proceedings, and the importance of having a big squad was again highlighted. The five man midfield worked very well, with the wingers Yooki and Philly providing a constant threat. JK and Chris rotated up front, and put in tireless performances that were reminiscent of Tommy Coyne in the Giants Stadium in '94.

The defence did well to negate some early pressure from the Nomads and there were sighs of relief when one of Philly's weaving runs resulted in a spot kick. RB (as in 'RB Painting'), stepped up to take the penalty. The Nomads keeper managed to deny a fine effort however, yet Philly was on hand to finish off the rebound. 1-0 Kendall after 32 minutes.

Shortly afterwards Kendall got their just rewards when Mick Murphy buried the ball into the left hand corner from 5 yards after an excellent set up from Chris. Mick, obviously delighted by his effort, reeled away in celebration, looking to the skies, thanking God for providing him with such natural finishing ability. He later dedicated his strike to Arthur Brody.

Within minutes of taking a 2-0 lead, the Kendall conceded (yet another freak goal), to the disbelief of the defensive stalwarts. Mike McCormack, Coffey and Kenny soon rallied the troops, and the midfielders went on to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half. Dave Power and RB (as in 'RB Painting') covered every artificial blade of grass. Canny kept the subs rotating and a touch of class soon shone through as Dave Power provided an emphatic finish to an excellent set piece cross from Philly.

With Kendall 3 -1 up and 15 minutes remaining, the work ethic throughout the team remained high and the defence were resolute. Ger ("I was raging") Maher was as dependable as ever between the posts, whilst Nicksy was outstanding at right full. Indeed, there were a number of man of the match ('MOM') performances - including Kenny who was yet again sublime. But I think I will have to give the honour of MOM to Philly, who was a thorn in the side of every Nomad with his trickery and exceptional and timely delivery of the final ball.

To be fair, at the end of the day, all things considered, on reflection, it was an impressive team display from the Kendall, which was well worthy of maximum points.

By: Andy Lawless

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