Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers 'C' 1 - 4 Kendall Wanderers 'B'

Match Statistics

BSSL Division Two
Progin Park Field #12, Lancaster, MA
Kickoff Time:
Pitch Conditions:
Very good
Team Lineup:
Finley, Law, Corcoran, Taylor, Fitzgerald, Curley, Kelly, Weibe, Conlon, Sumner, Nyaku
Team Formation:
Goal Scorers:
Man of the Match:
Andy Sumner ( Match Reporter and MOM....hmmmmmm

After chartering the Kendall Wanderers Learjet and arriving in Lancaster, The C team, disembarked "Tommy D Number 1", adjusted their watches for the time difference and stretched their legs with a 3 mile walk to the furthest reaches of Citizens Bank fields. It was clear the manager of the complex had made a shrewd decision by putting this epic clash as far away out of earshot from the impressionable youngsters playing elsewhere on the premises. No soccer mum or dad wants to explain to 9 year old Alexia, what a "C**t" is and the proliferation and liberal use of the f word would make you think you where on a New Jersey dock, rather than in the back woods of a rural town enjoying a sunny day watching some association football. The fact that Rowan McFeeley and Gilesy where not present definitely helped diminish the shade of blue that the air would be turned but pitch #12 was not going to be a family environment, in fact the Tommy Doyle's Family Stand was pretty vacant as the players began to warm up.

There was definitely an air of apprehension hovering over the field as the B team and C Team looked to make history as they played each other in a meaningful fixture for the first time in the BSSL. Obviously, a lot was at stake, the C team looking to stabilize themselves in a new league against a team who knew full well what it takes to play and win in Div 2.

The C team, had to wait until Steve Taylor turned up from his business trip to Tokyo before getting the usual stirring talk from their enigmatic but jetlagged Captain. Steve set a new standard in pre-match attire and was impeccably dressed for a kick around with his mates on a Saturday. Steve's arrival had an air of Doug Mirrabelli returning to catch Shaky Wakey against the Yanks a couple of seasons ago and he arrived in just the nick of time and avoided the warm up.....

It was imperative the C team got off to a good start and large expansive and flat playing surface was going to make it perfect conditions for a tasty encounter with the B team. Noel Coffey is well known around the club for his tactical genius and his wisdom, as we all know, this was displayed in full effect during the Married vs Singles game, who else can change tactics so deftly from playing the ball on the deck, to launching it in the corners?, so the C Team knew they would face a side bristling with confidence and with a game plan.

Then disaster struck, after conceding a free kick, just inside their own half, the ball was floated in and JK out jumped the Kendall C defense and arched a looping header over the dive of Tim into the far corner. Like a kick in the gonads, but without the stomach ache, Kendall found themselves a goal down against the run of play and now had to get back to level terms. This goal, although did not dishearten, did disrupt the flow, and the B team came into the game and began spending more time on the edge of our box.

It wasn't long until the B Team doubled their advantage. With the C team throwing bodies behind the ball, they failed to clear the danger and the B team found themselves on the edge of the box with the C team rearguard out of position, a slide rule ball behind the back was squared and JK had an easy tap in to take his tally for the day to two. If the first goal was a kick in the stones, the second was a Winkle Picker style Italian Loafer to that bit right between the sack and the back door. The C team for all their effort and industry where suddenly two goals down and with a mountain to climb. The game began to open up, the C team pressing to get back into the game and space began to open up for the B team who now had a comfortable cushion. Mike Curley and Johnny Law continued to work well down the right and the 3rd Team showed great spirit to bring the game back to the B team who continued to play football that can be best described as short and concise; the total antithesis of this match report. Stoppers "fresh" from running the Marathon and a trip to Athens, looked a shell of his former self and clearly had some PMT; post marathon tightness. As R Kelly used to sing, "my mind's telling me Yes, but my body, my body is telling me No!".

But there is no quit in the C team and a life line was nearly handed to them when Tony pounced on a loose ball and swiveled to shoot just over, a goal just before halftime would have been deserved after a pretty solid display and the score line didn't really reflect the parity of possession and territory in the first half.

After a couple of quick commercial breaks and some halftime analysis with hairy handed Richard Keys and soul glow haired Chris Kamara, the teams returned for another 45 minutes. The C team needed to get back in the game and came out with intent and began to peg back the B team who where now happy enough to wait for their openings as they sat on their 3 goal advantage. Good periods of play and good shifts from Weibe and Killer brought extended pressure and Mawuli latched onto a loose ball and brought about a rare moment of confusion at the back and after winning a strong challenge involving the keeper and the center half, Mawuli calmly dispatched the ball into an unguarded net. A glimmer of hope.

Spurred on by the goal, the 3rd team began to look for the vital second goal that could really make a game of things. Andy Sumner whiffed on a first time effort that he normally dispatches, a half chance of sorts but still the critics would argue he was probably thinking about his wardrobe choice for the nights activities or perhaps which hair product he should using. Mawuli then raced clear, his pace taking him clear but his powerful left footed shot only found the side netting. So close, yet so far. The momentum was building as the 3rd team desperately tried to get back into things. Kenny and Mike McCormack stood firm at the back for the B team, Mike demonstrating the no nonsense style of play that he has become renowned for, in fact Mike has never seen an ankle he doesn't fancy and often wins both first and second ankles.

As the 3rd team surged on, the 2nd Team countered and when an innocuous ball was played behind the back four, the Kendall committed the type of mistake not seen since Heath Ledger found the keys to his medicine cabinet. As Johnny let the ball run across him, the B team forward ghosted in from nowhere, pick pocketed the gaffer and had the goal his mercy. The old adage, never play the ball across your own box is right up there with other old adages such as; look before you leap, if in doubt kick it out and never try and cut your pubic hair with kitchen scissors while your drunk. The proverbial nail in the coffin for the C team.

At 4-1 down, the outlook looked bleak for the C team, bleaker than the chances of Michael Vick becoming spokesperson for the Battersea Dogs Home and Vice President of the US Kennel Club. Although they put up a spirited display and lacked no measure of effort, the B team capitalized on opportunities that where presented to them and made the C team pay. Full marks to the B team lads who played the game in the spirit that was hoped far; hard and fair and good luck to them for the rest of the one fixture.

Despite the one sided nature of the score line, the C Team can take heart in the fact it wasn't that much of a one sided game. Errors cost them, but there was plenty to take away from the encounter and things look very promising for another epic battle in the second half of the season.

By: Andy Sumner

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