Match Reports

MIT 1 - 0 Kendall Wanderers A

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division One
Venue:
MIT Grass Field
Date:
4/2/2011
Kickoff Time:
10am
Weather:
Bright & Blustery
Pitch Conditions:
Hard as a goats knee
Team Lineup:
Subs:
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
None
Assists:
Man of the Match:
Sam Shoutis
Bookings:
None
None

The A team took on MIT on their grass pitch on Saturday, and a bright start boded well for the Kendall season. With a new look backline, including Kenny McCarthy, Colm Caffrey, Sam Shoutis all promoted from last years B team, and new keeper Paul Valente, late of the C team, chances for MIT were kept to a minimum. Matt Scheufele, the sole holdover from last years end of season backline, showed his durability, with some sterling tackles. Kendall played some nice football through the middle, in the first 20 minutes, with the Saint and Philly Keane spraying it around nicely. Up front, Mo Keita and Dougie Charton interchanged well, getting the ball out to the wings & trying to run onto the return pass.
Unfortuately, a combination early season rustiness and the unfamiliar grass pitch contrived to make it hard to find the perfect final ball. There were a good few chances from crosses and corners in the first half, however, no-one was able to get the killer touch to any of them. Derrick James threw himself around up front, trying to make the most of any loose ball that came his way, but with no joy.
Jack Darby, making his debut in Kendall colours and coming on at left wing, looked to have the ball in the net 10 minutes before halftime, after a clever knockdown from Moaney Jonah Fontella, but Jack embarked on his celebratory run when he should have followed in to make sure. The ref didn't give it, despite Kendall complaints, & so the half time score was nil all, despite the dominance.

The second half started similarly, with first Philly and the Saint, followed by Dave Hughes and Dave Horse Power, finding the fullbacks and wingers in space. Phil Driscoll made some challenging runs down the flank to create a few half chances, as did Joe Delaney; again, the problem was the final ball into the box from both sides. After a few more corners for the Kendall which went unfinished, it looked as if it was only a matter of time before they scored. As often happens, however, MIT scored on only their 2nd real chance of the game. A disputed cornerkick was allowed to reach an unmarked MIT man on the back post, and he managed to squeeze it in from 2 yards out. Video evidence to be posted on the website (kendallwanderers.com) will reveal the non-marking culprit. The goal gave a filip to MIT, and the last 20 minutes was mostly played in the Kendall half. Fabrice Matichard placed himself well to cutout much of the threat at rightback, but the Kendall struggled to make a real impression towards the end. A final chance fell to Dougie with 15 minutes to play, after an excellent move, but he scuffed his shot somewhat, when he might have used the afterburners to get past the last defender.
All in all, an unfair result, but it is early in the season and the hard work ahead will surely pay off, if undertaken as demanded by Supremo, Shane" the Tokyo Express" McElwee.

By: Donal Keane

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