Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 0 - 0 Harvard Medical

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Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
Progin Park, Lancaster, MA
Date:
5/03/2008
Kickoff Time:
10 am
Weather:
Cool with some light rain
Pitch Conditions:
Moist...mmmmmm
Team Lineup:
Ger, Nick Sze, Andy Lawless, Mike McCormack, Kenny McCarthy Ray Kim, Joe Regan, Aaron Bair, Phil, Jonathon Kelliher, Tyler
Subs:
Paul Garvey, Mick Murphy, Rob McAuley, Matt Bernal, John Crowley
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
Assists:
Man of the Match:
Mick Murphy
Bookings:
None
None

A wet morning greeted the Kendall B's as they made the increasingly familiar trek to their new home of Progin Park. For a third time, we were assigned a different field, this time one of the fantastic turf fields. The opponents, Playwright FC, champions of division 3 last year and currently top of division 2 promised to be our toughest opposition so far and this proved to be no different.

The team to start saw Ger 'Guess where I'm from by my accent?' Maher in goal with a back 4 of captain fantastic Mike Mac, Nick 'I'm in a serious relationship' Sze and center backs Andy 'has anyone noticed that my name is ironic since I'm a trained solicitor' Lawless and Kenny 'Hero' McCarthy both nursing knocks but bursting to play. The strong midfield had Phil and Yooki on the wings and Aaron and Joe Regan in the middle. Up top were Jonathon 'prolific since I got off the beer' Kelliher and Tyler 'does anyone know how to work this f**king blackberry' Dennison.

The drama began before the game started with yours truly printing out the roster before our new recruits Matt Bernal and RB McAuley were active on the roster. Happily a visit to the neighboring Toyota dealership to use their internet and printer worked out but in return I had to sign up for a Yaris which will make me look like a 17 year old pregnant mother from d'Island come June.

No idea what happened in the first 10 mins but by the time I returned it seemed as if Playwright had settled the better and their fluid passing in midfield was causing us lots of worries. The introduction of Mick Murphy midway through the first half had an immediate impact as his much needed aggressiveness and tenacity in the tackle begin to force Playwright back. Though Playwright 'won' the half, they failed to create any clear cut chances as an every impressive back 4 dealt with everything that was thrown at them. However, it was our lack of chances which was even more worrying.

The 2nd half saw the introduction of Matt and RB and gradually, we began to pass the ball better along the zippy surface. However, though our approach play was impressive, a combination of good Playwright defense and disappointing final passes prevented any goal scoring opportunities. John Crowley, now operating at center forward, was causing all sorts of problems with his close control and dribbling skills and midway through the half and with limited space, he beat 2 men in the box and appeared to be tripped as he approached the keeper. The ref waved play on much to the consternation of the Kendall touchline who felt it was a stone wall penalty. Afterwards, Crowley admitted that he had been taking 'how to appear to be fouled' lessons from JK but forgot to include the emotional cry that Kelliher has perfected over the years.

The game really opens up in the final quarter, with the Playwright going close on a couple of occasions. A Nick deflection came off the bar and later a great tip away from Ger prevented the opposition from taking the lead. The B too had their chances, the highlight being a spectacular half volley from Mick Murphy as a partially cleared corner fell to Murphy at the edge of the box and his rasping drive produced an outstanding save from the Playwright goalie to tip it over the bar.

However, the game was destined to remain scoreless and as the B's pushed on for a late winner, the ref called time on an exciting goalless draw. A result that could have gone either way, the point may prove big later in the season.

There were many candidates for man of the match. The entire defense were magnificent especially Andy Lawless who made some great interceptions to deny Playwright. However, my man of the match goes to Mick Murphy. Celebrating his 30th birthday, the Fatsacs supremo was so influential in center mid. His tackling and pressure defense was immense throughout breaking the Playwright's rhythm and helped us gain a foothold in the game and his shot at the end would have been the icing on the cake to an outstanding display.

By: James Canny

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