Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'C' 1 - 2 Groton House

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
EMC Field, Franklin
Date:
5/31/2008
Kickoff Time:
10 am
Weather:
Bright and Sunny
Pitch Conditions:
Very bumpy surface, grass was fairly long in places
Team Lineup:
Tim Finley, Johnny Law, Steve Taylor, Rowan McFeely, Micheal Curley, Dan Parks, Dave Weibe, Sean Kelly, Seamus Dromey, Andy Sumner, Mawuli Nyaku
Subs:
Dean Regrut, Jeese Brown, Tony Wood, Michael Kiziuk, Johnny Kilpatrick, Mike Queenan
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
Dan
Assists:
Man of the Match:
Michael Kiziuk - Well deserved after an excellent performance in midfield on his debut for the C team
Bookings:
None
None

Refreshed after the memorial weekend break, Kendall took to the pitch eager to make amends for their thus far, poor start to the season. The challenge on hand in this match up was against Groton House, who have an uncanny knack for continually finishing in the middle to lower half of the BSSL Division 2 league table. (They have finished in either 6th or 7th place since 2001, in 2000 they were 5th!!)

In spite of some note worthy absentees there were 17 players available for this fixture. The centre of defense once again consisted of Steve and Rowan, supported in the full back positions by Law and Curley. Weibe and Sean formed the central midfield duet in place of the absent Stoppers, who was busily motoring around Boston in his UHaul truck. Dromey and Dan started out wide on the left and right flank respectively with Mawuli and Andy forming the striking partnership

Groton House came out strongly in this encounter and caused some problems for Kendall in the opening stages with their eagerness in midfield and tenacity up front. They were unfortunate not to find themselves in front after one of their strikers blasted a shot off the Kendall cross bar during the games opening exchanges.

However, Kendall increasingly began to claw there way back into contention. Sean recorded the first Kendall shot on goal, after receiving a throw from Curley on the left flank. Following, on from this Mawuli was unlucky not to break the deadlock when his point blank shot was kept out, only by an incredible save from the Groton house goalie.

A few minutes later, Curley played an excellent threw ball to Dromey down the left flank. The Groton house defense failed to clean up the ensuing cross into the area, and it took some last gasp defending to deny Sean's shot from the edge of the six yard box. The closest Kendall came to scoring in the half occurred when Dromey and Sumner linked up well, in the center of the park, before distributing the ball to Mawuli on the left hand side of the Groton house penalty area, his ensuing shot rebounding off the inside of the Groton house post and onto the feet of a Groton house defender who quickly cleared the ball away to safety. The remaining minutes of the half were played out with Kendall continuing to enjoy the lion's share of possession, with the midfield rotation of Sean, Weibe and Kiz dominating, and the defense dealing comfortably with any Groton House attacking opportunities.

The second half started in a similar fashion to where we had finished in the first half, Kiz creating the first chance of the half after winning a loose ball in midfield, making a break down the right flank, and sending in a cross to Sean, whose shot seemed goal ward bound until it took an unfortunate deflection off a Groton house defender. This really wasn't to be Sean's lucky day, as minutes later another one of his attempts on goal rebounded off the inside of the post after a pin point cross from Johnny.

The big turning point in this game was an untimely injury to Steve which forced him to sit out the remainder of the game. Following on from this, Groton house began to enjoy their best spell of the match and shortly afterwards found themselves in front after the Kendall defense failed to clean up after a Groton House corner. To add further insult to injury, Groton house extended their lead five minutes later, when a long ball from midfield fell kindly to the feet of a Groton striker who stuck the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out.

This second goal seem to spark some life back into Kendall, and once again we were unlucky not to score after Law swung in a free kick to Dan, and his ensuing header was only inches over the cross bar. Soon afterward, Law delivered another ball to the head of Parks from a corner, this time he made no mistake and opened the Kendall scoring tally for the day with 5 minutes left in the match. Kendall huffed and puffed in the remaining minutes of the game, in search of an equalizer, however it wasn't to be on this occasion

Unfortunately yet another defeat for the C team, however it is fair to say Kendall deserved a lot more from this game, after dominating for long periods and were certainly left to rue over a series of missed chances earlier in the game.

The search for our first illusive Division two league win continues next weekend in Lancaster, when the C team meets the West Town Rockets who are also participating in their maiden Division two campaign.

By: Seamus Dromey

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