Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'A' 3 - 0 Eagles

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BSSL Division One
Progin Park, Lancaster, MA
Kickoff Time:
10 am
Pitch Conditions:
Team Lineup:
John O’Toole, Mark Smethers, Jerry Daly, Marcus Russell, Kieran Reid, Oscar Kelly, David Kelledy, Kevin Gorham, Matt Shuefele, Ian Sinclair, Ciaran Connolly
Shane McElwee, Paddy Curran, Donal Keane, Jonah Fontela, Matt Armstrong
Team Formation:
Goal Scorers:
Kevin Gorham, Matt Armstrong, Jonah Fontela
Ian Sinclair, Ciaran Connolly, Matt Armstrong
Man of the Match:
Marcus Russell
Ian Sinclair

On the back of the goalfest against Bukowski, Gumsy and his charges sought to put in a more convincing display against Eagles on a wet, dreary Saturday morning. Following the recent injuries to Barry Roche and yours truly, the backline was even more stretched as Gumsy assembled a makeshift defensive unit

Marcus slotted into centre half alongside Jerry, as Mark and Chopper showed their versatility slotting into left back and right back respectively. Fresh from his suspension (and an epic drinking session) Oscar started on the right wing, with the ever-reliable Matt Sheufele on the left.

Fresh from their exploits in the Itinerant Cup, David and Gumsy started in the middle. While their legs may have been tired from their match the night before, their arses were surely quite clean after 90 minutes of being licked by the notorious Bohemians Brown-noser Mark Stokes. It is rumored that he occasionally takes a break from writing farsical match reports to provide this service free of charge to anyone who plays for Bohs.

Kendall were in the ascendancy from the first whistle. Ian came close to connecting to a cross from Connolly, as Kendall sought to strike first. Both strikers looked dangerous from the outset, running at the opposition to good effect.

With his usual alertness and poise, Smethers intercepted an Eagles pass. Moving up the field he slipped the ball to Sinclair, who knocked in a cross to the box. It fell kindly for Gumsy, who steadied himself before directing it left-footed into the net. Unlike his previous ‘goal’ there could be no doubt as to who put the ball in the Eagles net. 1 nil to Kendall.

The few Eagles attacks were easily handled by the backline. Marcus looked very comfortable, snuffing out numerous attacks. Chopper was his usual self, tackling with typical determination. Smethers was seeing plenty of the ball, as Jerry and Marcus sought to play it wide. The rest of the half saw much Kendall possession. Jonah and Matt A provided reinforcement for the frontline, both looking very dangerous on the ball. But many squandered chances meant that at halftime Eagles were still in the match.

In the second half Kendall again dominated possession. Some neat passing between David, Connolly, Jonah, and Matt A lead to the latter being played through on goal. Matt clinically slotted the ball under the keeper into the net, and seemed quite happy with himself for doing so. 2 nil to Kendall.

Almost immediately an error in the backline lead to an Eagles striker being through on Johno. Paddy Curran, only on the field a matter of minutes, made a spectacular goal-line clearance, much to the joy of Johno.

Jerry came close to scoring on at least two occasions, but somehow fluffed them both. David, Connolly, and Shuefele all had decent efforts saved by the keeper. Oscar was putting in some great crosses, seeking to utilize Kendall’s height advantage over their opponents. Another neat exchange of passes saw Matt A play the ball to Jonah, who expertly poked the ball past the onrushing keeper. 3 nil Kendall.

In the dying minutes some mishaps at the back gave Eagles the chance to ruin Kendall’s clean sheet. Johno did well on numerous occasions, springing from his line to save. Paddy again came to the rescue, clearing a well-struck shot off the line. Shane came in to give Chopper a break from slamming his chest into his opponents faces at 90 mph, much to their collective relief.

A good performance all-in-all. All four strikers looked especially dangerous, passing to each other to devastating effect. The midfield was tireless as usual. David seemed to be everywhere, linking up with forwards and defenders. Gumsy constantly disrupted the opposition’s attacks, buzzing around midfield. Oscar, while not quite his usual self, was a welcome sight on the pitch. Shuefele showed his usual guile zipping up and down the flank. In an unfamiliar backline, Marcus looked very comfortable. Smethers and Chopper both improvised very well in their defensive duties. Johno did well in claiming his third clean sheet of the season.

Despite being on the field for a mere twenty minutes, Paddy Curran was almost a candidate for man of the match. Clearing the ball off the line twice and putting in some crucial tackles, he steadied the ship just things were getting sloppy. The award goes to Marcus however. He seamlessly slotted in, reading the game and spreading passes almost effortlessly. Stellar stuff.

By: Darren Skehan

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