Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'C' 5 - 0 Analog

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Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
Progin Park, Lancaster, MA
Date:
6/21/2008
Kickoff Time:
10 am
Weather:
Warm and Sunny
Pitch Conditions:
Perfect
Team Lineup:
Finley, Curley, Queenan, Taylor, Fitzgerald, Parks, Stopforth, Weibe, Marino, Sumner, Brown
Subs:
Law, Wood, Corcoran, Dromey, Elliffe, Owuor, Nyaku
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
Danny,Jessie,Mawuli(2),Tony
Assists:
Man of the Match:
There is no individual man of the match today. The award goes to the whole team for a truly great performance, filled with quality football. Well done!!
Bookings:
None
None

Kendall C got their first win of the season thanks to a devastating performance. Their passing and movement was a joy to watch, with all 5 goals worthy contenders for honors.

The management could finally pick from a near full strength squad. Also the recent acquisitions of Rory Elliffe, Tony Owuor (little Tony) and Tony Marino making their debuts, made for a squad packed with quality.

Kendall started the game brightly and were spurred on by Stoppers and Weibe winning most balls in the middle. Jesse was a pillar of strength up front and was holding the ball up like Atlas holds up earth.

After some great play down the right between Danny, Curley and Weibe, a chance opened up for Sumner. His eyes lit up when he saw a slight gap and let fly from the corner of the box........wooosh.....the ball sailed wide right and would have had Dickie Bird signalling for an extra run.

With Analog struggling to make any head way in the game it would not be long before the first goal came. Eamo won the ball and fed it to Marino, who knocked it to Stoppers. With enough time to boil an egg, Stopper hit a cross field ball to Danny at the far post, who half volleyed it into the top corner. A great move and an even better finish!!

Not long after, a ball inside found Sumner in space. A selfish through ball had Jesse barreling down on the Analog goal. He still had to beat the last man, which he did with aplomb, then smashed the ball beyond the advancing 'keeper. Two nil to the Kendall and the management were beaming. Shades of a brown suited David Pleat, running across the Maine Road pitch sprang to mind.

Tony Owuor came into the middle of the park and stamped his authority on the game from the off. His tireless running and simple football was what the team had been missing badly this season.....if only he was not playing in his mother's slippers. The midfield trio of Weibe, Stoppers and Owuor were controlling the middle. With the wide men of Dromey, Danny, Corcoran, Marino and Elliffe making sure that the dominance was complete.

At the back, Taylor and Queenan (aka Mikey, Queeno, Quinners) are beginning to form a great partnership and understanding with each other. Curley, Eamo and Law were also offering stability and balls forward, with the space that was beginning to open up.

Just before the half-time whistle, a long ball over the top (to their clearly off-side striker) put the Analog #10 through on goal. Timmy came out and made himself as big as Tom Hanks and produced a wonderful block to keep the clean sheet.

Half time: Kendall Wanderers C 2 Analog 0

Managment went into the half-time talk knowing that there was still a job to be done. In recent games, Kendal have held the half-time lead only to capitulate in the second half. Would this be another one of those games?

Nyaku started up front in the second half to use his pace and strength. It was a move by the management that would prove to be decisive in the end result of the game.

Again Kendall was dominating with possession and finding players feet or in space with just about every pass. A flowing move involving 3 or 4 players, neatly working the ball and space, ended up with Mawuli through on goal. He used his pace to beat the last defender and placed the ball cooly beyond the goalie. 3-0!!!

Soon after, little Tony fed the ball out wide to Danny on the right. He beat the first defender, then crossed a dangerous ball into the box. As if by magic, little T was on the end of the move that he started, to drill the ball in the bottom left-hand corner. 4 fucking nil!!!!!

More beautiful football was to follow which resulted in a much deserved fifth goal. Again some slick play down the left by Marino and Eamo, ended up with a ball into Weibe with lots of time. He saw the angled run of Nyaku across the back 4 (yes training drills do work) and played a first time ball into his path. Whack! Nyaku struck the ball first time into the top corner, for probably the best move and goal of the game.

The back four were finding space and knocking the ball around with the full backs generally finding a striker or midfielder in space. Elliffe came on up front and showed what he is capable of with some great hold up play and balls out wide to the wingers. Definitely one for the future! Tony Wood also made a nusience of himself on the right with some good movement.

With the game well and truly won, the management made some subs to save some of the old boys for tomorrow's match. Taylor happily trotted off with 15 minutes left.....he doesn't like this two games in a day malarky. Brian Corcoran stepped into the back four and showed what a versatile players he is with a commanding display.

Kendall continued to play football right up to the final whistle without adding to the total. Relief could be seen on all the players faces when the referee blew for full time and the first win of the season.

There were some great performances throughout the team. Little Tony and Marino both had excellent debuts and have given the team that extra quality needed. With more games under their belts they can only improve. Jesse was a thorn in the defenders side up front and brought his fellow strikers into the game with some intelligent passing.

Queenen continues to improve with every game (he just needs to run at home a bit more) at center half and Danny put in another good performance. Nyaku took both his goals very well and showed the composure needed when in on goal. Stoppers was again Stoppers and Weibe continues to work hard and shine alongside him.

By: Johnathan Law

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