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Kendall Wanderers C 0 - 5 Eagles FC

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BSSL Division Three
Medford High School
Kickoff Time:
45 Degrees and Cloudy
Pitch Conditions:
Premium Turf Field
Team Lineup:
Matt Wallace, Scott Jepson, Mike Curley, David Weibe, Mike Carolan, Dean Regrut, Simba Pasipanodya and Gordie Smithheld, Nick, Jarrod Burton, Collin Flaherty
Ben Chamas and Michael Queenan
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Kendall C’s defensive ghosts returned to haunt them - The side came out the worst of a tough on-the-road encounter against league high flyers Eagles FC on a crisp Halloween weekend morning at Medford High School. The away team were in desperate need of result to put their 8–game losing streak to bed, and in the process, to earn any points that would help them claw out of an ever-more precarious relegation situation. However, despite a spirited start, Kendall connived to let in 2 soft goals and leave themselves with mountain to climb at the break, before 3 clinical second half finishes by the Eagles frontmen condemned the C team to a 5-0 drubbing.

Kendall C lined in a 4-5-1 formation that featured Matt Wallace in goal, and a back four of Scott Jepson, Mike Curley, David Weibe, and Mike Carolan. Dean Regrut, Simba Pasipanodya and Gordie Smith held the fort in the centre of the park with Nick and Jarrod Burton on either flank, while Collin Flaherty led the lines in a lone role up front. Substitutes Ben Chamas and Michael Queenan refreshed the line-up in midfield and at the back respectively. In the reverse fixture at Ceylon Park in June Kendall were perhaps a bit unlucky to find themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline. They began brightly, playing with the same confidence they showed in that earlier game and were more than a match for their more illustrious opponents, with Dean in a particular putting in combative performance in the centre of the park. He was at the centre of things when the Cs tested the Eagles goalkeeper in the opening minutes and won a corner which they unfortunately did not put to good use. The back four were confident and impregnable and the opposition barely carved out a chance in the opening 20 minutes of the game. Dean, Jarrod, and Nick in particular were in great form retaining possession well and setting up Kendall in dangerous positions. It seemed as if for once the team would banish its demons and come away with a result. But Kendall soon shot themselves in the foot again with poor marking and Eagles, themselves on a 7 match winning run, were more than happy to oblige with two quick goals. Minutes later the away team had a penalty shout after Nick was manhandled by the last defender in a break-away, only for the referee, who otherwise had a good game, to waive play- on. At half time, with a score of 2-0, one could be forgiven for thinking that Kendall would throw in the towel.

However, after the break, Kendall again began very competitively with strong spells of possession. Jarrod and Nick in particular looked very dangerous on the wings and in support Colin up front. The midfielders Simba, Dean and Gordie were often involved in slick movement and passing. Matt in goal was in fine form defying the laws of physics with four breathtaking saves in quick succession, and kept the team within a goal of a fighting chance. Sadly, for all their efforts, Kendall never seemed likely to create a decent goal-scoring chance, and the opposition soon grew into the game again. Eagles pulled further ahead courtesy of a well-worked team move and a stellar finishing header. That was the coup de grace and it took the wind out of Kendall’s sails. To add insult to injury, defensive stalwart Mike Curley was lost to injury after he came out second best in a mid-air collision, and was left nursing a dead leg. The re-arranged back four could do little to prevent and the home team making it 4 and 5 with another good team goal, and a brilliant solo effort by their star midfielder number 78.

In the end, it is fair to say that the better team won but the 5-0 scoreline was certainly harsh on a dogged Kendall side that gave it their all against a team within touching distance of promotion. Kendall can take heart from the performance, and hope that a repeat of the same will yield better results in their final two games of the season as they fight tooth and nail to beat the drop.

By: Simba Pasipanodya

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