Kendall Wanderers enjoyed a generally successful weekend with all five sides involved in games full of goals and incident.
The B team secured arguably the most impressive and important win as they came away from the Thayer Academy South Campus in Braintree with a 4-0 result against Cambridge Arsenal.
The Bs hit the ground running and goals from Jonah Fontela and Dave Clifford had them comfortably in the lead at half time. Further goals from Chris Scearbo and Fontela made sure of the three points and gave Wanderers the perfect start to a defining week.
Next up for them is a midweek game versus Groton House at Pine Banks Park in Melrose. If all goes well for Kendall there, it would set up a possible BSSL Division 2 title decider against MIT at Danehy Park next Saturday.
There will be no BSSL Division 1 title for the A side this year, but their season is far from petering out. Phil Keane’s men were also in action at Thayer Academy on Saturday morning, played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with The Playwright FC.
Six goals were scored in the C team’s BSSL Division 3N clash with Essex 2012, but unfortunately five of them were on the latter’s side of the ledger.
Abdullah Dow put the Kendall ahead early on with a superb free-kick, but a succession of errors left the C side trailing 4-1 at the interval. Their cause wasn’t helped when Lawrence Wasajja was sent off midway through the second half, but they managed to restrict Essex to just one more goal to see the visitors to Danehy Park seal a 5-1 win.
Sunday morning proved a successful one as both Over 30s sides registered vital victories.
The A side led the way with a nervy 3-2 win over FFC at Danehy Park. The As were cruising at 3-0 at the break following goals from the prolific Fontela, Ash Hosny and Derrick James.
However, the loss of Fontela and James at half-time weakened Kendall’s hand and FFC struck twice to trail by just a goal with 20 minutes remaining. Kendall required some resolute defending and some luck, and both were in abundance as Aidan Finnan’s charges clung on to earn all three points.
The B side also endured a difficult time before seeing off South Coast Spartans 5-3 down in Fairhaven. Two first-half goals from Justin Teman had Kendall in control, but the concession of two goals and the dismissal of Mike McCormack for deliberate handball swung the pendulum in the Spartans’ favour in the second period.
Kendall dug in, however, and two goals from the magnificent Tim Boomer allied with a late strike from Tomislav Zovko helped the B side maintain their push for honours in NEOTHSL Division 5S.