Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers C Vs Nomads Apr 11 2009

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Competition:
BSSL Division Two
Venue:
John Glen, Bedford
Date:
4/11/2009
Kickoff Time:
12:30 pm
Weather:
Rain
Pitch Conditions:
Shite with plenty of puddles
Team Lineup:
Cotton, Curley, Knightly, Sullivan, Fitzgerald ,Kelly, McFeely, Kelly, Loveridge, Qaas, Abban-Saah
Subs:
Weibe, Queenan, Miretsky, Hobbs
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Man of the Match:
Aidan Kelly
Bookings:
None
None

Under grey skies and with drops spattering the windshield the C team took the short trip to John Glenn Middle School for their opening fixture of the 09 season against old rivals VFD Nomads. New manager Dave Weibe along with assistant Mike Curley was anxious to get the season off to a positive start after a decent performance in a preseason outing the week before.

Many of the stars of last seasonís successful bid to remain in the division have moved on to bigger and brighter things with the A and B team while others have retired to fatherhood and gardening. As a result of this mass exodus the new look management spent the winter trawling for new talent, and in keeping with past years, unearthed players from around the globe. Germans and Americans join Corkmen and Dubs, while one Canuck replaces another as Tony Wood retires to nappies and breast pumps.

Considering the rain that had fallen the night before, the pitch was pretty dry, which made the decision by the refereeing crew (all sporting ominous looking sunglasses in the afternoon gloom) to move to the top pitch which had standing water in abundance, all the more remarkable. Vowing not to let this minor irritant distract them the C team took to the field. Stephen Cotton was in goals, old guard Eamonn and Curley took up usual spots on the left and right , while new guys John Knightly and Mark Sullivan formed a new central defensive partnership. Sean Kelly and Rowan looked to proved the steel in the centre of the park with new wingers in Ryan Loveridge and Aidan Kelly . Up front saw more debuts from Kobe Abban-Saah and Alex Quaas. A strong bench including Dave Weibe, Mike Queenan and more debutants ensured fresh legs would be available as needed.

The game kicked off and the first 15 minutes went pretty much like most opening fixtures with both teams struggling to find their touch and getting a grip on the slippery surface. Gradually chances started to arrive for both teams as Sean had some shots from distance while good interplay between Aidan and the strikers saw chances for both Kobe and Alex. At the other end the defence and Stephen in goals were kept busy, the keeper showing himself to be very brave as he came out for a through ball which should have seen yellow for the opposition striker who had no hope of getting the ball and instead clashed heavily with the Kendall No. 1. Worries about the refereeing crewsí choice of eyewear proved to be prophetic as some offside decisions on both sides were puzzling as was the decision for the afore mentioned challenge on the Kendall keeper. Changes were made on both sides as the half wore on, Queeno and Weibe slotted into defence and midfield, while new guys Eddie Miretsky and Andy Hobbs made their first appearances in Kendall shirts.

Half time arrived with the teams deadlocked. The Kendall managementís team talk was pretty positive, focusing on the C teamís hard work and energy while stressing the need for communication and ball control. The second half kicked off with the same Kendall eleven that started the game. The change of sides meant that Nomads were now attacking the swimming pool end, which meant 45 minutes of sliding around and cursing for the Kendall back four. The second half took up where the first finished, with the quality of the football perhaps not of the highest but with neither team lacking in energy or determination. A few half chances fell to both teams as Nomads looked to exploit the Kendall back fourís high line, while Aidan Kelly and Kobe looked to run at the opposition defence and cause some mayhem. As the final ten minutes approached, the game looked destined for a draw, a result that would not have been unfair on either side, but then disaster struck. Kendallís diminutive left back who had been dealing with Nomadsí aerial threat sufficiently all day, completely misjudged a high knuckleball of a kickout from the opposition keeper. Nomads striker who had been having a quiet day pounced on the loose ball and with the aid of some standing water, bamboozled the defence and took a shot from the edge of the box. The ball went across the goals and nestled in the bottom corner leaving the keeper with no chance.

This spurred a frantic response from the Kendall who threw everything forward in an effort to earn the point they probably deserved. A couple of half chances were created from corners and frees with Rowan going close right at the death but it was not to be.

The full time whistle blew and a dejected and soaked C team traipsed off the field.

A disappointing result but positives definitely can be taken from the performance. New lads fitted in seamlessly and at times good football was played. The point dropped was unfortunate but it was a game the team and management can use to build on, as the season progresses.

By: Eamonn Fitzgerald

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