Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'C' 2 - 3 West Town Rockets

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
Progin Park, Lancaster, MA
Date:
6/07/2008
Kickoff Time:
10 am
Weather:
Hot
Pitch Conditions:
Perfect
Team Lineup:
Finley; Curley, McFeely, Queenan, Law; Weibe, Kelly; Day, Corcoran; McDonald, Lohin
Subs:
Regrut, Fitzgerald, Kizuik
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
Corcoran, Day
Assists:
Man of the Match:
Brian Corcoran
Bookings:
None
None

Kendall took to the pitch for their seventh fixture of the season with a depleted squad but with plenty of confidence. The team has not managed to always get through ninety minutes without a few words exchanged but the belief remained that positive things were to come.

Things were not made easier however with only three replacements available and searing temperatures in the high 90s, so much so that the field turf seemed to be giving off as much heat as the sun.

The aim of the season has been to play narrow when defending only to open up when in possession. The opening twenty minutes was bereft of clear chances as both teams grappled with each others tactics. First blood however went to West Town as Kendall failed to clear their lines from a corner, was crossed back in and finished well by a midfielder who not for the first time was a thorn in the Kendall side.

But Kendall began to settle on the ball and even had a couple of chances through free kicks from Weibe and McFeely. Home team tactics were turned on their head when McFeely went down injured after 25 minutes which necessitated a new pairing of Queenan and Curley in the center of defence. A change at the back had not been part of the game plan.

As the half wore on, Kendall began to settle into their stride with Lohin working well with Jesse McDonald upfront. A neat layoff from the latter saw Dromey side step his marker only for his shot to deflect off the underside of the bar. With a bang and just before halftime, Corcoran drew the sides level with a well taken finish.

Half-time was full of well founded confidence and encouragement. The lads were listening as right from the kick-off, Kelly and Weibe combined to set Corcoran free. He worked his way into the box and but for the goalkeeper would have scored, veteran Kendall Wander, Giles Day, in town from San Francisco knocked in the parried save. Kendall were back.

But as the second half dragged on, the sun seemed to be making it even more difficult. As the home side ran out of substitutions with Mike Curley limping off injured, West Town fought their way back into the game and duly equalised after poor marking in the Kendall box. The winning goal was on the break and harsh on the boys in Red. A ball over the top caught them on the break and after good work inside saw the pendulum swing for the last time.

Kendall hadn't lost in two previous meetings with the Rockets but things are made ultra difficult with high temperatures and low numbers. Mistakes come from tiredness and lack of concentration. In this case, it was pretty hard to fault anyone.

By: Rowan McFeely

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