Welcome to Kendall Wanderers F.C.
Kendall Wanderers F.C. is one of the oldest amateur soccer teams in Massachusetts.
The club currently consists of 3
teams playing in the BSSL
and two over 30s teams playing in
Our first team are current BSSL Division 1 League champions (2013).
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Valeo FC 2-5 Kendall A: The first team maintained their BSSL Division 1 title challenge with a convincing win over Valeo FC at Ceylon Park in Dorchester. An early goal from Sean Kaukas put Kendall on the right track before a header from the fantastically-named Paul Grandstand doubled the Wanderers' advantage. The lead was extended before half time when Norbert Guery, less than a minute after being introduced, went on a long incisive dribble before finishing expertly from the left wing. Valeo recovered somewhat in the early stages of the second half and managed to reduce the deficit to 3-1, but Grandstand settled any nerves with a terrific strike from 35 yards. There were two late goals in the encounter, with Mark Nolan accounting for Kendall's fifth. So another important three points in the bag for Phil Keane and Fabrice Matichard's troops, but they remain five points adrift of current pacesetters First Wave. Next Saturday brings the challenge of Mass Premier Soccer, and the Kendall will need to be at their best to get over that difficult hurdle.
Kendall B 2-0 Union Brew House: The high-flying Kendall Bs were looking to get back to winning ways after a slow start to the BSSL Division 2 Fall season. The first half at Danehy Park was a game of few chances. Kendall were playing into a strong wind, which was making it tough to sustain an attacking threat on UBH. The best chance of the opening half fell to Kendall, though, when a cross to the far post found Iain McCall but his shot was well tipped over the bar by the UBH goalkeeper. Kendall looked assured at the back with James Canny and Dennis Brosnan commanding the heart of the defence, while Ethan Bates and Brian 'Mozes' Moseleski both looked assured at full-back. Wanderers switched to two up front for the start of the second half to try and take the game to UBH. Debutant Dave Clifford and recent signing Ed Waller were looking very dangerous with some good interplay on the edge of the box. Unfortunately, the final pass/shot was proving frustratingly elusive. The opening goal wasn't long in coming, however, as the Kendall were playing all their football in the UBH half. Some great determination from McCall won the ball for the hosts. McCall played in Colm Caffrey who picked out Johnny Crowley in the box. The fleet of foot Corkonian came onto the ball at speed from the left wing and finished expertly on the half volley to the keeper's right. Kendall never looked back after that. They were soon two goals ahead when a great ball from the back sent Clifford through on goal, and he held off the defender and rounded the 'keeper with great composure to score on his debut for the club. Kendall continued to pin UBH back and won a couple of free-kicks in Union's half. Hisham Boualam, whose 25-yard effort put Kendall ahead against BCS XI last week, had two fantastic efforts, one of which the ıııkeeper did brilliantly to save. Kendall closed the game out well to secure their first win of the Fall season and a kept well-deserved clean sheet. It was also great to see Hocineho Benayache on the sidelines supporting the team too. Hopefully the striker will have recovered from a broken leg in time to return before the end of what has the potential to be an excellent season.
Boston Pops AC 3-8 Kendall O30 B: The Over 30 B side continued their unbeaten start to the NEOTHSL Division 5S campaign with a comprehensive 8-3 win over the maestros of the Boston Pops Athletic Club. The opposition lost their first two games 5-0 and 8-2, and the lack of direction in their ranks would suggest the need for Keith Lockhart and his baton to step in. In any case, after a scrappy opening 10 minutes, Kendall started to find their feet and string some passes together on the fine surface at Gann Academy in Waltham. To no surprise, Justin Teman and Chris Pearce were in the thick of it and both had a brace each before the interval. Kendall veteran Seamus Dromey marked his debut for the team with a fine strike from his less favored right foot to make it 5-0 at the break. Fellow debutant Dan O'Regan did a fine job in goal in the first half and played very solidly in defence in the second. Johnny Kilpatrick soon made it 6-0 after the break with a calm left-footed strike. Lots more chances went begging before the Pops pulled one back. Then Tim Boomer's luck changed for the better as he squeezed one in at the goalkeeper's near post to make it 7-1. Kendall went to sleep at this point as the unseasonable humidity took its toll. Two sloppy goals conceded in quick succession made it 7-3. Definitely a game of two halves for second half stand-in goalie Dromey. Dan Clydesdale-Cotter asked to go up front but may never be allowed to cross the half-way line again after a spectacularly botched one-on-one with the 'keeper. Our own virtuoso Dennis Cunningham showed him how it's done at the death to make it 8-3. Cue the 1812 Overture!
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Kendall A 2-0 Eagles: The first team bounced back from last week's disappointment against Battery Park Gunners to record an important win over Eagles in Concord. The ever-dangerous Taylor Gorman scored in the first half to put the Kendall in control of this BSSL Division 1 clash. Phil Keane's charges did not have it all their own way, however, and required a couple of vital saves from goalkeeper Evan Weagle to keep the Eagles at bay. Mike Bridges, who like Gorman is always good for a goal, hit the net with five minutes remaining to put a seal on the victory and make it two wins from three outings in the Fall for the defending league champions. Valeo are next up for the A side, with that fixture slated for next Saturday at Ceylon Park in Dorchester.
Kendall B 1-1 Druids: Kendall B started their second game of the Fall season hoping to finish the match after last week's clash with Druids FC in Waltham was abandoned after 75 minutes due to a thunder and lightning storm. The first 20 minutes at Danehy Park produced an even enough contest, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances. BCSXI hit the bar after a strike from a cleared corner but beyond that there wasn't much action. Jonah Fontela had the best of the Kendall chances with a couple of efforts from the edge of the box as Wanderers looked to hit their opponents on the break. The second half produced a better display from Kendall, and the lead wasn't long in coming. It came courtesy of 25-yard free-kick that Hisham Boulam expertly curled home. Kendall kept pressing and had some half chances to double the lead but the killer final pass proved elusive. BCSXI began to grow into the game, and they equalised via a diving header from a corner with about 10 minutes remaining. Some more half chances came and went, but neither side really deserved to win this BSSL Division 2 encounter.
Kendall C 4-0 Commoners: Coming off a tough loss the previous weekend, the C team came out on a crisp September morning looking for their first win of the Fall in BSSL Division 3N. A rather uneventful first half saw Kendall dominate possession but struggle to break down the compact Commoners' resolute defence. Just before half time, however, Javier Arnez attacked a bouncing ball in the box and managed to guide a header unceremoniously into the goal to give Kendall a 1-0 lead heading into the break. The second half started much quicker for Kendall. Within 10 minutes of the whistle, Jean 'Thierry' Gakire hammered a powerful first-time effort from the centre of the penalty area into the roof of the net. That goal came after an excellent quick break out of the back found Javier on the wing who delivered the telling ball for the assist. Kendall continued to press and frustrate Commoners, and the score became 3-0 when debutant Peter Kerr finished with a composed strike. The hosts did't rest on their laurels and continued to work hard. That pressure paid dividends when Commoners were forced into a mistake which allowed Jarrod Burton to latch onto the ball 30 yards out and play a clever pass through to Arnez, who neatly tucked the ball into the corner to make it 4-0. So a strong early morning outing for the Cs with a notably impressive debut by Ivan Reilly and solid displays at the back from Neville Wall, Justin MacFarlane and Darren Skehan. Nathan Lee's charges will look to build on the performance next week against AC Boston.
Kendall O30's A 3-2 FFC: (Brought to us from the pen of Steve Brown. Please give it a like. He spent all day writing it!) The Over 30 A team were up bright and early for an 8am kick-off on what was a fresh, brisk September Sunday morning. They had to make the trip to the affluent town of Mansfield for the second game of the Fall season. A good Kendall turnout was encouraging as they faced the newly-promoted FFC. Barely five minutes had elapsed when Kendall hit the front courtesy of a beautifully-taken free-kick by Daz 'Dinny Irwin' Skehan. The strike was of such quality that it finally justified the audaciously red boots (cleats for our American viewers) he parades around in. That perfect start was not capitalised on, however, and for the next 20 minutes of the opening half it seemed the Kendall hadn't fully wiped the sleep out of their eyes. FFC gained a foothold in the game, and they managed to turn their dominance into a goal after some sloppy midfield play by the Kendall put the hosts' speedy striker through on goal and he duly slotted home. That seemed to jolt the Kendall from their slumber and some good football was rewarded with a goal from Paul 'Zinedine Kilbane' Garvey with a fabulous back heel flick from a low, drilled Dave 'Di Maria' Sheehan corner. That took us to half time where Kendall were full value for their 2-1 lead. The second half was a battle from the start as the Kendall tried to turn possession into goals. However, a resilient FFC were always dangerous on the break and it was via that tactic that they equalised. An excellent save onto the crossbar from John O'Toole was scrambled home by FFC to leave both sides with all to play in the last 15 minutes. Kendall finally managed to convert one of their chances ten minutes from time when Ben 'Carsten Jancker' Sprayregan nonchalantly finished a goalmouth scramble after some good play down the Kendall right wing. FFC did manage to create a couple of clear-cut chances that the Kendall keeper, John 'Nev Southall' O'Toole, superbly stopped. The Kendall veteran recovered after some dodgy kicking in the first half to produce a man-of-the-match display that gave the Kendall the maximum points for a well dug out result that justified the early start no end. Other performers of note were Jeff Levering and Sprayregan.
Kendall O30's B 5-2 South Coast Spartans: The stalwarts of Kendall B kickstarted their NEOTHSL Division 5S campaign with a five-star display against South Coast Spartans in Dedham early this morning. Collie Hamell, a man who was acting and playing football when Vinnie Jones was still only concentrating on Gazza's nuts, has started the Fall in magnificent form. His penalty earned the Kendall a draw away to Portuguese United last weekend, and he set Wanderers on their way today with a piledriver to the top corner. The effervescent Chris Pearce doubled Kendall's lead with a tidy finish before player/manager Lar Barden put his troops three ahead. The Skerries native broke from midfield before curling a neat finish beyond the grasp of the overworked Spartans goalkeeper. Kendall would go into the half-time break four to the good after Pearce won a penalty in what can only be described as dubious circumstances. Whatever the rights or wrongs of the referee's decision, Hamell stepped up to convert and bring his Fall tally to three goals in just two games. Understandably, Kendall struggled to find top gear after the break, and the men in red were punished twice for sloppy defending by Spartans as the Fairhaven-based outfit reduced their arrears to 4-2. But no Kendall B victory would be complete without some intervention from Justin Teman. The clinical striker, who was making a return to action after missing last week's season opener, produced a trademark lob to nip the Spartans' attempted comeback in the bud. The victory was all the more impressive given that it was earned in the absence of first-choice centre-back Gerry Daly. The defender did make it to Gonzalez Field, but only as the teams were making their way home. The bauld Gerry only f**ked up the time and arrived thinking it was a 10am rather than an 8am kick-off! No doubt Mr Daly will atone for his error next week when the Bs face Boston Pops Athletic Club in Waltham. AT 9AM, Gerry!!!
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
We're back!! Summer round up and the first weekend games of autumn are underway!
Even though the competitive action took a break for a little while, there was still plenty going on in the club. Highlights included the Annual Club Golf Outing in August and the latest club apparel going on sale with the introduction of baseball caps and winter beanies.
We also said a fond farewell to ex-President and Kendall C manager Eamonn Fitzgerald who's relocating with his family to warmer pastures in North Carolina with an wonderful testimonial game in Danehy Park in July. Best of luck Eamo!
And so to the results thus far...
Kendall A 4-1 Holliston Kendall A 0-1 Battery Park Gunners
Kendall B 0-0 Druids (Game abandoned due to thunder and lightning)
Kendall C 3-4 Sports Identity Kendall C 0-3 Southie FC
Kendall O30's A 1-1 Bohs
Kendall O30's B 1-1 Portuguese United FC
Training continues tomorrow at 8pm at Pine Banks, Melrose