Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'B' 1 - 2 Phoenix Landing Gunners

Match Statistics

BSSL Division Two
Lexington, MA
Kickoff Time:
6 pm
Dull, thunder threatening
Pitch Conditions:
Team Lineup:
Cian Kelliher, Nick Sze, Kenny McCarthy, Andy Lawless, Mick McCormack, Ray Kim, Rob McAuley, Dave Power, Mick Murphy, Jonathon Kelliher, Johnny Crowley
James Canny, Noel Coffey, Tyler, Matt Bernal, Chris Zura, Joe Regan, Paul Garvey
Team Formation:
Goal Scorers:
Dave Power
Jonathan Kelliher
Man of the Match:
Matt Bernal. For his passing and tackling in the middle of the park.

The thunder storms managed to hold off for Kendall B's first evening kickoff in Lancaster. The opposition, the much talked about 'Phoenix Landing Gunners'. This was a big game for the Kendall and a win would put them well on their way to topping the table.

Kendall lined out with there usual 4-4-2 formation but early pressure from Phoenix called for a change of tactics and an extra man being placed in the middle of the field. Kendall continued to soak up the pressure; the only chance coming their way in the early exchanges was a free kick from Rob just outside of the area.

There was an early scare for Kendall when the ball was played back to Cian Kelliher, who was the stand in goalie for the day. Under intense pressure Cian tried to clear the ball, only for the Phoenix forward to nip in first, calmness was restored however when Cian did very well to smother the ball on the second attempt.

Despite the pressure being opposed by the lively Phoenix Landing, Kendall continued to try and play the ball around in order to get a grip on the game. Eventually this lead to their down fall when the busy Phoenix Landing front man intercepted a pass in the Kendall defense, the keeper made himself big but couldn�t prevent a perfectly placed finish.

It was not long before the Phoenix Landing doubled their lead. The ball unfortunately broke to the Phoenix front man outside of the Kendall box and he took full advantage by firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Kendall rallied towards the end of the half. Matt was introduced from the bench and starting to get a grip of the game in the middle of the park. It was he who created Kendall�s best opportunity of the first half when he shot from outside the box, the Phoenix keeper parried the ball and an onrushing Chris volleyed the ball just inches over the bar.

Half time provided some inspiring words from Joe and Mickey Mac and the second half was a different story. Kendall started to play from the off, putting pressure on in all areas of the field. While Kendall pushed forward the defense was left exposed and Phoenix could of went further ahead when a runner from midfield latched onto a through ball only to fire just wide. JK was busy as usually playing in the lone striker roll and it was he that finally created an opening. JK after receiving the ball deep and seeing off a number of tackles played a perfect ball over the top, with the defenders closing in and the keeper coming to claim Dave managed to get a toe to the ball and lift it over the keeper into the empty net.

Kendall pushed desperately for the equalizer, returning the extra man to the forward line, while at the other end the defense were solid with Kenny and Andy taking care of business as usual. The goal was not to come and Kendall suffered their first defeat of the season. While loosing is never good there were some positives taken from the second half performance.

By: Dave Power

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