Match Reports

Kendall Wanderers A 2 - 1 Cambridge Arsenal

Match Statistics

BSSL Division One
Veterans Field
Kickoff Time:
Pitch Conditions:
"Placky Mate Init"
Team Lineup:
Paul Valente, Jacob Ebb, Kenny McCarthy, Matty Scheuf, Bobby Picco, Ben Leavy, Ben DS, Philly Keane, Pat Day (Capt), Mo Keita, Mark Nolan
Norbert, Erik, Gregg, Wes
Team Formation:
Goal Scorers:
Norbert Guery, Philly Keane
Man of the Match:
Ben DS, controlling performance in the middle.

Kendall A secured their second win of the season defeating Cambridge Arsenal at their new home, Veterans Field in Waltham. This was an impressive win considering the the list of absentees, most notably the highly influential Decky 'best player in Boston' Hunter, who couldn't get the afternoon off pot washing at the Banshee. Kendall started quickly with a good chance to open the scoring in the early exchanges with Mo Keita pinching the ball off the defender, after a couple of exchanges the ball found its way to Ben Levy five yards out, who the sent the finish in to orbit.

Kendall continued to press creating numerous opportunities, Mark Nolan was too slow to react on a couple of occasions and seen chances go begging. Gregg Frechette went on a mesmerizing run beating a couple of defenders before hitting the post not once, but also a second time from the rebound. Pat 'Saint' Day found space in the middle, opened his body up and curled one from 25 yards which cannoned off the post again. Ben DS was also unlucky not to score with a couple of efforts, one which went narrowly wide after demonstrating sublime technique on the half volley.

Just when it looked like Cambridge Arsenal had got to half time level, the French wizard Norbert Guery pinged one from all of 30 yards out. Spotting the goalkeeper picking his nose in the middle of the net he smashed one in the top corner to give Kendall a more than deserved lead at half time.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Kendall dominating possession and creating chance after chance. The home team were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Ben Levy was brought down, for what in some countries may be considered assault. Pat Day also had a good chance to increase the lead going through one on one with the keeper, who pulled off a good save with his feet. Kendall got their second after Nolan found Philly 'the gaffa' Keane bursting into the box like a young gazelle. Keane's first touch was heavy and nearly took him all the way back to Dublin, luckily Mo was at the touchline to rescue and drove the ball back across goal with Philly continuing his run to tap into the open net.

Cambridge Arsenal managed to pull one back (but I cant remember what happened so we'll skip that). That shook Kendall up who looked to increase the lead and secure the win. Ben Levy lobbed the goalkeeper only to the see the ball hit the crossbar with no one following in. It has also officially been confirmed that Mark Nolan is suffering from severe 'Torres Syndrome' after fluffing another chance to score, this time hitting the post in the dying stages.

Kendall managed to keep their composure in the final minutes retaining the ball well in the midfield area to see out the game and secure their second win of the campaign.

By: Mark Nolan

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