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Crystal Palace 2010

Tuesday 4th May 2010
Crystal Palace Home vs Crystal Palace Away
Selhurst Park
Kick Off: 5:30pm
Match Officials: Gordon Manning, Steve Worsley and Andy Vincent

The Away team opened the proceedings but it was the Home team that started brightly when just after 2mins right back Gary Jones crossed the ball allowing Brendan Broom to nearly head the ball home. Broom clearly thought his effort had crossed the line but he need not have worried, as the clearance fell to his fellow team-mate Jon Lillywhite at the edge of the box who drove the ball into the back of the net with a well executed first time effort (1-0).

6 mins later and the Home team would have doubled their lead if it wasn't for the linesman's flag. James Creedy's free-kick from the edge of the box took a deflection off the Away wall allowing Mark Ross to continue his run past the defence and place the ball past the keeper. It wasn't to be for Ross with an offside decision from the official which was certainly debatable!

The Away team's first chance of the game came from a long range effort from the No 10 Phil Jarman, but his strike sailed well over the bar, not troubling Nick Enright in the Home goal.

The Home team continued to play good football and increased the lead when goal-scorer Lillywhite played a decent ball over the top allowing Broom to hassle Away centre-half Peter May. Broom continued to pressure May before winning the ball inside the box and easily passing the ball past Tom McDonald for the second goal of the evening (2-0).

Only moments later, the Home team got the 3rd when a goal-kick taken short resulted in May playing a poor pass straight across box to his opposing striker Brendan Broom, who calmly placed the ball into an almost empty net (3-0).

The Home team were clearly high on confidence and this was showing. A long ball forward from Gary Jones to Joe Szwed allowed the No 8 to set up striker James Creedy, who blasted home from close range, for his second and his team's fourth goal of the game (4-0). 

For the fifth goal it was Gary Jones again who was involved. The right back made a lovely run up-field and after linking up fantastically with Mark Ross in the middle of the park fired home from six yards, leaving McDonald with no chance of stopping it (5-0). Jones certainly milked his celebration, pointing towards his goal-scoring boot while being mobbed by his team-mates.

Thankfully for the Away team their opposition only managed one more goal in the first 45 mins. Wayne Barber's lovely looping ball over the top allowed Broom to nod the ball down before chipping the ball past the keeper's outstretched left glove and into the net. A well deserved hat-trick for the hard-working striker Broom (6-0).

Half Time: Crystal Palace Home 6 - 0 Crystal Palace Away

The Home team got the game underway for the second 45 and within 1 minute had increased their lead to 7 when a lovely ball through the middle allowed Broom to skip around the keeper and place the ball in the back of the net (7-0).

Despite the scoreline the Away team looked a lot more threatening than they did in the first half. The first chance for them came from an edge of the box free kick by Kevin Smith but his effort could only sail past Enright's left post. They continued to pile on the pressure and within minutes Martyn Benfield's effort forced Enfield to make an excellent save which rebounded out for Gary Jones whose close range strike seemed destined for goal but Enfield again pulled of a fantastic acrobatic save.

The Away substitutions seemed to be making a real impact for their team however for Home substitute John Windsor his first impact on the game wasn't as desirable. With less than 10 mins into the second half Away winger Kevin Smith swung a cross in from the right and with the hope of putting it behind for a corner, Windsor found himself hammering the ball into the corner of his own net (7-1). 

Moments later and the Home team drove forward again, looking to restore their 7 goal lead. Broom gathered the ball on the left side of the field before cutting inside and swinging a cross towards Kyle Williams. Williams controlled well just inside the box and struck a brilliant volley past the keeper (8-1). A wonderful moved capped with a wonderful finish, take a bow Kyle Williams.

Williams' first goal of the game was excellent but his goal to follow was magic, a moment of sheer genius from the young midfielder. Christopher Giggs initiated the move with a pass from the centre circle which found Williams through on goal with no defenders in sight, it would have made sense for the No 14 to close in on McDonald, but with no hesitation Williams sweetly chipped the ball first time with his left foot from outside the area, then watched it fly over the keepers head before nestling perfectly in the net (9-1). Surely a contender for Football Aid's goal of the season!

The next goal was yet again for the Home team when Mark Ross played a long ball forward to Williams who touched it inside to Giggs allowing him to slide a through ball to Lillywhite, who closed in on the goalkeeper before firing below the goalkeeper into the net (10-1).

The game neared a close but the Home team refused to slow the pace. James Creedy took advantage of a fine long ball from Steven Diggory to increase the lead by even more. Creedy got the credit for the goal which he easily put past the keeper but plaudits had to go to Diggory for a long distance pass which was inch-perfect and truly sublime (11-1).

(The following match information is not featured on the DVD footage and was provided by the scorer himself!)

With 10 mins to go Kyle Williams rounded off the match in style with his hat-trick goal, collecting a through ball from the Home striker before slotting comfortably past McDonald in the Away goal.

Full Time: Crystal Palace Home 12-1 Crystal Palace Away

Man of the Match Home: Brendan Broom
Man of the Match Away:
Kevin Smith
Moment of the Match:
Kyle Williams  

Home Team: Nick Enright, Gary Jones, Steven Diggory, Wayne Barber, Jonathan Hinton, Mark Ross, Joe Szwed, Brendan Broom, Christopher Giggs, James Creedy, Kyle Williams, Keith Greenhead, John Windsor, Jon Lillywhite

Mascot: Henry Barber

Away Team: Tom McDonald, Derek Miles, Peter May, Steve Walder, Ryan Cunningham, Kevin Smith, Daniel Tipping, Luke Tyrrell, Phil Jarman, Matthew Tyrrell, Gary Jones, Jordan Glossop, Eric Lamb, Martyn Benfield

Mascot: Oliver Coleman Smith