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Kendall Wanderers 0ver 30s B 6 - 1 Norfolk FC

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OTHSL Division Five
Gonzalez Field, Dedham
Kickoff Time:
Pitch Conditions:
Team Lineup:
Lar Barden, Ryan Hilton, Mark Montgomery, Jeff Sanders, Martin Langley, Noel Coffey, Omar Sam, Tomislav Zovko, Collie Hamell(capt.), Johnny Kilpatrick, Dennis Cunningham
Gerry Daly, Andrew Scheufele, Brian McCormack, Todd Radford, Jimmy Gordon, Zakhar Razumovskiy,Steve Wallace,Stig Bjornebye
Team Formation:
Goal Scorers:
Johnny Kilpatrick(2), Colin Hamell, Monty, Noel Coffey(2)
Andy Scheufle, Ryan Hilton, Gerry Daly
Man of the Match:
Gerry Daly

And so yet again the organism that is Kendall Wanderers underwent another phase of Mitosis to give life to the Kendall Wanderers Over 30s B team. Thus on a sunny Spring morning in Dedham the Over 30s B played their first official game of this or any season. The stage for this debut was Division 5 of the OTHSL and the venue was the bobbliest pitch in Massachusetts also known as Gonzalez Field in Dedham which makes up for it's abundance of moguls with a nice proximity to Denis' house. Over 30s B supremos Johnny and Brian had assembled a healthy squad consisting of Kendall stalwarts too slow for over 30s A, cricketers, knack kneed goalkeepers and Kendall legends coming out of retirement. Comprising the whole of that last category was the late (not really), great (really, really) Gerry Daly donning his Kendall boots (sneakers actually, he forgot his cleats) for one last shot at glory (insofar as Division 5 of the OTHSL can provide). The opposition was Norfolk FC and they would provide the first hint as to the standard awaiting the Bs this year. A couple of rousing speeches kicked the season off delivered by the management team and Captain Collie exhorting the team to go out and enjoy themselves and the fledging Kendall team responded in kind dominating the opening exchanges.

Wearing the changed Kendall white strip, presumably to ease the transition for the cricket lads, Kendall attacked with gusto putting considerable pressure on Norfolk with Omar in particular providing a touch of class the opposition found difficult to deal with. Some good early balls into the box exposed weaknesses in a disorganized back line and a keeper who struggled to find other than Kendall forwards with his goal kicks. It seemed like only a matter of time before Kendall superiority would manifest itself on the scoresheet and then the unthinkable happened. A poor ball across midfield (you're lucky I don't remember who you were) was intercepted and the Kendall rearguard was exposed as Norfolk broke and released their striker on goal. A kindly bobble sat it up nicely for him and from outside the box he floated a fine finish over a despairing Lar the quality of the strike giving the diminutive Kendall keeper no chance.

The goal took the wind out of the Kendall sails and raised the question, would Norfolk be able to hang on and cause an upset for the rookie Kendall team. The answer was resounding… Norfolk-ing way! The goal served only to agitate the Kendall team as they laid siege to the Norfolk area. Twice in the space of 10 minutes Kendall shook the frame of the goal Omar striking the crossbar before moments later lacing a perfect through ball to Johnny who just failed to convert. Kendall wide players Denis and Colin teased cross after cross into the area, Noel getting on the end of one but the keeper spread himself well to block. Eventually the pressure paid off and yet another cross into the area found the head of Johnny Kilpatrick to score the inaugural Kendall Over 30s B goal. Another would soon follow as Collie Hamell ghosted into the area to put Kendall in front.

Kendall were in their comfort zone now with good performances all throughout the side despite the difficulty the surface posed in getting the ball down and playing football. Lar dealt with what little threat Norfolk posed comfortably and bombed goal kicks with precision down into danger areas. Todd on as a sub gave em a torrid time with some mazy bobble defying dribbles and great end product into the box. Jeff and Martin formed a comfortable partnership at the back with Jeff's composed performance belying the fact that his football career is merely weeks old. And then on came Gerry and with his entrance any hope of a Norfolk impact disappeared as he devoured every attempt they made to make inroads into Kendall territory. Gerry's intelligent passing from the back gave greater threat to the Kendall going forward and eventually more goals followed. Andy Scheufle pinged another great ball into the area and Noel stooped to glance it in the corner, 3-1 Kendall at the half.

After the break Kendall kept turning the screws and a glorious 50 yard pass from Gerry put Johnny clean through and one on one he cooly lobbed the keeper for his second and Kendall's fourth. Kendall smelt blood and more goals were to follow with Collie's hard work causing havoc in the opposition area before the ball broke to Ryan who squared to give Noel the simplest of tapins at the back post. The icing on the cake arrived from another set piece as Monty rose to power a header in to cap a fine performance at the back. All that was left at that stage was some shameless hat-trick chasing as Johnny jumped the subs queue for 5 minutes of self indulgence. His maiden Kendall hat-trick never materialized but his managerial debut was a resounding victory for a Kendall side that might just enjoy this 5th division after all.

By: Noel Coffey

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