Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 0 - 3 West Town Rockets

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL League
Venue:
Wayland High School, Wayland, MA
Date:
7/16/2008
Kickoff Time:
8 pm
Weather:
Warm and humid
Pitch Conditions:
Turf field with lines everywhere!
Team Lineup:
Gerard Maher, Nick Sze, Tyler Dennison, James Canney, Noel Coffey, Ray Kim, Phil O'Driscoll, Rob McAuley, Dave Power, Joe Regan, Jonathon Kelliher
Subs:
Kenny McCarthy, Paul Garvey, Johnny Crowley, Mick Murphy, Joao Almeida, Aiden Finnan
Team Formation:
4-5-1
Goal Scorers:
Assists:
Man of the Match:
Joe Regan
Bookings:
None
Ger Maher

Kendall B played their final game of the spring season against West Town Rockets on Wednesday in what was a must win game if they were to keep up the pressure on the teams fighting for promotion above them. After an impressive showing of "keep-up" in the warm-up and a necessary few coatings of bug-spray applied, the Kendall took to the field

With the Rockets a man light from the start, the 5-man midfield worked the ball well looking for an opening that would produce the perfect start to the game. However with Kendall camped in the Rockets half, a clearing ball caught the makeshift defense holding a high line. A mix up between Tyler "I want bug-spray NOW!" Dennison and Ger "Guess what I do next" Maher presented the Rockets striker with an open goal to pass the ball into. Not an ideal start by any means but the game was still young. Kendall re-applied the pressure once again after kick-off and were causing the opposing keeper more than a few problems with constant crosses into the box. Tyler nearly made amends for the earlier mix-up with a thunderous header against the bar from a well delivered corner from Noel Coffey. Kendall could feel the opening coming with the Rockets putting ten men behind the ball to contain the menacing attacks.

However a sense of deja vu hit when another aimless long ball from the Rockets caught the defense asleep. With the defense in trouble Ger ran a mile and a half from his goal to eliminate the danger. However, his natural born instincts as a keeper took over as he accidentally handled the ball outside the area. A free kick and a booking would suffice for most sane referees' but the influence of the opposing team may have had an affect on the referee as he astonishingly brandished a red card for the offence! With the Kendall in disarray and disbelief at the decision, the management shuffled the team around, putting Tyler in goal. Just when the Kendall needed a few minutes to calm down and re-organize, the resulting free-kick sailed straight into the top corner. Two goals and a man down, the Kendall's resolve would really be tested.

Kendall shuffled the pack throughout the first half desperately looking for a goal before the half time whistle. Kenny was now in at the back making the team look a bit more composed in addition to Aido and Joe using their experience to try and influence the game, Kendall looked like they might sneak a goal before halftime. Tyler still had to be alert in goal as he pushed a long range effort around the post to keep hope alive for the Kendall boys. Half-time whistle sounded and the dejected Kendall team couldn't believe their predicament. After an encouraging team-talk and some strategically advice from Canny and the boys, Kendall took to the field with renewed optimism.

Kendall started the second half brightly, working the ball around the oppositions half looking for a chance to reduce the deficit. Mick "younger by the day" Murphy and Rob "I love Vegas" McAuley were trying their best to kick start the Kendall comeback but their tireless work didn't get the result it deserved. A number of free-kicks in good areas disappointingly led to nothing as the Kendall got the feeling that today just wasn't their day. JK came closest with a trademark header that was inches from looping over the keeper who managed to fingertip it over the bar. The Rockets counterattacked to grab their third to compound the Kendall misery as the season went wayward in Wayland. Next up is the cup for Kendall as they try to overcome the second premier league team in succession when they face Burowski on Saturday. A much better performance will be needed but the Kendall have shown before that they are a match for any team on their day.

By: Phil O'Driscoll

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