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).
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Kendall A Win The BSSL Cup!!!
BSSL Cup Final Result: Kendall A 3-0 Playwright
Congratulations to A team managers, Phil Keane & Fabrice Matichard, and the players for their comprehensive cup final win in Melrose last night.
Kendall B Runners Up BSSL Divsion 2
More congratulations to the B team gaffers, Phil O'Driscoll, Dave Power and Dennis Brosnan, and the players who gain automatic promotion to Division 1 and will now look forward to locking horns with the best the league has to offer in 2015.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Report Catch-Up: B's get promoted to BSSL Division 1!!!
Cambridge Arsenal 0-4 Kendall B: Kendall B braved the rain and the sore heads yesterday morning in Danehy Park to play their final game of the season. A win for Druids FC would steer them clear of the relegation playoff so Kendall needed to be ready for a battle. An early goal settled Kendall into their rhythm, Iain McCall netting his first goal for the club. More chances came as Kendall were playing some great football up to the final third. However the final passes and finishing were being rushed. Tyler Cox had the best of the chances but his effort was pushed around the post by the keeper. 1-0 at the break. Kendall continued to play well in the second half, although Johnny Crowley did have some saves to make in the Kendall goal. Donning the gloves in the absence of John O'Toole, Crowley dealt with everything thrown at him on the day...some in more convincing fashion than others! The all-important second goal came and it was Kendall who scored it, Chris Scearbo running clear and finishing past the keeper. Scearbo, who has been in prolific form of late, scored his second minutes later when he got on the end of a centre across the six-yard box after some good work from Jonah Fontela. The fourth and final goal was scored by Andy Muir, again more great build up play to setup the effort on goal. A good win to end the season, finishing second in BSSL Division 2 and securing automatic promotion to the top flight.
Club Recordacoes De Portugal 1-1 Kendall O30 B: Kendall B clinched a play-off spot in NEOTHSL Division 5 on the back of this hard-fought draw against league leaders Club Recordacoes De Portugal. On top of an 8am start way down in Fall River, 16 brave soles had to battle the brutal conditions of rain, wind and snow. Kendall won the toss and took the wind in the first half. Wanderers defended too deep in the opening exchanges, but the defensive strategy worked to their advantage when a counter-attack led to a trademark clinical finish from Justin Teman. The striker was aided and abetted by super link-up play on the break by Dan O'Regan and Chris Pearce. Unfortunately, Portugal equalised towards the end of the first half with a long shot that Kendall goalkeeper Fred Barney did will to keep out. However, the hosts were sharpest to the breaking ball and they finished well. Second-half chances were few and far between for both sides as very good defending from both teams meant the spoils were shared. It was a great display all round from everyone, and the only pity was that Kendall didn't produce the same intensity in the first game against the same opponents. While the point does secure a play-off berth for Kendall, it also means that Club Recordacoes De Portugal have the fate of the only promotion place in Division 5S in their own hands. Both they and Kendall have 20 points each, although Portugal have two games left to play as opposed to Kendall's one. However, they also have eight card points accrued and so there is still a chance that Kendall could pip them to the top spot.
Kendall B 1-2 MIT: Kendall B went into the game knowing that a win would give them the chance to clinch the BSSL Division 2 title the following week against Druids FC. However, MIT started the game on the front foot and took the lead before Kendall even got going. The goal came from a corner; a front post header catching the Kendall defence out. The rest of the half was played mostly in midfield with the two teams cancelling each other out in many respects. MIT did have a couple chances but the best chance came to Kendall striker Dave Clifford. Unfortunately his point blank range header went inches wide. The half ended 1-0 with MIT having the lion's share of possession. Kendall needed a good start to the second half but it didn't materialise. MIT scored their second goal from another set piece not long into the half. A free kick just inside the half was launched to the back post and the MIT striker towered over the Kendall rearguard to power a header past John O'Toole in goal. Kendall went three at the back with two out and out strikers to try get back in the game. A goal did come when Derrick James forced the ball over the line after some continuous pressure on the MIT goal. Kendall were now playing well, keeping possession with confidence that was so lacking earlier in the came. Although the performance improved, the equaliser didn't come. A disappointing result for Kendall, but a great season overall as promotion was already secured. Congratulations go to MIT for winning the league. Kendall's game next week will close out the Fall season.
Kendall O30 B 4-2 Boston Pops Athletic Club: Kendall Wanderers enhanced their NEOTHSL Division 5S title chances with an impressive victory over a much-improved Boston Pops AC outfit. Lar Barden's troops have been quick out of the traps recently, and it was the case again this morning as they took a 2-0 lead. Justin Teman continued his recent scoring streak, as did the reinvigorated Tim Boomer. But that advantage was quickly wiped out by Boston Pops as the sides headed into the interval locked at 2-2. Kendall eliminated most of the defensive mishaps after the break, except for a lazy back pass by Barden whose blushes were saved by a superb goal-saving tackle by Andy S. Wanderers regained the lead 15 minutes from time, and (inevitably) Teman was at the heart of the matter. The striker led Boston Pops on a merry dance which was only halted when the visiting goalkeeper hauled him down in the box. The stopper was lucky to stay on the pitch after the infraction. Chris Pearce stepped up to convert the penalty by sending the 'keeper the wrong way. It didn't go unnoticed that regular spot kick taker Collie Hamell shirked his responsibilities due an ill-fitting pair of new boots! Hamell made amends late on, however, when he provided the assist for Pearce to bag his second goal of the game and put the result beyond doubt. The victory sets up a crunch tie with Club Recordacoes De Portugal next week. The result of that encounter will go a long way to determining who will top the division and earn promotion to Division 4.
Kendall B 5-0 Groton House: Kendall braved the storm conditions to play a rearranged game versus Groton House under the lights in Melrose, knowing that a win would seal automatic promotion to BSSL Division 1. The opening exchanges were fairly even as both teams got to grips with the swirling wind and rain. Kendall, with the wind mostly at their backs, eventually started to pin Groton back into their half. The best of the early efforts came from Chris Scearbo as he hit a beauty from outside the box that came back off the crossbar. The opening goal came from a defence-splitting through ball from Kendall's backline into the path of Scearbo. The winger, in fine goalscoring form, kept his composure to find the corner of the net and settle any nerves. The second goal wasn't long in coming, a great delivery from a corner was met by Colm Caffrey in the six-yard box. A second or two passed before the assistant referee raised his flag to signal that the ball had crossed the line before the defender had hacked it out. The net bulging must have given it away! Kendall's tails were up now and they were playing some great football. Dave Clifford was causing Groton all sorts of problems and he was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with a number of efforts. The third goal did come before half time, Paul Alvarenga just on the field cushioned a pass to Johnny Crowley with his first touch. Crowley then hit a bullet into the top corner, giving the Groton 'keeper no chance. 3-0 at the half. Kendall kept up the tempo in the second half and never gave Groton a sniff of getting back into the game. Mark Cotton and Caffrey were dominating the midfield and allowing Hisham Boualam plenty of time on the ball to create chances higher up the field. One of Hisham's runs from midfield set up Scearbo for Kendall's fourth. Hisham skilfully left two players in his wake and laid the ball off to Scearbo at the edge of the box. Scearbo hit a screamer with his left foot into the top corner - unstoppable. Another pass from Hisham put Scearbo through on goal and he secured his hat-trick with a great finish, using the outside of his right foot to curl past the advancing 'keeper. 5-0 it finished, another well-deserved clean sheet for Kendall B, and a really solid performance in testing conditions. Promotion to Division 1 secured with two games to spare!
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Cambridge Arsenal 0-4 Kendall B: Kendall B made their way to Thayer Academy South Campus in Braintree looking to build some momentum following last week's 4-2 win over Boston Gunners. Cambridge Arsenal started the game with just 10 players, so Kendall pressed them hard in the opening stages. Johnny Crowley and Chris Scearbo were running riot on the right wing, creating chances almost at will. However, there was a scare for Kendall as it looked like Cambridge Arsenal had taken the lead. A free-kick just inside the halfway line was floated to the back post for the Arsenal player to head home. Luckily for Kendall, the offside flag had been raised. Midway through the half Kendall's dominance paid dividends as they scored the opening goal of the game. Crowley and Scearbo with some neat play down the right wing to set up Jonah Fontela just inside the box. Jonah, whose youthful, beardless visage still adorns the profile page of Cambridge Arsenal's Twitter account, moved the ball onto his left foot and curled home a peach into the far corner. Arsenal were up to a full compliment of players by this stage but Kendall continued to dominate proceedings. The second goal came just before the half as Dave Clifford continued his prolific goalscoring run with a close-range effort after continued Kendall pressure. The importance of the third goal was stressed in the team talk and the Kendall went straight out and scored it at the start of the second half. Scearbo put on the afterburners to catch the goalkeeper unawares and steal a through ball away from him. Scearbo's first two efforts were blocked by a combination of 'keeper and defender but he made sure with his third attempt. Mark Cotton and Colm Caffrey were controlling the midfield area, and it was the latter who burst forward and hit a beauty of a cross into the box for Jonah to volley into the roof of the net - the second of the game for the former Arsenal man. Kendall closed out the game with some good possession football to keep a well-deserved clean sheet and get a defining week off to the perfect start. Next up is a midweek game versus Groton House at Pine Banks Park in Melrose. If all goes well for Kendall there, it would set up a possible BSSL Division 2 title decider against MIT at Danehy Park next Saturday.
Kendall O30A 3-2 FFC: Kendall's top veterans took all the points in yet another feisty NEOTHSL Division 2S fixture at Danehy Park. Aido Finnan's charges were 3-0 up on FFC at the half and in control of the game but were under the kosh for most of the second and hanging on by the end to secure a 3-2 victory. Straddling both halves was a very, very poor referee. He was like an onion of incompetence. As each layer was peeled away a further layer of incompetence was revealed and all would bring tear to the eye. His ineptitude fanned the flames of discontent and disagreement, and only served to drag the game into a mire of collision and contention. After a sloppy opening Kendall began to control the game and when an attack down the left wing was cut off the ball was worked back around to the right. Paul Garvey found Jonah Fontela on the edge of the box and doing what he does so well, Jonah lifted a powerful shot past the keeper. 1-0. Kendall's second came when another cross from the wing found the head of Ash Hosny and his powerful header left the 'keeper with no chance. Derrick James made it 3-0 after a pinpoint ball from Garvey found his offside beating run and Derrick took two touches to round the keeper and slotted the ball across and behind the desperate slide of FFC's centre-half and home. So all seemed good at the half but Kendall were weakened by the loss of two key players in Jonah (to a hamstring injury) and Derrick (to a painting and decorating engagement). Nonetheless, a confident Kendall took the field for the second half. However, that confidence was rattled after only 38 seconds when FFC showed they were no busted flush and announced their fighting intentions with a quick goal and a perfect start to their half. The bitterness and bad humour increased as FFC sniffed their chance in the air and fouls, some imagined and some ignored by the dreadful ref, peppered the game. Still, FFC controlled the game and with 15 minutes left they scored a second and really rattled Kendall's already weakened confidence. Kendall hung in resolutely for the last quarter, with a mixture of stout defending and occasional forays forward keeping them in it. FFC missed a glorious opportunity to level the score in the closing stages, their striker knocking a well-worked opening over an open goal from eight yards out. After five minutes of injury time the ref finally blew for a 3-2 Kendall win. It was truly a game of two halves and one half wit in the referee, but with three valuable points in the bag Kendall's veterans proved that there's life in these old dogs yet.
South Coast Spartans 3-5 Kendall O30 B: Another long trip down to Fairhaven proved fruitful for Kendall B, but their win over the South Coast Spartans was not without its difficulties. It all started swimmingly for the Kendall as a brace of first-half goals from Justin Teman gave Lar Barden's troops a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break. Unfortunately, Kendall were caught early in the second half and a goal gave Spartans hope they could get something from the game. That hope grew further still when they equalised through a penalty. The spot kick was awarded after Mike McCormack did a Luis Suarez (or a Phil Neville for those with better memories) and handled the ball on the line from a corner. Mike Mac received a straight red for the offence, though he was already walking a tightrope after he was cautioned for a rugby tackle earlier in the encounter. The dismissal left Kendall's OTHSL Division 5S title hopes in a perilous state. At 2-2 and down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes, it didn't look good for Wanderers to say the least. Fortunately, Tim Boomer decided to produce a man-of-the-match performance and helped drag Kendall out of the mire. It was Boomer who made it 3-2 after some neat interplay with Teman, but that goal was quickly cancelled out by another Spartans equaliser. However, Boomer was not to be denied and it was his pressure on the Spartans goalkeeper that afforded him the chance to put Kendall ahead again. The lanky winger is not renowned for his composure in front of goal, but he kept his cool this time to slot home into the empty net to notch his second goal of the game. And Boomer was not done terrorising the Spartans yet. It was the number 11's through ball that allowed Tomislav Zovko finish clinically to secure a crucial three points. Club Recordacoes De Portugal remain in top spot, but this victory means that the Over 30 Bs keep themselves in position to capitalise on any slip-ups by the league leaders.