After a disappointing loss to Carlisle in the cup, Kendal were looking for revenge when they set off on Saturday morning.
Kendal started well and pressed Carlisle back into their own half. Time after time the visitors breached the home side’s D, but try as they might they could not put the ball in the goal. Kendal earned themselves a flurry of penalty corners, such was their dominance, but still the back of the Carlisle net escaped them. Finally, Phil Conlin threaded the ball through the maze of defenders to find Ayrton Boyd at the back post. Boyd calmly lifted the ball over the diving keeper to give Kendal the lead. The home side hit back almost immediately though, ending a frustrating half for The Greens.
Half time- Carlisle 1 – 1 Kendal.
The second half started well for Kendal. Straight from the push the away side passed the ball around the back, into midfield and eventually Aaron Screen found Boyd at the back post once again for his second of the match to finish a great team goal without Carlisle even touching the ball. After more Kendal pressure Carlisle broke quickly and equalised once again. Despite continued dominance, The Greens could not break down the home side’s defence again. John Stanworth and man of the match Liam Derome continually rampaged down their respective wings, but the finish always seemed beyond Kendal’s reach. Sensing the visitors growing frustration, Carlisle pushed another man up front and with Kendal throwing everything forward, the home side pounced and scored three goals in the final five minutes of the match.
Final score- Carlisle Men’s 1s 5 – 3 Kendal Men’s 1s.