Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 0 - 2 Cambridge Arsenal

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
East Boston Stadium
Date:
5/30/2009
Kickoff Time:
2 pm
Weather:
Sunny
Pitch Conditions:
Good
Team Lineup:
Tim, Kenny, Nick, Mike, Andy, James, Paul, Danny, Jesse, Andy Sumner, Dave
Subs:
Mike Tuttle, Colm Caffrey, Paul Garvey, Shane Mc, Mick Murphy
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Man of the Match:
Dave Sheehan
Bookings:
Dave Sheehan
None

This was going to be another crucial match for the 'B' team if they were to be considered serious contenders for the division 2 title. Kendall had won their previous 3 league matches and would have to make it 4 in a row if they were to keep up the pressure on Blackbeard FC and Union Brew House. Cambridge Arsenal would provide Kendall with one of their toughest tests so far, being a point ahead in the league but having played a game extra.

The match was played on an astro turf surface which was mainly used for American football but was used for more important purposes today. Any player whose first touch wasnít up to scratch today was going to struggle on this surface. Kendall started slowly playing a 4-4-2 formation and this poor start continued right throughout the first half. Cambridge played with 3 at the back and was able to do so with ease with all their defenders being technically good. One of them looked like he belonged in the WWE and won everything in the air. They were able to put an extra man in midfield and their two small midfielders dominated on the ground for much of the first half and Kendall were lucky to go in 1 down. Funnily enough tough the break through didnít come through their sheer domination but through an individual error which was ruthlessly capitalized on by their centre forward. We had Tim to thank for keeping the scores close as they bombarded our goal for much of the first half with Kendall having no real chances of note.

The management let us know in no uncertain terms at half time that the performance wasnít good enough and that we needed to work harder to stay in the game and have a chance of getting a result.

The second half started a lot brighter with everyone working a lot harder to get the ball back and being a bit more positive going forward. Even though Cambridge created some chances, Kendall created a lot more of their own and probably had the better of the second half. Dave Sheehan ran tirelessly upfront putting a long spectacular effort just wide of the left upright and winning a stone wall penalty that was denied by the referee. The best chance of the match though fell to Danny who when a corner broke to him in the box was unable to direct the ball goal wards. Late on with nearly the last kick of the game Cambridge were able to take advantage of Kendallís tired legs after their magnificent second half effort as one of their forwards was slipped through on goal and calmly slotted it past Tim killing off any hopes of a Kendall revival

It was a much better performance by the boys in the second half and was nearly rewarded but this match was always going to be tough with 3 or 4 of our key players missing.

By: Paul Lyons

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