Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers C 1 - 6 Ballers FC

Match Statistics

Competition:
BSSL Division Three
Venue:
Citizen Park Fields, Lancaster
Date:
4/16/2011
Kickoff Time:
1:15pm
Weather:
Sunny
Pitch Conditions:
Perfect grass pitch
Team Lineup:
Sameer, Mike Carolan, Mike Curley, Dave Doolin, Eamonn Fitzgerald, Dean Regrut, Adam Kilpatrick, Dave Weibe, Seamus Dromey, Peter Kaes, Jarrod Burton
Subs:
Ed Burke, Sean Kennedy, Victor Perlin
Team Formation:
4-4-2
Goal Scorers:
Adam Kilpatrick (pen)
Assists:
Man of the Match:
Adam Kilpatrick
Bookings:
None
None

Another long traipse out to the beyonds of Lancaster for this tie with Ballers FC. Kendall C were under-strength on the day, with only 13 players, and with Sean and Dave getting lost on the way, it was fortunate that the game started off later than scheduled. Ballers had had a similar start to the season, with one win under their belt, and Kendall were hoping to build on their first season-opening win in many a year.

The team to start saw Sameer marshalling between the posts, with Carolan, Doolin, Curley and Fitzgerald across the back four. In front of them, Dean, Adam, YB and Seamus, with Peter kaes and Jarrod to provide the firepower up front. The game started off at a blistering pace, with Ballers clearly in the ascendancy, passing the ball about nicely, with Kendall finding it difficult to get a foot on the ball. It didn’t take long for Ballers to make the breakthrough, a timely tackle in midfield releasing the Ballers left winger, who passed the ball by Curley who had come to stop him – the Ballers striker was left clean through on goal and passed the ball to the net despite the best intentions of Sameer. Barely a breath and a “fuck it, lads” had passed, and it was 2-0. A misplaced back-pass from Dean intended for Dave Doolin allowed the winger to skip in again, and release the centre-forward who scored with similar ease. Shell-shocked, the game was barely 10 mins old, Kendall had to re-group. And to their credit, they did. The line-up was reorganized to 4-5-1, with Sean coming into midfield, and that had the desired effect of stopping the opposition midfielders in their tracks. Tackles started flying in also, with Curley leaving a particular lasting memory on the Achilles of the Ballers Centre-forward. As the game wore on, Kendall began to pass the ball around with much more purpose and Seamus was starting to get more space on the left. Before long, the Kendall stubborn persistence had paid off, a great through ball releasing Peter Kaes, who was felled in some style in the box – peno! Adam K stepped up without much bother to smash the ball to the back of the net with aplomb!! 2-1, game on!! Some more excellent work by Adam, Ed and YB in the middle was starting to pay dividends and break up the Ballers flow. Sean and Dean worked tirelessly on the right, but it was Adam’s solo run that brought the final highlight of the half. A superb run from inside his own half, around 2 players and into the box was stopped by the aggressive intervention of not one, but two, Ballers players, one from behind on either side. As definite a penalty as if Alex Ferguson had seen it with his own eyes. But no! Unbelieveable, goal-kick to the Ballers, despite Adam’s flailing protests. With the whistle for half-time, the Kendall ran for water with their tails flying, clearly coming more into the game.

After a brief half-time hiatus, the game was underway again. But just when things started to be looking good, Adam K was injured near the right touchline and had to leave the pitch – a huge blow, given how influential a first-half he had had. Following a reschuffle, Sean moved into the centre with YB and Ed, with Victor playing wide on the right. Soon after, Ballers grabbed a third and then an unlucky fourth, the ball coming up to hit Mike Carolan in the hand in the box – penalty Ballers. 4-1 and the Kendall sails had started to sag. But, credit the lads, they continued to plow on and give it their all, Pete and Jarrod running their legs off up front and Victor starting to really get stuck into tackles out wide. But then YB went off injured, leaving the Kendall in short supply in midfield. And a move down the Kendall right wing line earned Ballers their fifth, the winger beating Curley and crossing through Dean’s legs to his striker counterpart in the box, who finished beyond Sameer. With only one sub, and Curley having to go off for a blood injury, Kendall tired and a final goal but the nail in the coffin, an unfair scoreline given how well the team had come into the game first half, following the early goals. 6-1 the final scoreline, and plenty to do for Kendall.

Lack of numbers and untimely injuries definitely played their part, but one loss doesn’t define a season – plenty still to play for, Roll On The Kendall!!!

By: Mike Curley



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