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Everton Game 1 2009

Only a few days after the season had finished, twenty four excitable Toffees fans turned up at Goodison Park ready to run out in front of their friends and family and strut their stuff on the hallowed turf.

Thursday 21st May 2009
Everton Home vs Everton Away
Goodison Park
Game 1
KO: 10.30 AM
Legends: Pat Nevin
Match Officials: Alan Butler, Matthew Butler, Mark Murphy and Mike Southern

The pitch was kindly given a pre-match soaking by Mother Nature, helping to get the playing surface nice and slick before the sun broke through just prior to kick-off. The players emerged from the dressing rooms looking excited and eager to get on with the match and the game certainly began at a decent tempo. It took all of a few minutes for the first heavy challenge; Gary Allman from the away team sliding in on home captain, David Murray close to the half way line.

The opening goal arrived shortly afterwards when the home side broke down the right of midfield, the ball was then crossed in causing panic in the away defence, Dave O'Reilly tried to clear the danger but only managed to put the ball into his own net (1-0). In the 12th minute the away side were awarded an indirect free-kick inside the box after a pass back was picked up by goal keeper, Neil Wilson. Dale Young tapping the ball for Gerard Powell to hit a right foot shot into the roof of the net (1-1).

It didn't take long for the home side to re-establish their lead however as 3 minutes later they broke from their own half, the ball was crossed in from the right finding Andrew Chambers peeling away from his marker just outside the box - he controlled the ball on his chest then let rip with a fierce right foot finish past the despairing Robert Richards (2-1). Directly from the re-start the away side levelled for the second time - Dale Young once again the provider, sliding a delicate pass through the home defence for Barry Parr to run onto and hit under the onrushing keeper (2-2).

The opening exchanges hadn't given any clear indication of which way the match would go but it was the home side that took the lead for the third time in the 25th minute; Andrew Chambers benefitting from a poor back pass by Philip Widdowson to steal possession and fire a right foot finish past the keeper for his second goal of the game (3-2). A minute later and it was (4-2) - the home side robbing possession in the away half and Robert green running clear, his right foot shot was well saved by the keeper, but the ball spun up and was headed in to the empty net by Andrew Chambers for his hat-trick.

The home side were rampant by this stage and it took only a couple of minutes for them to get their fifth goal of the game - Kevin Thompson providing the pass through the defence this time and captain David Murray racing clear before hitting a low right foot shot inside the right hand post (5-2).

The match seemed to settle down a little after five terrible minutes for the away team and in the 34th minute the away side looked to have been given a lifeline back into the match when they were awarded a penalty for a trip on Barry Parr. Parr stepped up to take the penalty but hit a tame effort right at the keeper. Two minutes later and that miss seemed even more costly as a right wing cross by Andrew Chambers found David Murray at the back post - his header back across the keeper finding the back of the net (6-2).

As the half drew to a close the home side further extended their lead; they were given a free-kick on the right of the area, Daniel Attridge curled it in towards the centre of goal where Iain Stiles  was totally unmarked leaving him with a simple header (7-2).

Half Time: Everton Home 7 - 2 Everton Away

The second half was only minutes old when the away side were presented with their first chance to get back in the match; a free kick was given for a blatant foul right on the edge of the area, it was inches from a being a penalty. The chance was wasted when the effort was directed right at the keeper. Straight up the other end the home side almost got themselves another goal; a poor kick out from the away keeper landed at the feet of David Murray who was around 45 yards from goal, his attempted lob going up and over the keeper then crashing off the bar before rebounding to safety.

In the 58th minute a corner for the home team was taken from the left, it found its way to Mark Rowland just outside the area, who promptly curled a brilliant left foot shot over the keeper in to the far right corner of the net (8-2). The match was end to end at this stage, the only difference being reflected in the score that showed the home side to be much more proficient in taking their chances.

Andrew Chambers grabbed his fourth goal in an impressive display in the 66th minute; a right footed cross was put in from the left wing by number nine, David Murray, and Chambers snuck in front of his marker at the back post to head home (9-2).

The home side were quickly running away with the victory by this stage, but the away team were showing plenty of fighting spirit and refused to lie down. In the 78th minute they got the reward for all their hard work, Lee Robinson stealing possession near the half way line then sliding a nice pass through for team mate, Ben Ward, who ran towards goal before hitting his shot low past the keepers' right (9-3). Within minutes the deficit had been further reduced, this time the goal scorer Ben Ward turned provider, taking advantage of some casual defending to feed an easy pass through for captain, Dale Young. Young ran towards goal and slotted to the keepers right (9-4).

The final whistle was fast approaching but the away side were now enjoying their best period of the match; with five minutes left they scored a goal that would have been a fitting winner had the scores been closer. Coming in off the right wing the stand in trialist got the ball onto his left foot and from fully 30 yards out hit an absolute belter into the top right corner (9-5). Football Aid Ball

Full Time: Everton Home 9 - 5 Everton Away

Home Team: Wilson, Rowlands, Husband, Attridge, Thompson, Bransford, Green, Murray, Stiles, Chambers, Burdett, Hobson

Away Team: Richards, Widdowson, Bradbury, Allman, Young, Robinson, Powell, Parr, O'Reilly, Ward, Allman, Kershaw

Mascots: Joseph Hobson and Luke Young

Man of the Match (Home): Kevin Thompson
Man of the Match (Away): Lee Robinson
Moment of the Match: Neil Wilson