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Kendall Wanderers 'C' 0 - 2 Phoenix Landing

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BSSL Division Two
Field #3, Danehy Sports Complex, Cambridge, MA
Kickoff Time:
Perfect football weather
Pitch Conditions:
Mostly dirt with a clump of grass here and there to divert the ball
Team Lineup:
Tim Finley, Ronan Kilbride, Eammon Fitzgerald, Johnathan Law, Michael Queenan, Seamus Dromey, Mike Curley, Dave Weibe, Sean Kelly, Alan Dalton, Mawuli Nyaku
Team Formation:
Goal Scorers:
Man of the Match:
Weebee, the player formerly known as Dave Weibe
Eamonn Fitzgerald
Ronan Kilbride

After a cruel postponement of their first match of the season, Kendall C looked to kick off their trip to the second division in style against the Phoenix Landing Gunners, who were nearly promoted to the first division last year.

With a few players missing, the gaffer made a few lineup changes. Tim took up his usual spot between the pipes, with Johnny, Ronan, Queenan, and Eammon in the back. Weibe and Sean started in the middle, flanked by Seamus and Curley, with Alan and Mawuli playing up front. Ready for action, the substitutes were Giles, Killer, Dean, Tony, and Colin.

Making their debuts for the club were Mike Queenan, Sean Kelly, Alan Dalton, and Colin Hamel, while Mawuli made his Kendall C debut after transferring from Kendall B.

From the first whistle, it was apparent that the Gunners were quite fit and ready to attack, especially down the middle. After sustaining a few early attacks, Kendall settled down and regained composure, looking to work the ball through the midfield. Just as things began to settle for Kendall, Phoenix won the ball in their offensive third. As Kendall scrambled to recover, a Gunners’ midfielder sent in a cross turned shot from the right corner of Tim’s box which enigmatically deposited it itself in the far top corner. One nil Phoenix.

As Kendall strained to settle the game down and create some attacking opportunities for themselves, they were soon to be stunned again by a second goal. A bullet of a corner was sent in from the right side by Phoenix and turned into the net by debutant Colin for an own goal. Two nil Phoenix with a half hour gone. Throughout the rest of the first half, Kendall began to construct some passing movements, but were unable to create any clear chances on goal.

After an uplifting half time chat, Kendall came out with a fresh attitude, looking to make an early statement. Especially fired up was Eammon, who found himself in three squabbles in the first five minutes in his bid to let Phoenix know that their right side was not to be passed through without having some sort of physical pain inflicted. Oddly enough, it was a phantom slide tackle which caused little harm in which Eammon received a booking for.

Just as Kendall had become organized from front to back on defense and had instilled a Terry Butcher-esque in their challenges, the killer blow to their hopes came from yet another impulse booking from the referee. As Ronan charged out of the back to bravely win a 50-50, it was decided instantaneously by the official that Ronan had raised his elbow in a bid to shatter the opposing players' face. As the red mist descended upon Ronan and the opposing midfielder walked away unharmed, pulling level with Phoenix proved to be a hurdle that Law’s men would not be able to clear.

With over a half hour left to play, Kendall looked the more unlikely to score, but played with guts and refused to concede a second half goal. With little chance to provide any balls over the top, Kendall was unable to let Mawuli show off his pace and put pressure on the Phoenix back four. Inside the last two minutes Mawuli nearly did break free but a last ditch effort by Phoenix preserved the shutout and sent Kendall home empty handed.

Next up an instant classic with Kendall B. No love lost on the pitch, but an event that will surely call for some pints afterwards.

By: Dave Weibe

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