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

Weekend Summary

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.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Weekend Summary

Kendall A 1-2 First Wave: Whatever hope Kendall A had of retaining the BSSL Division 1 crown was dashed on Saturday when they were edged out 2-1 by champions-elect First Wave. Despite each side creating decent chances in the first half, the interval was reached in this top of the table clash at Lancaster with no goals to show for an entertaining opening period. First Wave took control of the fixture after the break, however, and were 2-0 in front by the time the 70th minute was reached. Pat Day pulled one back for the Kendall, but Wanderers were unable to land an equaliser. A draw would have been of little use to Kendall in truth, as that still would have left them six points behind First Wave with a game more played. Although hopes of league glory may be gone, there is still a chance the As could land silverware in the BSSL McKenzie Cup. They are scheduled to play a semi-final in late October.

Kendall B 4 - 2 Boston Gunners: Kendall B got their promotion bid back on track with a comfortable win in the cold and wet surroundings of a deserted Lancaster. Kendall took the lead inside the opening five minutes of this BSSL Division 2 clash. Hisham Boualam hit a magnificent through ball behind the defence for Chris Scearbo to run onto and the latter kept his composure to round the keeper with a dummy and slot home. Wanderers dominated the early exchanges, with Colm Caffrey winning what seemed like every ball in the midfield and Hisham spraying the ball around the field with great technique. The domination led to a second goal when Scearbo got behind the defense and rounded the keeper once more. Kendall kept pushing forward, with Derrick James, Jonah Fontela and Gabe Reich causing the Gunners' defence all sorts of problems with their neat interplay. Dave Clifford came on and nearly added to his Kendall account when he was played through but his attempted lob was miscued. Towards the end of the half Kendall lost their composure somewhat and Gunners benefited from a ricochet in the box to pull back a goal. Otherwise the reshuffled back-line of Brian Mozeleski, Dennis Brosnan, James Canny and Ethan Bates was looking very assured. 2-1 at the half. Kendall started the second half brightly again, with Hisham dictating the play in midfield. He then picked up a knock and had to come off to be replaced by Rafael Macabral. Rafael continued the good work and Kendall began opening up the Gunners at will. It was his inch-perfect cross for Jonah to add the third. Johnny Crowley broke down the right wing after some more great midfield play and his cross was turned in by Dave Clifford at the front post to make it 4-1 to Kendall. More chances came and went, with Jonah nearly grabbing his second, but the fifth goal proved elusive. The Gunners pulled one back with 10 minutes to go but Kendall closed out the game well to jump back to second in the table.

Kendall O30 B 3-2 Portuguese United: Kendall B took a firm grip of second place in the NEOTHSL Division 5S table after this squeaky-bummed win at Dedham yesterday morning. Lar Barden's troops are traditionally slow starters, but they were quick out of the traps for this one and built up what looked like an unassailable 3-0 lead by half-time. Striker Justin Teman bagged himself a brace, while Mike Curley also made a welcome return to the scoresheet. Conceding two goals early in the second half made life very uncomfortable for Wanderers, but they managed to keep Portuguese United at bay for the rest of the game and secure the all-important three points. A back to the walls victory it may have been, but Kendall now hold a five-point advantage over third-placed Portuguese United. It would look now to be a two-horse race, and the challenge is to reel in pacesetters Club Recordacoes De Portugal. The Fairhaven outfit still have a 100% record, and enjoy a two-point lead over Kendall with a game in hand.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Weekend Summary

Kendall A 7-1 Blackbeard FC: Kendall A got back on track after last week's defeat to MPS by recording a resounding 7-1 victory over Blackbeard FC at Danehy Park on Saturday afternoon. Despite the final scoreline in this BSSL Division 1 encounter, the first half was a tight affair played in light rain at the North Cambridge venue. Kendall controlled possession in the early stages, but Blackbeard's solid defensive formation made it difficult for Wanderers to break them down. But the Kendall did lead at the break thanks to a superb 20-yard shot by Sean Kaukas. If Blackbeard were happy with their first-half rearguard action, they were unable to replicate it after the restart as Kendall hit them for three goals in just 10 minutes. Francis Mulkern, Ben DS and Kaukas (his second of the game) made it 4-0 and put the game well beyond the visitors. Blackbeard were unable to stem the tide, and further goals from Todd Shigo, Tim Prior and Robbie Sabadoz put Kendall in seventh heaven. Evan Weagle had another impressive game between the posts for Kendall, but he was denied a clean sheet when Blackbeard pulled one back with a tidy finish five minutes from time.

Milford Lusitanos FC 3 - 1 Kendall Wanderers B: Kendall B made the long journey out to Lancaster for a vital BSSL Division 2 game against Milford Lusitanos FC. Milford were third place in the table at the start of the day, two points behind second-placed Wanderers. The opening exchanges of the game were very even affair as both sides looked to pass the ball around and get control of proceedings. Kendall welcomed back Austin Britt from the A team, courtesy of a transfer deadline day signing. Austin kept things ticking over nicely in midfield, with Colm Caffrey and Gabe Reich also impressing in the engine room. Kendall were soon opening up the Milford defence. Both Chris Scearbo and Andy Muir were getting in behind the Milford full-backs with ease. On one occasion, Andy was clean through on goal but his effort was well saved by the goalkeeper. Chris then sprung the offside trap to race clear. He showed great composure to coolly square the ball to Dave Clifford for the latter to notch his second goal of his fledgling Kendall career. Andy had another effort which just went wide of the post, the all-important second goal proving elusive. Milford grew into the half as their tactic of long balls over the top to the pacey striker started to cause Kendall some problems at the back. One such long ball was misjudged and the Milford striker found himself clean through on goal. He finished off the chance to punish the lapse in concentration. Kendall gifted up another opportunity to the Milford striker, but he somehow put the ball wide of the post. Kendall stopper John O'Toole was then called into action to make a terrific save from a one-one-one situation. Kendall looked shaky at the back in truth, with the early-season defensive resoluteness sadly missing. 1-1 at the half. The second half started very evenly again, with both teams looking dangerous in attack. Unfortunately for Kendall, it was Milford with the lion's share of possession. Another innocuous ball over the top caught the Kendall rearguard napping and Milford showed the clinical finishing missing from the Kendall attackers. 2-1 to Milford now. Clifford had the chance to equalise for Kendall when he was put through on goal, but he ended up turning into trouble rather than taking the strike early. Apart from an indirect free-kick, Kendall struggled to create any more clear-cut chances. Milford went on to score a third, another very preventable goal as the defensive woes continued for Kendall. The victory sees Milford leapfrog Kendall in the table. Wanderers do have a game and 15 minutes in hand (the abandoned game against Druids FC accounting for the 15 minutes), but based on this performance there is no guarantee of putting points on the board. Next week's return to Lancaster to play basement side Boston Gunners is a must-win game if Kendall are to keep their promotion ambitions alive.

Kendall O30A 1-1 Taunton Eagles: The Kendall Over 30 As fought hard to secure a share of the spoils against Taunton Eagles this morning in Danehy Park. Kendall were missing several key players but were determined to put a stop to a run of two successive defeats especially after the frustration of a 2-1 loss to Southboro the previous weekend when Kendall felt they deserved a lot more from their early morning hike to Worcester. With defenders Steve, Donal, Daz, Neville and Nate all unavailable, Kendall were very relieved to have Matt Scheufele available to slide into center back alongside recently-returned Brian Mozeleski. Kendall started the game brightly with Gary Beatty and Shane McElwee getting on top in midfield and ensuring Kendall had the lion's share of possession without really threatening the Taunton defence. It was Taunton who took the lead though when a through ball down the Kendall left put the Taunton winger through on goal. He made no mistake with a great finish high to the back post past the advancing John O'Toole. The rest of the half was an even affair and Kendall were confident at half time that their possession would eventually pay off. The second half saw more of the same as the Kendall rearguard snuffed out numerous dangerous counter-attacks from Taunton who pushed for what likely would have been the killer second goal on the day. Jon Bexiga and Jeff Levering continued to impress in the full-back slots and ably supported Matt and Brian in the middle. All four defenders played the full 90 minutes due to the shortage of defenders on the day. Taunton did get behind the Kendall rearguard on one occasion with Johno making a vital one-on-one stop to keep the score at 1-0. With 80 minutes gone, Kendall manager Aido Finnan was about to throw caution to the wind and go with three at the back when the gaffer won a free kick himself on the edge of the back. Finnan took the resultant free kick and, while it was not his best delivery, it did work out as a Taunton defender was adjudged to have handled in the box, handing Kendall a lifeline. Up stepped the ever-cool Matt Scheufele to calmly slot home the equalizer. In a frantic last ten minutes, both teams attacked for the extra two points which they both felt they deserved but the referee's whistle blew to signal what was probably a fair result on the day. This was a very spirited Kendall performance. After a couple of disappointing losses, heads could have dropped after going one nil down again but instead Kendall continued to play some of their best passing football of the season as they patiently pushed for an equalizer. If the defending, possession and work-rate of today can be combined with a few more goals, better results are not far off in the second half of the Fall season. Man of the Match: Brian Mozeleski. Playing his second 90 minutes in less than 24 hours for the club, "Moses" made several last-ditch tackles even after sustaining a neck injury in the second half which prevented him from, er, turning sideways.

Dover-Sherborn Old Boys 1-5 Kendall Over 30 B: Lar Barden's troops are back on track in NEOTHSL Division 5S after a convincing win over Dover-Sherborn Old Boys. Chickering Playground has been a happy hunting ground for Kendall B of late, with a 4-1 victory recorded there last fall en route to claiming the Division 5S title. Justin Teman led the line with distinction yet again this morning, with the striker smashing in a hat-trick. Johnny Kilpatrick (with a self-professed "wicked first-time volley") and Tim Boomer (with a goal described by KILpatrick as less stunning) accounted for the other two goals as Kendall moved to second place in the table. The victory was marred somewhat, however, when Dennis Cunningham channelled his inner Ronny Rosenthal and conspired to miss an open goal. Some of his fellow elder statesmen have called on the Mayo native to return his Hall of Fame award for bringing such shame on the club.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Weekend Summary

Kendall A 1-3 MPS: The first team's hopes of retaining the BSSL Division 1 title were dealt a hammer blow by this defeat to MPS on Saturday. Despite the heat at Danehy Park, the two teams played excellent football with high intensity during the first half. There was no breakthrough, however, and so the score remained 0-0 at the break. MPS went in front early in the second half via a penalty, and a second goal few minutes later. Kendall pressed hard to get back into the game, and pulled one back when the ever-dependable Taylor Gorman hit the net. But the equaliser never came, and it was MPS who finished the stronger by adding another goal in the late stages of the game. A disappointing result for the As, and one that makes consecutive league titles an unlikely accomplishment. The Kendall are still in the cup, however, and so there is still a good chance of silverware being garnered.

LaGarra Mass FC 2-2 Kendall C: The last time Kendall C faced Uruguayan outfit LaGarra it was another Uruguayan who made the headlines following his nibble on Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. Kendall, like the Italians that day, came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline. Uncharacteristically, Kendall had only two subs, the rest either off leaf-peeping or unwilling to make the trek to Leominster. An uneventful first half saw the sides go in scoreless, thanks in large part to Neville Wall's marshalling of the Kendall back line. LaGarra had more of the ball, while Kendall sought to counter through Tony Deutschland & Lawrence Wasajja, both looking dangerous LaGarra hit the front foot early in the second, scoring a very Suarez-esque goal. The forward beat two defenders before coolly finding the side netting. Nate & Sean quickly went to three at the back, pushing makeshift centre-half Barry McShea into his preferred domain up front. The Mayo man might consider playing at the heart of defence more often based on today's display. Kendall began to exert some pressure, coming close through Abdullah Dow who was narrowly offside when he headed home. The pressure paid off when Ugandan wonder-kid Lawrence levelled for Kendall, showing great composure to slot home from close range, 1-1. Two goals in two weeks suggest even greater things to come this season from Wasajja. Ivan Reilly was again pivotal in midfield, seemingly covering every blade of synthetic grass. Abdullah showed a good understanding with the Navan man in midfield, linking up to good effect. Ben Kounaves showed flashes of what he's really capable of when he plays with greater aggression. LaGarra pushed men forward seeking to regain the lead, opening up space for the Kendall forwards. Free-kicks amassed in their favour as their combination of diving and berating the ref at every opportunity seemed the cow the man in yellow. Jon Bexiga & Isai Delgado worked tirelessly on the wings to support the lone striker. In defence, Steve Gage mopped up several attacks in a new sweeper-keeper role, giving the backline much needed relief. A quick through ball from Daz to Lawrence following a thwarted LaGarra attack saw Tony through on goal. On his first start for Kendall he made no mistake. Kendall ahead with 17 minutes left. Kendall struggled to keep possession as the legs and minds tired in the hot conditions, but thought they had done enough to fall over the finish line. Heartbreak at the death as LaGarra equalised with the penultimate kick of the game. The Uruguayans' diving antics finally paid off, winning the most dubious of penalties. 2-2, points lost to a late goal for the second week in a row might suggest there's some work to be done on the training ground. Kendall will need to quickly learn how to close games out if they are to move into the upper half of the BSSL Division 3N table. Man of the match: Lawrence Wasajja

Southborough United 2 Kendall O 30 A 1: Kendall A suffered a second successive defeat this morning going down 2-1 to old foes Southborough. Kendall went behind early in the first half in this NEOTHSL Division 2S encounter at Worcester Academy, conceding a sloppy goal. Poor marking for a Southboro corner allowed a deep running forward to jump unchallenged and send a header past the diving John O'Toole. It was a spirited Kendall performance and the Wanderers dominated much of the play, but the final precision ball eluded them and the game broke with Kendall still behind by a solitary goal. A brighter start to the second half saw Kendall push hard on 'Boro and high pressure from Abdullah Dow and Jonah Fontela had the Brazilians' rearguard nervously conceding possession. A break down the left, starting with star performer of the day Jon Bexiga, saw Jonah in a 50/50 with the Southboro full back. A meaty tussle left both on the ground but Jonah was up as quick as a flash to square a ball to Ben Sprayregen to slot home a cool side-footed finish. Kendall dominated the play again and had some wonderful chances to take the lead but just couldn't close the deal. This profligate finishing would be punished when Southborough rallied, and with Kendall failing to clear a ricocheting ball their centre-forward latched onto it and pulled out a wonderful finish past O'Toole. The kitchen sink was then thrown at 'Boro, but despite a finish which saw Kendall have three corners in the last minute the veterans just could find the coveted equaliser. It was hard to say the hosts deserved it, petty and mean-spirited as they were, but as the cars pulled out of the lot it was Brazilians carrying home the three points. Forlornly, Kendall carried only a bag of sweaty shirts and a case of what might-have-beens.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Weekend Summary

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 'keeper 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

Weekend Summary

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

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 O'Toole 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 it's 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 'keeper to stop. The second half was very much an even affair, but the best of the chances continued to fall Kendall's 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 didn't 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 Duxbury's 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 didn't give up and pushed to try and get something out of the game. They weren't helped by some ludicrous refereeing decisions, which were so bad that even the normally reserved Andy 'Dufresne' 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 week's 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 don't 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 side's 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 Hocine's 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 team's 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 Lee's charges must lift themselves and ensure that they secure all three points against basement side Commoners FC in a fortnight's time.

Medfield 2-1 Kendall Over 30 B: Kendall's 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 Medfield's protestations, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The defender missed the ball and there was definite contact, but the Kendall attacker's 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. Medfield's 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. Kendall's 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 Barden's troops a mountain to climb. Not that there was much wrong with Kendall's 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 visitors' 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. Kendall's fortunes weren't 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. Barden's 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 Wanderers' 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 International's 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 Teman's close-range finish should have stood. One of the standout moments of the opening period came when Kendall's 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 wasn't 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 Kendall's 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 Keane's 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 side's 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. Kendall's 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 they've had in BSSL Division 2.

Holliston 4-2 Kendall O30 A: Despite having its strongest squad of the season out against the OTHSL's 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 Holliston's rescue on numerous occasions, and their goalkeeper was in inspired form as Kendall were limited to Derrick's 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: Kendall's 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 lion's 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 striker's 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 hadn't 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 institution's 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 Lee's 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 Kendall's best chances coming from set pieces. Gabe Tobon came close to equalising when he met Tyler Flack's excellent corner, but the Kendall attacker's 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 Kendall's 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 season's 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 Leonard's quick free was carried into the area by Chris Pearce and the central midfielder's shot had enough on it to beat a Duxbury goalkeeper who had pulled off some excellent saves throughout the game. Steve 'Woodwork' 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 Barden's 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 game's 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 Keane's charges. With the wind at their backs in the second half, Kendall created a number of scoring chances. However, they couldn't 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 Lee's 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 winger's 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 Kendall's 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 Gunners' 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 Lee's troops fell behind midway through the first half, but crucially levelled matters on the stroke of half-time. Shea Leonard's 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 hasn't 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 couldn't 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.

Kendall's 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 Barden's 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 Peru's second goal shortly after the interval. Kendall pulled one back almost immediately from the restart when new recruit Chris Pearce's 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 wasn't to be the Kendall's 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 Barden's 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: Kendall's 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 O'Toole (outgoing President) and Brian McCormack (outgoing Treasurer) that the club's 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 Finnan's Public Relations report outlined how the club's 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 page's rise coincided with the fall of the club's 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 native's efficient monitoring of proceedings would have put a German CEO to shame.

Once the election of club officers began, John O'Toole 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 Treasurer's 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 Skehan's 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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