Match Reports

VFD Nomads 2 - 2 Kendall Wanderers 'C'

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
Danehy Park, Cambridge, MA
Date:
08/23/2008
Kickoff Time:
12 pm
Weather:
Scorcher
Pitch Conditions:
Poor
Team Lineup:
Tim, Curley, Kilbride, Taylor, Fitzgerald, Andy, Stoppers, Weibe, Touchy, Jesse, Mike Lohin
Subs:
Deano, Mike Queenan, Dan Parks, Rowan
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
Sumner, Kilbride
Assists:
Dan Parks
Man of the Match:
Bookings:
None
None

Fresh from a summer of drinking binges and food excess, the Kendall C team arrived fit and raring to go for the Fall season of the BSSL league. A change at the top over the course of the summer meant it was Andy and Rowan stepping up to the plate as co-managers, but the emphasis was still the same, to keep the good run of form from the end of the last session rolling into the new term. The game got underway on a somewhat scorcher of a summerís day in Danehy, with Tim in goal, a back four of Curley, Kilbride, Taylor and Fitzgerald, Andy and Stoppers holding the fort in midfield, flanked by Weibe on the right and Touchy on the left, and Jesse and Mike Lohin starting up front. The opponents for today were Nomads, who had the basic 11, and against whom we had played out a scoreless draw in late June

The game got underway at a fast pace, with Kendall keeping the ball moving well down the flanks, and Stoppers marshalling things well in the middle of the park. The turf surface meant passing needed to be at a premium, and Kendall were quickly into their stride with Eamonnís early cross from the left causing a flurry of panic in the Nomad defence, but to no avail. As the game settled down, Nomads started to exert some pressure of their own, with Eamonn blocking away an early attempted cross for a corner. Despite Kendall marshalling much of the early play, and clearly the side in the ascendancy, it was Nomads who scored a contentious goal, with the linesman blatantly poor offside decision allowing their centre forward to slip a ball through to his outside right man who finished cleanly past a hapless Tim in goal.

Despite the setback, Kendall refused to let the heads drop and continued to keep a stranglehold on the game around the middle of the park. Afforded quite a bit of time at the back, the back four switched the point of attack from wing-to-wing very effectively, aided ahead of them by the tireless running of Weibe and Rowan. A nice lay-off by Jesse set up Andy for a shot which fizzed just wide from outside the box. With fifteen minutes remaining in the first half, it seemed like Kendall had plenty of the ball but were failing to penetrate the Nomad defence. Substitutions were made to try and mix things up, with Deano holding up the ball nicely on the right wing for Kendall to try and build a platform of attack from. However a quick break away from a corner towards the end of the second half in combination with a mistimed tackle from Mike Queenan left the lanky centre-forward straight through on Tim, who saved fantastically with his feet to deny Nomads an even more-undeserved second. Minutes later a fantastic bit of skill from Jesse around the 18 yard and a clever dink was harshly called offside with Mike Lohin with the goal at his mercy. The game petered to a halt as the half-time whistle blew.

An up-beat team talk at half-time emphasised more urgency on the pitch and increased intensity and velocity in the second half, and the Kendall duly obliged. The second half had the team fighting from the off and an early free-kick from the left following a cynical challenge on Stopforth was the start of a Kendall assault on the Nomads back four. Moments later, Andy was unfortunate to become unstuck in front of the box just as a shot beckoned. But the celebrations werenít put on ice for long as a long throw-in soon after from Dan Parks was nodded in by an unmarked Kilbride at the near post! Game on!! The goal lifted the Kendall who started to maintain and use possession much more effectively, with a neat pass from the midfield sending Jesse in for a close range effort that was well saved. However, Jesse wasnít to be denied for long, though the manner in which the free-kick was awarded was somewhat controversial. With Jesse challenging in the box for a bouncing ball, the Nomads defender was adjudged to have pushed him illegally off the ball, resulting in an indirect free-kick inside the box from 14 yards. With several options available, it was Sumner who stood up to be counted, smashing a sweet drive beyond the wall and the keeper to give Kendall a deserved lead!! The goal sparked Nomads into life a little too as they tried to salvage something from the game though a flurry of corners came to no avail for them. A nice set-up by Mike Lohin then set Deano up for a shot that didnít miss the target by much. Kendall then switched gears, slowing the pace right down and maintaining possession comfortably down the flanks and the middle of the park. Nomads were devoid of ideas up front, and were limited to a few corners which werenít delivered or attacked with any conviction. Then, just as the win seemed secure, a poorly judged header by Andy flicked off him and back towards goal. With the defence flat-footed, a last-ditch tackle by Rowan couldnít put off the on-running attacker who coolly slotted the ball beyond Tim. The final whistle blew moments later, with disappointment at the result a clear indication of the intention of the entire team for the second half of the season. Result aside, it was a very solid performance all round, and a well-earned point meant a continuation of the undefeated run from the spring season. Roll on the Kendall!!!

By: Michael Curley

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