Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 2 - 1 Peabody F.C.

Match Statistics

Connolly Park, Peabody, MA
Kickoff Time:
5:30 pm
Pitch Conditions:
Bumpy with no lines
Team Lineup:
Ger, Nick, Andy, Mile, Noel, Phil, Dave, RB, Yooki, JK, Paul
Mick, Aaron
Team Formation:
Goal Scorers:
Man of the Match:
RB. Cracking run for the first goal and superb goal to finish the game that will surely be up there for goal of the season.

As the evening sun set on a baseball field in the outer regions of Peabody, the Kendall contingent finally found themselves facing what most believed would be a stroll in the park against lower league opposition. Peabody FC lining out in the Chelski blue, appeared to have picked up every lad in the town who could kick a ball with a sideline full of able-bodied warriors. In direct contrast, you had a Kendall sideline with the bare 11+2 and at kick-off the figure of Mick Murphy still strapping up the ankles and Mr Bair were looking on.

A brisk start to the game saw more than a few chances fall to Kendall front line..JK missing a guilt edged chance, a nice ball through from the middle saw RB break the offside trap and sprint through 1 on 1 with the keeper, JK followed behind and a neat pass from RB to take the keeper out of the equation. Surely a Kendall goal, but no the defender got back to stick the boot in and edged it narrowly past the post for a corner. The play was getting hectic, the middle was a battle field with the Kendall unfortunately being 2nd to most balls. This gave Peabody the chance to gain some useful possession to start some decent attacks. Luckily, Andy and Mick McCormack were in good form and assisted by the nippy Nick Sze and Noel Coffey, most of their attacks came to stop before they began. A string of corners for the opposition saw their best chances, the Kendall failing to compete and allowing a few efforts drift narrowly past the bar and uprights. Ger when called on was also there for the important stops. The pendulum was starting to swing Peabody´┐Żs way as the first half drew to a close. To make matters worse Andy was on the end of an awkward fall, and had to be carried off meaning the Kendall had the bare 11 to get through the rest of the game. A few more Peabody attacks followed, with the Kendall got down the wings well only for a poor final ball saw the first 45 finish up. 0-0 at a half time, Kendall had the better chances but needed to pull their socks up in the 2nd half to get a result from the game.

A half time team talk from the Trinity of Canny, Coffey and Garvey. With a few battle ready words from Captain Mickey Mac and the Kendall finally had the urgency they needed to take the game to Peabody. The first 20 minutes of the 2nd half was all Kendall. RB, Dave and Aaron battling in the middle and supplying great ball to the wings, where Yooki and Phil were starting to show their magic. Any time the ball did make it to the back line. Mick and Mike where there to clean up with able assistance from Noel and Nick. These balls from the middle and the wings where starting to grind on Peabody and more and more chances fell to Kendall..JK missing a couple of sitters and Paul on the end of a few that just didn't quite find the back of the net. Finally, the deadlock was broken when a nice ball from Nick Sze at the back found JK in space in the middle. RB made a smashing run down the right wing and the ball was played into his path while he got in behind the defense. RB took it on and after some neat dribbling on the terrible surface ripped a shot across goal keepers was stranded and Peabody defender could nick it while JK came in on the back post to finish it off. 1- 0 Kendall. 20 minutes of great play well rewarded. With Peabody visible rocked, Kendall piled on more pressure and again some great work by the wingers and fantastic through balls from the midfield could just not be converted by the strikers. As Kendall missed their chances to kill the game off, Peabody's heads rose and launched a few quick counter attacks with the Kendall back 4 playing high up the pitch. One such counter attack with 10 mins to go resulted in a corner. The ball was played in from the left and big Mongo from the back glided through the Kendall defense to head one just inside the near post. Nothing the goal keeper could have done but plenty the Kendall corner organization committee need to think about. Leaving a man open at the top of the box and to walk to a free header on the near post is criminal...The Kendall response was heartening, again we drilled forward and even with the 11 men behind the ball tactic of the Peabody, a few chances presented themselves where the strikers should have done better. A blow of the whistle by the ref and the 2nd half was over, extra time awaited...

Kendall looked a little ragged after the 90 mins with only 12 healthy players, while Peabody in contrast had the luxury of changing men in and out during the whole 90. With Chekski fresher for extra time, Kendall knew they needed to get the golden goal quickly...step up RB. Less than 2 mins into extra time a ball from the back by Mick found RB running to the far right corner by the corner flag...followed by 2 defenders RB used his witchcraft to blind both defenders and toddle around them...similar magic followed as he was bearing down 1 on 1 with the keeper and drilled it right footed inside the near post...a truly fantastic effort and well worth the entrance fee paid by the Peabody supporters. Ref blew it up...Kendall march on to the next round of the cup to face a much sterner test in Spartak.

Great play at times, was offset by a severe lack of urgency for most of the first half. If we are to win anything this year this complacency needs to eliminated from our game.

By: Jonathan Kelliher

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