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 the NEOTHSL.

Our first team are current BSSL Division 1 League champions (2013).

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 1

Kendall A started the 2014 season with a 3-0 win over Blackbeard FC. Taylor Gorman opened the scoring after 16 minutes with a cool side-footed finish from close range after a nice passing move also involving Todd, Francis and David Taylor. Kendall doubled their lead after 60 minutes when a wicked left-foot delivery by Taylor from a free-kick was met at the back post by Todd Shigo. Phil Keane got the third goal racing onto a nice through ball to lob the advancing goalkeeper. For the second season in a row the gaffer got his annual goal out of the way early having scored the winner in the same fixture last season. There was plenty of early season rust on show but Kendall worked hard throughout and took their chances well when they arrived. Kendall had good debuts from Chris Stoker, Sean McGrath, Francis Mulkern and David Taylor.

Not to be outdone, Kendall B also got their season off to a great start with a very hard-fought 2-1 win over a good Milford Lusitanos FC team. Playing against the wind in the first half, Kendall created a few very good chances with Richard Mulo and Jonah Fontela going very close. The opening goal deseveredly arrived when a Jonah corner was prodded home at the near post by Colm Caffrey and the score remained 1-0 to The Kendall at the half. With the wind at their backs in the second half, Kendall strayed a little from the passing football they played in the first half and Milford started to get on top before deservedly equalizing with 25 minutes remaining. Kendall fought back though and dominated the last 15 minutes of the game. Milford always looked very dangerous on the break though and it took an outstanding flying save from Evan Weagle in the Kendall goals with five minutes to go to prevent what looked like being a certain winning goal for Milford. Just when it looked like the game would end in a draw, a stray pass in the Midford defense saw Jonah through on goal. Jonah rounded the advancing keeper only to be pulled down for what was an obvious penalty. It was a day for managers called Phil as up stepped gaffer Phil O'Driscoll to cooly dispatch a great penalty and seal the win for the Bs. After a very slow start in 2013, it was a great win for the Bs to get off to a better start in 2014 and there were excellent performances throughout the entire team.

The O30Bs began the season in confident mood on the back of winning promotion in the fall and a solid pre-season outing last week. The opposition, United International, had steamrollered us in 2011 on their way up the league but we are a much stronger team in 2014. Despite this we started slowly and looked particularly vulnerable to balls in behind the defense and it was not a surprise when United International converted one such chance after 10 minutes. However, like Liverpool going behind at Cardiff, we didn't panic and started to assert ourselves in midfield through skipper Gary Beatty along with Steve Wallace, Tomislav Zovko and Lar Barden. Dennis Cunningham teed up Justin Teman with a peach of a cross but the header went over the bar. However the same duo made amends with the last kick of the half when a first time ball from Cunningham set up Teman to skilfully lob the keeper and level the score. New manager Lar Barden exhorted the troops to continue to play triangles in midfield and stay tight at the back and the second half was a procession as United International got increasingly sloppy at the back. The chances game thick and fast. Tim Boomer hit the woodwork for the second time, debutant Daniel Clydesdale-Cotter tested the keeper from distance and other good chances fell to Steve Wallace, Johnny Kilpatrick and Tomislav Zovko. Justin Teman however was more clinical and tucked away a couple of straightforward opportunities to wrap things up. A hat-trick for last season's top scorer and 3 points in the bag. An excellent start to life in Div. 4!

In other results, Kendall Over 30 A's went down 5-1 to Kel Kau in their first game back in Division 2 while the C's lost 2-1 against Inter Boston.

Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Messrs Congeniality: Kendalls 2014 AGM

Sixteen hardy souls made their way to Dorchester on a seasonally cold February afternoon last Sunday for Kendall Wanderers 2014 Annual General Meeting.

The atmosphere in the upstairs bar at The Banshee was congenial. It was small wonder after a highly successful year in 2013 that saw the A team secure the BSSL Division 1 title and the O30 B side crowned OTHSL Fall Division 5 (South) champions.

Both the B and C teams finished third in BSSL Divisions 2 and 3 respectively, with the only blot on the copybook coming when the O30 A side was relegated from OTHSL Division 1 (South) in the Fall. The relegation came after a solid third place finish in the Spring in their first (but hopefully not last) crack at the top flight.

The reports were read and made for pleasant listening. It was, however, pointed out by John OToole (outgoing President) and Brian McCormack (outgoing Treasurer) that the clubs income had fallen below outgoings last year, and there was a general consensus that an increase in dues and/or a more creative approach to fundraising was needed to address that imbalance.

Outgoing PRO Aido Finnans Public Relations report outlined how the clubs Facebook page had become increasingly popular and pivotal over the previous 12 months, and that the Kendall had a very strong presence in The Irish Emigrant newspaper throughout the year. It was noted that the Facebook pages rise coincided with the fall of the clubs website, and that was an issue that needed to be dealt with.

After the dissolution of the 2013 Committee and a brief watering break, it was decided that Aido should chair the meeting. The Cabra natives efficient monitoring of proceedings would have put a German CEO to shame.

Once the election of club officers began, John OToole was unanimously elected to his third consecutive term as President. He insisted this will be his final year at the helm. Whoever takes over the reins in 2015 will certainly have big shoes to fill. The next vote was for the position of Vice President/Secretary, with Fabrice Matichard getting the nod.

There was role reversal on the bookkeeping front. Jarod Burton was elected Treasurer after cutting his teeth as assistant last year, while Brian McCormack will don the Assistant Treasurers visor after his spell in the senior position. Seamus Leonard was elected as Public Relations Officer, with James Canny taking on the role of Assistant PRO/Fundraising Officer. Eamonn Fitzgerald was voted in as Fundraising/Development Officer, with Darren Skehans installment as Fields & Equipment Officer completing the make-up of the new board.

There was appreciation shown towards those who stepped up to fill the board positions, and a special word of thanks for those who had taken on the demanding work of team management in 2013. As President Johno remarked in his report, that remains the toughest job in the club.

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