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Norwich City 2009

Less than 24 hours after the first eleven took on Reading, an ecstatic 24 fans donned the Canary colours and stepped onto the hallowed turf for the 2009 Football Aid event. Albeit looming relegation, the fans were upbeat as they met their team mates in the changing rooms, and headed out to play in the last Norwich City game at Carrow Road of 2009. 

Tuesday 28th April 2009
Norwich City Home vs Norwich City Away
Carrow Road
K.O: 1.00pm
Legend: Daryl Sutch
Match Officials: Nigel Warnes, Ralph Morris, Richard Owen and Keith Greensides

The game began well with some neat play from both sides, however it was the Away team that began to exert the early pressure. In the 3rd minute, Matthew Walker was played through on goal, only to watch in vain as his attempted lob over the keeper missed the target.

Moments later, the Away team had another shot on goal, this time very much on target. Unfortunately for them, this was well tipped over by the Home keeper, Craig Duff. 

As the half continued, the Home team were coming more into the game and on 38 minutes a great move down the left resulted in the ball being played into Captain Stacey Hayfield. However just as he was pulling back for the shot, a defender nipped in and cleared the ball.

Five minutes before half time, the ball was crossed in by the Away team and Timothy Skerritt tried to clear the danger, but the defender only managed to divert the ball directly at his own goal, forcing a fantastic save by the Home keeper, Craig Duff, who kept the match goalless going into the second half.

Half Time: Norwich City Home 0 – 0 Norwich City Away

The second 45 minutes saw the Home team dominate the early proceedings. In the 67th minute, a high ball was played to midfielder Dean Hurren, who controlled the ball over his marker and shot at goal, only for the shot to go high and wide!

The Away team were coming into the game more and more and were rewarded for their improved play by opening the scoring one minute later. The goal came after a Steven Thompson long-range effort was well saved by Craig Duff, the ball then falling at the feet of Away striker Nigel Guest, who gratefully slotted in the opener.

Far from being discouraged, the Home team began to make life more difficult for their opposition, with midfielder Andrew Coleman forced into a great clearance off the line from one of many attacks.

The pressure eventually told a few minutes before the end when Home striker, Louis Florentin-Lee, curled a shot over the keeper and into the net to level the match and force a penalty shoot out.

Full Time: Norwich City Home 1 – 1 Norwich City Away

Penalties:

Mark Payne scored the first penalty for the Away team before a succession of great saves, frustrating misses and one penalty hitting the bar (Ian Howell) meaning that after 9 penalties taken the score remained only 0-1 to the Away team. That meant that Andrew Coleman stepped up, knowing that if he scored the away team would win the match… cool as you like he slotted it into the net.

Result: Norwich City Home 1 – 1 Norwich City Away
                (Away Team win on penalties,  2 – 0)

Home Team: Duff, Howell, Sutch, R. Skerritt, T. Skerritt, Hayfield, Howes, Roberts, Hurren, Florentin-Lee, Cohen.

Away Team: Pugh, Wardley, Payne, Spanton, Thorpe, Coleman, Walker, Guest, Thompson, James, Pevreall, Metcalf.

Mascots: Alfie Roberts, Benjamin & Michael Spanton and Jamie Coleman.


Man of the Match (Home): Craig Duff
Man of the Match (Away): Mark Payne
Moment of the Match: Andrew Coleman