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Liverpool Game 2 2009

Thursday 28th May 2009
Liverpool Home vs Liverpool Away
Anfield
Game 2, KO: 2.30 PM
Legends: Howard Gayle, David Fairclough, Brian Hall and Jim Beglin
Match Officials: Alan Butler, Matthew Butler, Mark Murphy and Carl Rees

The match started at a frenzied pace with both teams clearly pumped up for the occasion, things settled down after the first few minutes as the initial adrenaline subsided and it was the home team that took control of the opening exchanges. Indeed, the game was only 3 minutes old when the home side grabbed the lead; David Hutchison pouncing on some slack defending, driving toward goal before his scuffed effort found its way to Deepak Sharma, his left foot shot comfortably into the back of the empty net (1-0).

Moment's later and home legend, Howard Gayle, was showing everyone his ability with a delightful floated pass from the left of midfield over the last defender for David Bagnall to hit a first time volley, his right foot effort going high and wide.

The home side were in full control at the beginning of the match and in the 17th minute they increased their advantage; Paul Baker hitting a looping pass from just outside the box towards the back post for David Hutchison who leapt above his marker and headed inside the left hand post (2-0). Two minutes later and it was the same players combining - this time a fantastic cross from wide right of midfield found Hutchison again at the back post, his header back across goal was well saved by away keeper, Gareth Lack.

That missed opportunity proved to be a turning point in the first half as within a few minutes the away side had got themselves back into it - captain Ian Twiss latching on to a header forward and bustling his way through two defenders before squaring the ball to his right for Jimmy Murray, Murray rounded the keeper before slotting the ball home (2-1).

The away side were playing much better now and finally getting into the match, it therefore came as a slight surprise when it was the home team that scored the next goal - it arrived in the 25th minute, David Hutchison running into the penalty area to the left of goal before shaping his body to shoot with his right foot, his shot deflecting off a defender and squeezing in at the near post (3-1). The match was very open by this stage and it was end-to-end stuff now, with both keepers being kept busy.

With 10 minutes to go till the break Howard Gayle ran from a central position out towards the right wing, past a few challenges before coming inside, playing a one-two with a team mate, receiving the ball back outside the box and hitting a first time left foot shot that sailed narrowly wide of the right hand post.

The away team got the reward for their fighting spirit in the 37th minute when Derek Twiss intercepted a pass near the home penalty area, ran through a gap in defence and hit a left foot shot under the keeper that crept in off the right hand post (3-2). The game was very nearly level at half time - just moments before the whistle blew Paul Rice stole the ball and shot with his right foot, missing wide of the left post.

Half Time: Liverpool Home 3 - 2 Liverpool Away

The second half began in almost a reverse of opening 45 minutes with the away side having the better possession and pressing the home team back inside their own half. In the 52th minute they had a great chance to level the scores; Jimmy Murray latched onto a long ball downfield, and running clear of the defence he shot early with the outside of his right foot, the attempt was well caught by Geraint Jones in goal.

The away side were certainly dictating proceedings and they were having a lot of success down the left; in the 65th minute Sean Conaghan cut in from the left wing, skinned a defender on the edge of the box then shot hard with his left foot, missing wide of the right hand post. In the 71st minute they created yet another chance from the left hand side, this time it was number nine, Ian Twiss, that missed the opportunity. Twiss was sent clear just left of centre, he ran towards goal before steadying himself to shoot, scuffing his shot wide of the left post.

In the 77th minute the away team finally got a much deserved equaliser; captain Ian Twiss ran past his marker left of goal, cut the ball back into the centre past the stranded keeper and Sean Conaghan got between two defenders to hit the ball into the net (3-3). The game was finely balanced now and the crowd were making their support clear from the stands. The home team earned a corner in the 80th minute; the ball was put in by Paul Baker from the right flag and met by the head of Anthony Grice - his effort was going directly towards the bottom corner before Gareth Lack pushed it wide and the defender on the post hacked it clear.

Almost straight from the clearance the away team broke up the other end; Ian Twiss flicking the ball in front of Rob Dore who had run from defence, only an aware Geraint Jones stopping them from scoring. The away team didn't have time to rue their missed chance though as moments later Ian Twiss was racing clear down the left, Geraint Jones had come miles off his line and Jones shot left footed past the keeper into the empty goal (3-4).

In the 87th minute the away side created two opportunities to secure the win - first, Paul Rice being played in down the right, he ran at goal but saw his shot well blocked by Geraint Jones who had come off his line; then the ball was worked back in from the right and squared for Rice in the centre of goal who's first-time shot was scuffed wide. Football Aid Ball

Full Time: Liverpool Home 3 - 4 Liverpool Away

Home Team: Jones, Green, Gibbs, Thorpe, Broderick, Baker, Hutchison, Sharma, Khan, Bagnall, Arnold, Grice, Roberts

Away Team: Lack, English, Hapgood, Conaghan, Mills, Rice, Sharma, Twiss, Twiss, Murray, Mills, English, Webber, Santaana

Mascots: Zain Khan & Sean English

Man of the Match (Home): Robert Thorpe
Man of the Match (Away): Ian Twiss
Moment of the Match: Geraint Jones