Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 11

Breaking with the newsfeed tradition, here's the over 30's A and B teams in their Sunday best after concluding their spring seasons...

Kendall Over 30's A Spring 2014

Kendall Over 30's B Spring 2014

And now to last weekend's action...

MPS 1-1 Kendall A: Kendall Wanderers A and MPS, two of the top teams in the BSSL, served up a great game of football this morning in Wayland. With the popularity of artificial turf, Wayland HS is, unfortunately, one of the few grass pitches still in use in the area. It was in good shape today and both teams seemed to enjoy being able to slide around without fear of turf burn. The wives and girlfriends will also enjoy the absense of little black pellets all over the bathroom floors this evening. Kendall went 1-0 up after about a half an hour courtesy of a cool Francis Mulkern finish. The second half was an end to end affair as Kendall looked to get the clinching second goal while MPS pushed more and more for the equalizer. Kendall had some great chances to seal the win before MPS scored with a spectacular strike with just four minutes left. Both teams pushed for the late winner with Kendall forcing a pair of late corners and MPS almost sneaking the win with a late break which was saved well by Evan Weagle with his feet. Overall, it was an excellent game which both teams will have felt they could have won or lost. Kendall had some great chances at 1-0 but, likewise, MPS forced Evan Weagle in the Kendall goals into three or four great saves. The result keeps both teams tucked in at the top of D1 along with First Wave and Gunners and sets up what should be an exciting Fall season.

Kendall B 3-2 Onieda FC: Kendall B went into the final game of the spring season knowing a win would cement their place at the top of the division. However, due to injuries and weddings the Bs only had 10 players confirmed on Friday evening. John O'Toole was on the case though and by kick off time on Saturday there were 14 players lining up for the Bs. Kendall veterans Stephen Magill and Barry Roche were welcome additions as well as debuts for Ethan Bates and Fiachra Doyle. The opening 20 mins was an even affair but Kendall broke the deadlock when Hocineho Benayache beat his man on the left wing, cutting inside before rounding the keeper and slotting home. The rest of the half was a midfield battle with both sides looking to get control of the game. 1-0 at the half. Kendall started the second half well and soon extended their lead. Stephen Magill hit an inch perfect ball over the top for Derrick James to control and smash into the net off the post. A great goal and Kendall were now well on top. The third goal wasn't long in coming as Hocine beat a couple men before teeing up debutant Fiachra Doyle to poke past the onrushing keeper. 3-0 and Kendall were cruising. The Bs had chances to extend their lead, Sohib and Hocine came closest to getting the fourth. A quick set piece from Oneida caught the Kendall defence napping and made the score 3-1. With 10 minutes left Kendall just needed to keep possession and see the game out. However a through ball from Oneida resulted in Paul Mallen and Dennis Brosnan running into each other to send their striker clean through. As the striker ran into the box, Phil O'Driscoll came running from behind and there was a tangle of legs, penalty to Oneida and a yellow card for O'Driscoll. John O'Toole saved the penalty as expected but the rebound was scrambled over the line. 3-2 now to Kendall with five minutes left. One last nervy moment for Kendall as a misplaced pass went straight to the Oneida center back now playing up front. Nothing to fear though as O'Toole made a superb save to ensure Kendall came out of the game with the win. A great record of 7-1-1 puts Kendall B top of Division 2 and in great shape going into the break before the fall season.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 10

Kendall A 5-0 Valeo: Scorers were Taylor Gorman (2), Sean Kaukas, Norbert Guery (welcome back from injury) and Eric Robertson on his debut.

Kendall B 2-0 Union Brew House: The Kendall Bs called upon some club stalwarts for this game as numbers were low. Stephen Magill and Mike Tuttle came back into the fold to help keep the winning run going. Kendall started brightly and had several chances to take the lead as UBH could not handle the pace of Johnny Crowley and Hocineho on the flanks. Kendall hit the bar twice, with Hocineho and Derrick James having great Individual efforts come back off the woodwork. The opening goal did come in the first half as Hocineho lobbed the keeper after terrorising the UBH right back with his dribbling. Goalkeeper John OıııToole produced a couple of great saves from UBH long-range efforts. In truth, that was all UBH could muster as Kendall's defence and midfielddominated the game. 1-0 at the half. The second half continued in much the same vein, with Kendall's dominance deserving more goals. Great build up play throughout the team ended with a nice pass from Colm "two games a day" Caffrey setting Pierre "will cycle anywhere" Dyer up for his first of hopefully many goals for Kendall. Kendall closed the game out nicely to record their fifth consecutive league win and to remain top of BSSL Division 2.

Kendall C 8-0 Commoners: Biggest win of the season for the C's (and perhaps ever??)...sadly no match report but the scorers were Javier Arnez (4), Ben Sprayerger, Bren Kounaves, Jon Bexiga and some guy called Barry Roche.

Kendall O30 A 1-3 Holliston: Kendall A played today safe in the knowledge that regardless of the result, their status in NEOTHSL Division 2 South was already secure. Just as well! Again struggling for numbers and with another makeshift team, Kendall were well beaten by the basement side for the second time this year. Kendall went down early after a Holliston forward ball found the defence flat-footed and their striker finished well past John O'Toole. Kendall pulled one back when a through ball from Abdullah Dow found his pal Talal in space behind the defense and keeping a cool head Talal chipped the ball past the onrushing keeper. Holliston were soon back in front when their striker got in front of Donal Keane (who it seems spent yesterday celebrating his Colombian, Costa Rican, Italian, and Ivorian roots) from a free kick to clip a ball in at the near post. Despite the half-time resolutions, Kendall were down 3-1 very early in the send half when Daz pulled the arm of Holliston's striker and the ref awarded a penalty. And what a penalty it was. Holliston's centre -forward, who evidently has played with Seattle Sounders and the Puerto Rican national team, hit an absolute thunder bastard beyond Johno, who never stood a chance. Kendall huffed and puffed through the rest of the game but in truth never really caused Holliston much trouble at the sharp end. Now itıııs Time to regroup over the summer break and shore up a squad which too frequently fails to deliver a competitive team. Twenty-seven goals conceded over the season is relegation form by anyone's standard, and Kendall were very fortunate to avoid the drop. Greate rand tougher tests await in the Fall.

Kendall O30 B 2-3 Rovers FC: A sixth loss in NEOTHSL Division 4 South condemned Kendall B to relegation after yet another narrow defeat in this disappointing Spring season. A victory was required to ensure survival and the importance of the fixture was highlighted by the large Kendall squad assembled on a warm Sunday morning at Gonzalez Field in Dedham. It was nip-and-tuck in the early stages, with Kendall playing with the advantage of the breeze. As has happened so often this season, however, Kendall found themselves playing catch-up when they conceded the opening goal midway through the first half. The ball was given away cheaply in midfield and a Rovers attacker was given way too much latitude in the penalty area to fire past Graeme Doran who was donning the Kendall gloves in place of the absent Fred Barney. The soft goal aside, Kendall were playing reasonably well. And they improved steadily and almost pulled level when a sweetly-struck effort from Chris Pearce clipped the crossbar. The equaliser came when a searching ball put Justin Teman in behind the Rovers FC defence and the Kendall striker kept his composure to side foot a shot past the advancing goalkeeper. And Kendall hit the front a couple of minutes later when Rovers FC failed to deal with a ball into the box from Shea Leonard and Pearce was on hand to latch onto the loose ball and fire low and into the corner of the net. Wanderers were in control of the game at that stage, and so it was against the run of play when Rovers FC made it 2-2 on the stroke of half time. Leonard failed to win a 50-50 challenge in midfield and the Rovers number 10 drove forward before unleashing a powerful shot past Doran from 25 yards. The effort moved wickedly in the air, making it particularly difficult for the Kendall ıııkeeper to stop. The second half was very much an even affair, but the best of the chances continued to fall Kendallıııs way. The best opportunity came when Teman went on a trademark mazy run before firing just wide off his weaker left foot. A draw would not have been of any use to Kendall if fellow relegation candidates United International won their game, and so player/manager Lar Barden made the correct decision to go three at the back in order to nick the victory that would have guaranteed Division 4 status for the Fall. That left Kendall vulnerable to the counter-attack and so it transpired with three minutes to go that Rovers FC broke forward hit the net and give themselves a 3-2 victory. The defeat left Kendall relying on other results, but their hopes of survival were dashed when news came through that United International beat Medfield 3-1. It is hard to believe that Kendall were top of the table after four games, and were still in the mix for the play-offs up to a couple of weeks ago. But in such a tight division, Kendall paid the ultimate price for losing four games by just the odd goal. The Spring season was not without positives, however, as Chris Pearce established himself as a key player in an attacking midfield position, while Steve Wallace reinvented himself as a holding midfielder. If only Roy Hodgson had bothered his arse to look!!! But Kendall B will also be losing a stalwart over the summer as Eamonn Fitzgerald is relocating to North Carolina. A board member and former C team player/manager, he will be missed. We wish Eamonn and his family all the best.

Monday, June 9rd, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 9

Kendall 8 0 Groton House: Kendall As took on Groton House in the 2nd round of the BSSL Cup on Sat. With half the squad missing due to injury or work commitments and a few sunning themselves in Miami. The As had to call up a couple of Kendall legends in Stephen Magill and Kevin Gorham before kick off. And the two veterans didn't disappoint with a brace each. Francis Mulkearn got the scoring started early. Phil Keane and Marco Inzunza added to the tally before Magill got his first ever Kendall goal to finish off the first half. Second half goals from Talylor Gorman, Kevin Gorham 2 and Magill finished the scoring. 3 big games coming up for the A's to finish the spring season.

Taunton 2-2 Kendall o30A: Bleary-eyed & under-manned Kendall showed up in Taunton for an 8am kick-off knowing that a win would assure their place in D2. Predictably Taunton led an early onslaught against the 10 men, thwarted only by some fantastic goalkeeping & defending. Gaffer Aido Finnan arrived about 25 mins in to give Kendall the full complement, ears still ringing from either the Morrissey concert last night or the lads bitching about the gaffer being late. While his arrival helped to stem the tide of attacking play from Taunton, Kendall had few chances in the first half. Garvey & Sheehan ran tirelessly, but had limited support. Early in the 2nd half a poor kick-out fell to Adbullah. Never having seen a shot he didn't fancy, he duly dispatched a low hard shot beyond the flailing keeper & defender. The fact that his team-mates were too exhausted to run up the field to celebrate with him didn't stop the big man from running to the corner flag to perform yet another goal celebration. Disaster struck within minutes, Dave Sheehan forced off after a high tackle from a Taunton defender. Kendall were back to 10 men for the remaining third, & Taunton again got on the front foot. More last gasp goalkeeping kept Kendall in it, until a poor refereeing decision lead to the Taunton equalizer. The forward had not only committed a foul before crossing the ball for the goal, but the ball had also gone out of play. 1-1. Kendall heads dropped, Taunton followed up with a quick second following a defensive lapse. Steve Brown pushed up to centre forward as Kendall pushed to get something out of the game. The newly doting dad latched onto a loose ball in the box before turning sharply to find the corner of the net. 2-2. Almost immediately after the re-start the Offaly man was at it again, slaloming past 2 defenders before narrowly missing the target. A draw was probably a fair result, although Taunton had by far the better chances. Kendall's work, resolute defending, & fearless goalkeeping earned the point. Next up are Bohs on Tuesday night. Phil Keane is apparently looking for extra shin guards for this one.

Duxbury United 2-1 Kendall O30 B: Kendall Wanderers remain mired in a battle against relegation after a narrow defeat in this NEOTHSL Division 4 South clash at Lincoln Field in Duxbury on Sunday morning. To describe the surface as a cabbage patch would be an insult to some of the well maintained cabbage patches out there, and the dreadful surface made it extremely difficult to get the ball down on the deck. As a result, the ball spent much of the first time in the air. This situation suited the physically strong hosts, and Kendall didnıııt help themselves by failing to compete adequately in the air and for second balls. Wanderers paid the price for their sluggish start when Duxbury took the lead about 20 minutes in. Kendall goalkeeper Fred Barney, who carried an ankle injury into the game, pulled off two fantastic point-blank saves but he was left helpless as a Duxbury player forced the ball home from close range at the third time of asking. The concession of the opener drew a response from Kendall, and they started to string some passes together for the first time in the game. The increased possession led to some decent chances, the best of which fell to Dennis Cunningham. The Mayo man found some space at the back post and his downward header from a deep cross somehow skipped up off the solid turf and back out off the crossbar. Duxbury led 1-0 at the break, but it could have been worse for Kendall had player/manager Lar Barden not executed a fantastic last-ditch tackle to deny a Duxbury striker just as he was about to pull the trigger from 10 yards out. It was clear that Kendall needed some extra bite, but the visitors found themselves 2-0 behind midway through the second half as a superb cross from Duxburyıııs central midfielder was met at the back post by their number 10 and his clinical connection left Barney with no chance of keeping the ball out. To their credit, Kendall didnıııt give up and pushed to try and get something out of the game. They werenıııt helped by some ludicrous refereeing decisions, which were so bad that even the normally reserved Andy ıııDufresneııı Scheufele found himself unable to contain his frustration. Justin Teman toiled tirelessly up front, but too often the Kendall striker found himself isolated in possession. There was a glimmer of hope with six minutes remaining when a clear-cut handball in the Duxbury box resulted in a penalty for Kendall. Shea Leonard duly dispatched his fourth penalty of the Spring season. Kendall pressed for an equaliser but the clock ran out on their efforts, with the referee only playing 90 seconds of injury time despite blatant time-wasting by the hosts throughout the second half. The win sent Duxbury top of the table, but left Kendall just one point clear of the relegation position. Next weekıııs final league game sees fellow strugglers Rovers FC visit Kendall in Dedham. After doing so well to get promoted in the Fall, Kendall need a victory next Sunday to ensure they donıııt make a swift return to Division 5.

Monday, June 3rd, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 8

Kendall A 3-3 Eagles: Kendall A and Eagles played out a 3-3 thriller today in Madison Park. Kendall got off to an awful start and found themselves 2-0 down after 20 minutes and thats how the score remained at the half-time whistle. Kendall played much better in the second half but it looked like it was going to be one of those days as the Eagles keeper made some very good saves to frustrate Kendall. Todd Shigo gave Kendall a lifeline with 20 minutes remaining when he finished from close range. Sensing the comeback was on, Kendall continued to attack and create chances while Eagles remained extremely dangerous on the break. In fact, Eagles rattled the Kendall crossbar at 2-1 just before Mark Nolan equalised with a perfect finish to the back post and, with nine minutes remaining, the game was there for either team to win. Although the momentum seemed to be with Kendall at this point, it was Eagles who looked to have secured the three points when a Kendall attack broke down on the left and a swift counter-attack saw a perfect cross headed-in at the back post. With only a couple of minutes remaining, it looked like Kendall had been floored by a decisive sucker-punch until Robbie Sabadoz stepped up with a simply amazing full-volley from well outside the box which hit the inside of the post and, thankfully for Kendall, nestled in the other corner of the net. One of the best ever Kendall goals and a fitting finish to an enthralling second half. Its never entirely satisfying to drop points but Kendall showed great heart to battle back multiple times in this game to salvage a point.

Kendall B 2-1 BCS XI: Kendall B started the day top of BSSL Division 2, three points ahead of BCSXI. The Bs started brightly withy Hocine and Pierre Dyer impressing on the left wing. Soon the second sideıııs domination paid dividends when they took the lead from a corner. Jonah Fontela's delivery was headed in at the front post by Colm Caffrey. The second wasn't long in coming, and it was Caffrey on target again with a great strike from outside the box after a marauding run from midfield. Kendall had chances to get the third, but Sohib and Hocineıııs efforts were just off target. BCS XI snuck back into the game when a corner wasn't cleared by Kendall and a shot deflected into the bottom corner after some pinball in the box. So it was 2-1 to Kendall at the half-time whistle. The second half was a battle, with BCS XI pushing on to get the equaliser and Kendall matching them for effort. The Bs had chances to get the third wth Pierre and Jonah both having efforts saved by the visiting goalkeeper. BCS XI rarely threatened the Kendall goal as Paul Mallen and Dennis Brosnan marshalled the defence comfortably. It finished 2-1, keeping the Bs on top of the table with 16 points from seven games.

Kendall O30A 3-3 Bohs

Kendall C 0-5 Southie FC: The Kendall C teamıııs rotten run of results continued unabated against impressive BSSL Division 3 North leaders Southie FC on Saturday afternoon at Danehy Park in Cambridge. The tone was set with less than two minutes on the clock when Southie struck for the first of their five goals. Kendall goalkeeper Steve Gage could only parry a swerving free-kick and a Southie man was quickest to react to prod the rebound home. Kendall played well in patches, but the visitors were in clinical mood and notched another couple of goals before the break to leave the score 3-0 at half time. There was a positive response from Wanderers after the break, but the points were secured for Southie when they hit Kendall on the counter-attack again and a well-struck shot had enough power to get the past the diving hand of Gage. A fifth goal late on added insult to injury for a Kendall side in desperate need of a win to restore pride and confidence. Goalkeeper Gage made some excellent saves to prevent an even heavier defeat, and he could hold his head high afterwards. Five defeats on the trot means morale is low in the camp at the moment, but Nathan Leeıııs charges must lift themselves and ensure that they secure all three points against basement side Commoners FC in a fortnightıııs time.

Medfield 2-1 Kendall Over 30 B: Kendallıııs play-off hopes in NEOTHSL Division 4 South were dealt a heavy blow by this narrow defeat at Ralph Wheelock School in Medfield on Sunday morning. The game was played on an excellent grass pitch and Kendall made the most of the favourable surface early on by playing some fine passing football. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half when Shea Leonard was clipped by a Medfield defender as he made his way to the byline. Despite Medfieldıııs protestations, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The defender missed the ball and there was definite contact, but the Kendall attackerıııs reaction left the official in no doubt about the decision. It was what left-back Eamonn Fitzgerald termed an ıııenhanced fallııı. Whatever the merits of the call, Leonard dusted himself off to convert the penalty, his third successful spot-kick in the Spring season. Kendall continued to create chances with Justin Teman going close with a header and Daniel Cyldesdale-Cotter unlucky not to connect with a cross after a lung-bursting run into the box. Medfield made the most of their good fortune by equalizing before the break. A cross from the endline took a couple of deflections before dropping in front of one of the home players who made no mistake from just six yards out. Wanderers started the second half brightly but the game evened out as it wore on. Medfieldıııs main attacking threat was coming from set pieces and it took a fantastic save from Kendall goalkeeper Graeme Doran to keep the scores at level pegging. It came to pass with 10 minutes left, however, that Medfield took the lead after a deep corner was forced home after an unlucky deflection off a Kendall defender. Kendall laid siege to the Medfield goal in the closing stages but headers from Teman and Dennis Cunningham failed to test the goalkeeper and Medfield held out to claim all three points. Kendallıııs play-off chances are not completely gone, but in such a tight division the focus now turns to securing a win from the final two games to stave off the threat of relegation.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 7

Kendall A 2-0 Battery Park Gunners: Kendall A had an important 2-0 win over Gunners to stay top of Division 1. Kendall didn't have their best performance of the season and Gunners enjoyed long periods of possession but Kendall defended resolutely and finished their chances ruthlessly. Taylor Gorman gave Kendall the lead early in the first half when he finished a cross from Mike Bridges with Robbie Sabadoz also ready to pounce. Austin Britt got the second for Kendall early in the second half with a bullet header to the top corner from a Taylor corner. Austin has risen through the ranks from Kendall C last season, through the B team, up to the A team this year. Kenny McCarthy, Sean McGrath and Matt Scheufele played very weil at the back to preserve the clean sheet.

Druids FC 1-3 Kendall B: Kendall B also maintained their good form with a 3-1 win over Druids FC to stay top of a very tight Division 2. Kendall put in a great first half performance and were 2-0 up at the break thanks to a pair of goals from Chris Scearbo. Chris' first goal came when he cut in from the right wing to unleash a great shot to the top corner to give the keeper no chance. His second came when he found himself one on one with the advancing keeper and stabbed the ball home. The second half was less impressive from the Kendall who didn't keep possession as well as they did in the first half and let Driods back in the game. Thankfully Hisham Boualam scored a great goal to make it 3-0 and ease the pressure but Druids did pull one back with ten minutes to go. Good team performance with Hisham, Pierre Dyer, Derrick James, Chris and Hocine Benayache who had an impressive debut.

Kendall C 0-3 Sports Identity: Unfortunately Kendall C went down 3-0 to Sports identity. The scoreline was tough on Kendall who dominated for long periods but couldn't score only to be stung twice just before the break.

Southborough 0-3 Kendall O30A: Another early kickoff in Holliston and another defeat for the over 30's A team who struggle to gather any momentum in div 2 south of the othsl. This time it was at the hands of a Southborough team who were in much better form than in the early season meeting when Kendall had won the points. Not today however. Kendall never got on the front foot, giving up the first goal after only 4 minutes and playing catchup thereafter. Southborough used the ball more effectively throughout, made Kendall work hard to win it back and picked off a tiring team when opportunity knocked. Going in 1-0 down at the half there was heated debate about the best plan for correction and advancement. Everyone had their say before Kendall took the field again with redoubled resolve but unfortunately conceded another early goal and were quickly back in the soup. 15 minutes for time Southboro struck again effectively killing off any chance for Kendall to get something from this fixture. Despite the loss effort could not be faulted. Everyone gave their all, Shane mcElwee in particular was the personification of hard work and determination, having to play 3 different positions during the game (albeit not at the same time!). But with a leaky defense and a blunt attacking threat Kendall are struggling to turn hard work into points. Further battles are ahead for this Kendall team and victories are needed to stay out of the relegation position.

Kendall O30 B 2-3 Peru Sport: The Kendall Over 30 B side slipped to their second defeat in a matter of days, though there was little doubt they deserved something from this game played at Madison Park High School on Sunday morning. Kendall gave away some shocking goals from set pieces during their 4-1 loss to Medfield in midweek, and that frailty seeped into open play at the weekend as Peru Sport scored two first-half goals to assume control of this NEOTHSL Division 4 South encounter. Peru Sport started the day just one point ahead of Kendall, but the early goals gave Lar Bardenıııs troops a mountain to climb. Not that there was much wrong with Kendallıııs performance and application in the opening period. It was just that Peru capitalised on some basic errors. The Kendall enjoyed a bright period just before the break, and nearly pulled a goal back when a piledriver from Dennis Cunningham was tipped onto the crossbar by the visitorsııı goalkeeper. Kendall began the second half in similarly inspired fashion and the deficit was soon cut when a beautifully-weighted through ball from Steve Wallace put Justin Teman in on goal. The striker showed some trademark composure to slot the ball past the stranded Peru goalkeeper. Unfortunately, Peru restored their two-goal advantage when another lapse allowed a Peru Sport striker to beat Kendall stopper Fred Barney from close range. Kendall responded almost immediately when Cunningham successfully chased down a ball over the top from Shea Leonard. The wily Westerner got his head up and picked out the advancing Chris Pearce who placed his shot from the edge of the box perfectly into the bottom corner. The last 20 minutes were dominated by Kendall as a tiring Peru outfit dropped deeper and deeper. Kendallıııs fortunes werenıııt helped by the time wasting antics of Peru, which went unpunished by the referee. However, Kendall were also on the lucky end of some offside calls in the closing stages, so that probably balanced things out on the officiating front. The defeat leaves Kendall four points adrift of Peru with just three games remaining. But the division is incredibly tight and Kendall are certainly still in the mix for a play-off position. Bardenıııs boys will have a fortnight to lick their wounds before they return to action against Medfield on Sunday week.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Weekend Reports: Round 6

Some wonderful reports from last weekend arrived from a subset of the Kendall teams...enjoy!

Kendall B 2 0 Groton House: The B side kicked off their game at a very humid Madison Park High School on Saturday knowing a win could put them top of the table in a very competitive BSSL Division 2. Kendall started fast and soon opened the scoring; a great through ball from Paul Mallen set up Sohib Ruziboev and he finished low past the goalkeeper. Chances continued to come as Sohib timed another run perfectly to race clear but this time he hit the post. Jonah Fontela and Sohib had chances to get the second goal but their efforts were saved. The second goal eventually came when Dave Hughes broke from midfield and played Phil O'Driscoll and Kendall's top goalscorer cut the ball back for Tyler Cox to find the corner of the net. The Bs dominated after the break too. Great performances from Gabe Reich and Brian Mozeleski helped keep control of the game. More chances came as Sohib had a one-on-one opportunity only to lift the ball over the bar. Cox and Johnny Crowley combined and were inches from getting a third but it finished 2-0 in the end. The victory was enough to see Wanderers rise to the summit of Division 2.

United International 0-0 Kendall Wanderers O30 B: In what is fast becoming a trademark of this side, Kendall Wanderersııı Over 30 B side ground out another hard-earned result when they faced United International at Randolph High School on Sunday morning. United were a much improved outfit from the side that were beaten 3-1 by Kendall on the opening day of the season, and the hosts were the better team for the majority of the first half. But while Kendall B may not score highly in the possession stakes, they rarely afford opponents easy chances. This was the case again on Sunday when the back four of Daniel Clydesdale-Cotter, Lar Barden, Pete Bilowz and Eamonn Fitzgerald coped admirably with what was a very quick and physical United attack. However, for all United Internationalıııs first-half dominance, it was Kendall who should have led at half time and they would have were it not for a poor refereeing decision 10 minutes before the break. An inswinging free-kick by Shea Leonard was helped to the net by striker Justin Teman, but the referee disallowed the goal on the grounds that Teman was offside. The referee believed Tomislav Zovko had flicked the ball on but the Kendall midfielder was nowhere near the ball and therefore Temanıııs close-range finish should have stood. One of the standout moments of the opening period came when Kendallıııs player/manager collided with one of the United strikers in what can best be described as a good old-fashioned 50-50. The Kendall boss came away with a nasty-looking bump on his leg, but at least he wasnıııt carried off like his opponent who had been well and truly ıııBardenedııı. Kendall had the wind at their backs in the second half, but the advantage of the elements did little to help them against a United side who had the luxury of having eight or nine substitutes to keep things fresh. In truth, there was precious little goalmouth action, but Kendallıııs stand-in goalkeeper Graeme Doran was assured in all he had to do. Both teams had to settle for a point in the end, but it was a good point for Kendall in the context of what was a difficult assignment. There is certainly the feeling that United will take points off other contenders before the OTHSL Division 4 (South) Spring season is out. Kendall have a game in hand over most other sides in the division, and will fulfil that fixture when they take on Medfield in Melrose on Wednesday night. A victory in midweek would leave the B side in a strong position at the top of the table with just four matches remaining.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 6

Some good results at the weekend. The A and B team are top of BSSL Divisions 1 and 2 respectively, while the O30 B side will go top of OTHSL Division 4 (South) with a win against Medfield on Wednesday.

Results:
BSSL Division 1: Holliston 0-6 Kendall (Taylor Gorman, Robbie Sabadoz (2), Dave Taylor, Francis Mulkern (2))
BSSL Division 2: Kendall B 2-0 Groton House (Sohib Ruzibev and Tyler Cox with the goals)
BSSL Division 3N: Coastal United 3-0 Kendall C

OTHSL Division 2(S): Kel Kau 5-1 Kendall A (Steve Brown with the goal)
OTHSL Division 4(S): United International 0-0 Kendall B

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 5 and First Round of the Cup

Kendall A 4 1 MIT: Kendall A advanced to the 2nd round following a 4-1 first round victory over MIT at Forekicks Taunton. Goals from Todd Shigo, David Taylor, and Sean Kaukas (2) helped Phil Keaneıııs men to a comfortable win.

Kendall B 1-3 Essex 2012: Kendall B started slowly and failed to impose themselves on the game in this BSSL Cup first round clash against Division 3 opponents. An early breakaway chance for Pierre Dyer aside, Kendall struggled to keep possession and eventually Essex 2012 made their pressure pay. A corner wasn't cleared and the ball was bundled in for the opening goal. The B side struggled to stem the tide and soon it was 2-0 when a great strike from outside the box found the corner of the net. Kendall nearly had a lifeline when Colm Caffrey got through on goal but his finish was inches wide of the post. Half time came and a vast improvement was needed from Wanderers. The Kendall started the second half with far more energy and determination, pinning Essex 2012 back in their half. Great chances came and went for Tyler Cox, Phil O'Driscoll and Pierre Dyer, as the final touch deserted the B sideıııs attack. After dominating for 20 minutes, Kendall finally got their reward. Dave Hughes played great early through ball for O'Driscoll to race in and slot past the advancing keeper. Kendallıııs players continued to push for the equaliser and went agonisingly close on several occasions, with Gabe Reich having the best effort on goal. After going three at the back and pushing men forward, Kendall B were hit on the break by Essex 2012 to kill the game. A disappointing end in the cup for the B side, but a good lesson will hopefully be taken from the game - good starts in games will be essential to continuing the promising start theyıııve had in BSSL Division 2.

Holliston 4-2 Kendall O30 A: Despite having its strongest squad of the season out against the OTHSLıııs Division 2(S) bottom team - a side who had no previous points on the board - Kendall A somehow conspired to lose this eminently winnable fixture against Holliston. A Derrick James brace just wasn't enough as an uncharacteristically weak defensive performance in the second half from Kendall saw the veterans give up four goals. The pace of Kendall attackers Paul Garvey, Dave Sheehan and Mike Tutttle ran the Holliston defense ragged throughout. However, the Holliston goal seemed blessed, and a baffling offside call from the referee ruled out a perfectly legitimate goal in the first half. The woodwork also came to Hollistonıııs rescue on numerous occasions, and their goalkeeper was in inspired form as Kendall were limited to Derrickıııs brace of goals. Kendall's defence, on the other hand, seemed cursed and Holliston utilised the prevailing wind in the second half to score four times and wrap up the three points. A tough loss for Kendall A, but there some positives to build on as they head towards the midway point in the Spring season.

Rovers FC 0-1 Kendall O30 B: Kendallıııs Over 30 B side ground out an important OTHSL Division 4 (South) win away to Rovers FC at Regis College in Weston on Sunday morning. Shorn of a number of regulars due to the perennial problems of injury and babysitting, Kendall had only 13 players to choose from on the day. But those who were able to make all played their part in what was an excellent team performance and effort. Rovers FC enjoyed the lionıııs share of possession early on, but the home side found it difficult to break down a hardworking Kendall outfit. Playing into a stiff wind, Kendall slowly grew into the game and enjoyed a dominant spell just before half time during which both Justin Teman and Tim Boomer had good chances to open the scoring. With the breeze at their backs in the second half, player/manager Lar Barden was confident that his side would take all three points as long as they kept it tight in defence. Rovers again owned the ball for long periods after the interval, but they were caught out by a magnificent counter-attack close to the hour mark. Teman gathered possession on the halfway line and the strikerıııs meandering dribble sucked in enough defenders to create space on the right side of the penalty area. Shea Leonard got forward to occupy that space and the through ball from Teman was so perfectly weighted that Leonard had no need to take a touch before angling a right-footed shot past the despairing dive of the Rovers goalkeeper and just inside the far post. Rovers battled hard to fashion an equaliser. The hosts almost levelled matters with 10 minutes remaining, but Kendall goalkeeper Fred Barney got a miraculously strong hand on a rasping drive to force it onto the upright before the ball was cleared to safety. Rovers were relying on long throws and corners to trouble the Kendall rearguard, but the visiting back four stood up to all that was thrown at them. That was until the 88th minute when the referee somehow adjudged that Kendall left-back Brian McCormack had ıııbear huggedııı his man in the six-yard box. There hadnıııt even been an appeal from the Rovers FC players but the ludicrous decision had been made. Fortunately, justice was served when the Rovers penalty taker fluffed his lines and the cool Barney was in the right spot to gratefully pounce on a poorly-taken spot kick. Kendall were able to see out the remaining time to secure a victory that saw them leapfrog over Rovers - who had held top spot at the start of the day - in the table. Special mention has to go to defenders Mike McCormack, Andrew Scheufele, Tomislav Zovko and Barden, while Steve Wallace and Chris Pearce got through a mountain of work in central midfield.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 4

Kendall A 5 0 Analog

MIT 0 2 Kendall B: Kendall B played MIT on the renowned institutionıııs Cambridge campus on a wet and cold Saturday. Wanderers started well and looked to be in control of the game. MIT had one chance which was gifted to them, but apart from that Kendall were dominating possession and looking confident. The opening goal wasn't long coming. It came after some great play down the left wing resulted in James Canny whipping in a teasing cross which found Jonah Fontela at the back post and the striker slotted home. MIT upped their game after going behind and had a great chance to equalise. However, Malcolm Cheney in the Kendall goal pulled off a top class save to tip the ball onto the post from a point-blank range shot. Malcolm impressed with his command of the box and great distribution all game. There was no letting up from Kendall, though, and the second goal came from a great through ball from Gabe Reich into the path of Jonah. Fontela rounded the keeper and scored with his trusty left foot from an acute angle. The second half was mostly comfortable for Kendall, as MIT were restricted to long-range shots which rarely troubled Malcolm. Kendall had a few opportunities to get a third goal. Hisham Boualam and Phil O'Driscoll both ran through on goal but just didn't have the finishing touch. Great performances all round as Kendall B go into the cup weekend full of confidence.

Essex 2012 2-1 Kendall C: There was a second defeat on the trot for Kendall C as an abysmal start left Nathan Leeıııs charges with a mountain to climb in this BSSL Division 3N clash at North Reading High School. Kendall were asleep at the wheel for the first 15 minutes and were 2-0 before they realized they were in a game. A combination of individual errors and a collective lack of effort allowed Essex 2012 take control of the match. The second goal shocked Kendall into a response and they finally started to compete. Wanderers finally started to string some passes together and were rewarded when Abdullah Dow reduced the deficit with a powerful free-kick from 25 yards out that crashed off the upright on its way to the net. Soon after, Nawaf (Neno) received a yellow card for a high tackle. However, the Kendall midfielder was lucky not to be seriously injured minutes later when he was subjected to a dangerous two-footed lunge from an Essex player. Kendall were the better side from then to the half but were unable to level matters before the interval. The second half was a pretty even affair, with Kendallıııs best chances coming from set pieces. Gabe Tobon came close to equalising when he met Tyler Flackıııs excellent corner, but the Kendall attackerıııs powerful header went just the wrong side of the foot of the post. Manager Lee went for three at the back in the closing stages as Kendall looked to rescue a point. It was to no avail, however, as Essex held firm. It was the second time in as many games that Kendall C failed to take something from an encounter they deserved at least a point from, and the players will need to find a way to address the poor starts that have plagued them so far in this fledgling season. But there were some positives to be taken as well, with Donal Keane and Justin MacFarlane forming an effective central defensive partnership, while Javier Arnez and new recruit Fawaz impressed in attack.

Taurton 0 2 Kendall O30A: Taunton had the better of the first twenty minutes but without creating many clear-cut chances and Kendall began to grow in confidence as the half wore on. David Sheehan and Paul Garvey's pace always had Taunton worried and one such break down the left by Sheehan resulted in the Taunton keeper making a good save only for the ball to rebound into the path of the onrushing Jon Bexiga who placed a perfect shot into the side netting from the edge of the box to give Kendall a 1-0 lead at the break. Early in the second half. John O'Toole was forced to tip the ball over the crossbar with a flying save to his left from a fierce shot as Taunton looked to get back on level terms. The vital second goal however fell to Kendall courtesy of a brilliant individual Paul Garvey effort. Garvey ran from the halfway line to finish clinically over the advancing keeper. Kendall defenders Donal Keane, Matt Scheufele, Nate Lee and Nick Sze defended resolutely and forced Taunton into long distance efforts which produced two more full length saves from O'Toole as Kendall held on. Scheufele also cleared one off the line with ten minutes remaining to prevent a certain goal and avoid a nervous finish. The midfield of Gary Beatty, David Sheehan, Mike Tuttle, Aidan Finnan (straight off the plane and operating on a few hours sleep) and Jon Bexiga worked tirelessly to close down Taunton and relieve the pressure on the back four. Up front, Paul Garvey put in a huge shift and, along with the speedy Sheehan, was a constant thorn in the side of the Taunton defence. A battling and honest team performance from the Kendall who will be hoping to get some reinforcements back next week for an 8am kickoff away at Holliston.

Kendall O30 B 4-2 Duxbury United: A second win from three games in OTHSL Division 4(S) was achieved with an excellent team performance by Kendallıııs Over 30 B side. Wanderers settled quickly at a wet and mucky Gonzalez Field in Dedham, and they took a deserved early lead when Justin Teman timed his run perfectly to beat the Duxbury offside trap. Last seasonıııs top scorer raced onto a ball over the top by Shea Leonard and there was only going to be one result once Teman was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Kendall pushed for a second and they almost got it when a looping header from Teman bounced back off the crossbar but there was no Kendall player there to apply a finishing touch. Duxbury levelled matters before half time with a goal that had more than a whiff of fortune off it. A free-kick from 25 yards was going to cause no trouble until a wicked deflection off the Kendall wall left goalkeeper Graeme Doran no chance of keeping the ball out. The score remained 1-1 at half time, and Kendall player/manager Lar Barden urged his team to keep faith in the way they were playing, insisting the rewards would come. Barden played a massive role in the second goal as the centre-back found himself in the opposition box. A neat turn was too much for a Duxbury defender and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot after Barden had been felled. Leonard converted the spot kick to give Kendall the advantage again. Kendall looked to have wrapped up the points when Johnny Kilpatrick got in behind the Duxbury defence and calmly finished to make it 3-1 with seven minutes remaining. Duxbury reduced the deficit almost immediately, however, when an in-swinging corner was bundled home. What could have been a nervy finish was avoided when Leonardıııs quick free was carried into the area by Chris Pearce and the central midfielderıııs shot had enough on it to beat a Duxbury goalkeeper who had pulled off some excellent saves throughout the game. Steve ıııWoodworkııı Wallace managed to hit the post yet again during the match, and he turned in a superb performance in the holding midfield role, while Dennis Cunningham rolled back the years with some magnificent deliveries from the flanks. Next up for Bardenıııs boys is a trip to Weston next Sunday to face early pacesetters Rovers FC.

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 3

Kendall A 3-1 The Playwright FC: After a disappointing 4-2 loss against First Wave last weekend, Kendall A were eager to produce a more worthy performance on Saturday against The Playwright FC at Madison Park High School in Roxbury. The As were anticipating a difficult encounter as Playwright were the last team to beat them during the 2013 season. The loss to Playwright came in early September before Kendall won their last eight games on the way to claiming the BSSL Division 1 title. All this gameıııs goals came in the first half, with Kendall taking an early 2-0 lead courtesy of Taylor Gorman and Dave Sheehan. Playwwright reduced the deficit, but Declan Hunter responded to make it 3-1 to Phil Keaneıııs charges. With the wind at their backs in the second half, Kendall created a number of scoring chances. However, they couldnıııt add to their tally.

Kendall B 2-2 Cambridge Arsenal: Kendall B came within a whisker of notching their second win of the BSSL Division 2 season but had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Cambridge Arsenal. The Kendall started well out at Danehy Park and were looking dangerous without creating any clear-cut opportunities. Midway through the half, however, Tyler Cox stole the ball off a centre-back and ran through on goal. His initial effort was well saved but Tyler managed to cross the rebound into the box for Phil O'Driscoll. With the goal gaping, Phil somehow put the ball over the bar. Cambridge Arsenal seemed to grab the initiative as the half progressed, and they took the lead with a well-taken breakaway goal after Kendall lost the ball in midfield. It remained 1-0 at the break, but Kendall started brightly in the second half and pressed Cambridge Arsenal into the mistake that led to the equaliser. The CA defender left a back pass short after being pressurised by O'Driscoll and Phil latched on to the ball to poke home past the advancing keeper. Kendall continued to play well with Hicham Boulam and Pierre Dyer in impressive form. Hicham then won a penalty for Kendall after beating several players while running into the box. O'Driscoll duly slotted home the spot kick to give Kendall the lead. Unfortunately, Kendall could not hold onto the lead. A last-minute long throw-in was not fully cleared by Kendall, and the CA attacker found the corner of the net for his second of the game. A disappointing end, but much encouragement for the games ahead.

Greater Lowell United 1-0 Kendall C:The only blip of the weekend befell the Kendall C side as they slipped to their first league defeat of the season when they went down 1-0 to Greater Lowell United at Chelmsford High School. It was a harsh loss for Nathan Leeıııs troops, as they were more than deserving of at least a point from what was an entertaining clash. The key moment came seconds after the interval when Kendall lost concentration on a set piece and allowed a Lowell player enough room to curl a marvellous shot into the top corner. That setback stunned Kendall for a few minutes, but they slowly took control of proceedings and dominated the final half hour. Lowell were put under incessant pressure, and they needed their goalkeeper to produce heroics to keep Kendall at bay. Carl Ashley went very close to equalising from both a free-kick and open play, and Jarrod Burton brought the best out of the Lowell stopper when the Kendall wingerıııs point-blank effort was somehow repelled.

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Weekend Summary: Round 2

After a good win against Blackbeard FC in their BSSL Division 1 opener a week ago, defending champions Kendall A were undone by First Wave in Marlborough on Saturday. The first half was an even enough affair. First Wave, who finished runners-up in the league last season, opened the scoring after half an hour, but Dave Sheehan responded less than a minute later. Kendall struggled after the break, as they failed to perform with their usual pace and guile. They conceded twice before Tim Prior responded to make it 3-2. First Wave defended deeper to protect their narrow lead, but still managed to hit the Kendall net once more before the final whistle. A disappointing day for Kendallıııs best, but they will have the chance to bounce back next week against Playwright FC.

Kendall B started the game well and looked to be in control of proceedings of this BSSL Division 2 clash. New players Hicham Boualam and Pierre Dyer were settling in nicely as Kendall looked to create chances for Jonah Fontela up front. A spanner was thrown into the works though when Chris Scearbo was given a straight red card for a tackle deemed reckless and over the top. Despite the sending off, Kendall continued to control the game. Mark Cotton had the best effort on goal, his long range shot was saved awkwardly by the Gunnersııı goalkeeper. The only chance for Gunners was when a sloppy pass from the otherwise excellent Colm Caffrey was latched onto by the Gunners forward and only a great save from Evan Weagle in goal kept the game scoreless. The second half didn't start well as a through ball from Gunners caused confusion between Kendall defenders and Weagle in goal. The Gunners striker was able to reach the ball first and slam home to give Gunners the lead. Kendall chased the game and came close to an equaliser on several occasions. Jonah and Pierre had the best chances, but it wasn't to be for the Bs.

The Kendall C side got their BSSL Division 3 campaign off to a positive start by overcoming PAC Lawrence 2-1 in a BSSL Division 3 clash in Roxbury on Saturday afternoon. Nathan Leeıııs troops fell behind midway through the first half, but crucially levelled matters on the stroke of half-time. Shea Leonardıııs low free-kick was flicked on at the front post by player/manager Lee and centre-back Justin MacFarlane was on hand at the back stick to apply a decisive finish. Despite playing with the wind at their backs, Kendall struggled after the break and had to rely on a number of superb saves from Steve Gage, who not only looks like a youthful Gianluigi Buffon but can perform like the Italian goalkeeper as well, to stay on level terms. The turning point in the game came with just under 20 minutes remaining when Kendall winger Javier Arnez was put through on goal only to be upended by a PAC Lawrence defender. The referee had no hesitation in issuing a straight red card for the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity. And the visitors were hit with a double whammy when left-back Darren Skehan unleashed a thunderbolt of a free-kick into the top corner to give the Kendall the lead. There hasnıııt been a strike like it seen since John Arne Riise was in his pomp, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx8tMiaNawI PAC Lawrence went in search of an equaliser but couldnıııt find a way through a Kendall side who enjoyed fine performances from Arnez, Abdullah Dow and Alex Mazzotta. The Kendall side displayed excellent discipline against their aggressive opponents. That aggression led to frustration in the closing stages as a second PAC Lawrence player was dismissed - this time for lashing out at Kendall right-back Josh Higgins.

Kendallıııs Over 30 B side suffered their first defeat of the OTHSL Division 4(S) season as they went down 6-1 to Peru Sport in Stoughton. Lar Bardenıııs charges were slow to come out of the blocks and paid the price for some indecisive defending when Peru Sport took the lead midway through the first half after the ball had pinballed around the Kendall box before it was stuck in the net. The Kendall responded well, however, and dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half. That dominance was not converted into goals, despite the best efforts of Tim Boomer who hit the crossbar, and Kendall were guilty of some more sloppy defending in the lead-up to Peruıııs second goal shortly after the interval. Kendall pulled one back almost immediately from the restart when new recruit Chris Pearceıııs driven effort from 25 yards could only be parried by the Peru goalkeeper and Steve Wallace raced in to lash the rebound into the roof of the net. Peru restored their two goal advantage shortly afterwards with a vicious shot to the top corner that left Kendall stopper Fred Barney with virtually no chance of stopping it. Kendall rallied again, however, and both Wallace and Pearce hit the woodwork before striker Johnny Kilpatrick almost pulled one back when he met a terrific cross from Boomer at the far post. It just wasnıııt to be the Kendallıııs day and as they chased a goal they left themselves exposed at the back and Peru hit the back of the net three times in the closing stages. 6-1 was certainly not a fair reflection of the balance of play, however, and Bardenıııs men will be looking to make amends when they host Medfield in Roxbury next weekend.

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: Kendallıııs 2014 AGM

Sixteen hardy souls made their way to Dorchester on a seasonally cold February afternoon last Sunday for Kendall Wanderersııı 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 OıııToole (outgoing President) and Brian McCormack (outgoing Treasurer) that the clubıııs 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 Finnanıııs Public Relations report outlined how the clubıııs 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 pageıııs rise coincided with the fall of the clubıııs 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 nativeıııs efficient monitoring of proceedings would have put a German CEO to shame.

Once the election of club officers began, John OıııToole 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 Treasurerıııs 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 Skehanıııs 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 ıııtoughest job in the clubııı.

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