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Southampton 2009

Southampton Home vs Southampton Away
Monday 11th May 2009
St Mary's Stadium
KO: 1.00 PM
Legends: Dave Puckett and Ruben Agboola

The sun was certainly shining on the south coast for the 2009 Football Aid charity match at Southampton football club. It was the ninth consecutive year that the club had teamed up with Football Aid, who's first ever match took place at The Dell.

Twenty six life-long Saints fans turned up to St Mary's excited at the prospect of playing alongside club legends Dave Puckett and Ruben Agboola. It took all of three minutes for the first chance to be created as both teams looked to settle early on - a long kick downfield by away keeper, Gavin Bailey, was chased by Mark Donoghue who stole in front of the defence and looked set to score before an improvised headed clearance from home keeper David Sheeran

The opening goal arrived in the 14th minute when the away team broke down the right, Tom Dickson whipping in a great cross that went over the head of team mate Mark Donaghue in the centre of goal and was controlled then hit high over the keeper by Steven Kneller at the back post (0-1). In the 23th minute the away captain, Martyn Barnett, ran from the centre of the pitch directly at goal, laid the ball off for Mark Donoghue who's first time shot was well blocked by keeper, David Sheeran near the edge of the box.

The best chance for the home team came just before the half hour mark; the ball was intercepted after a scramble in the box and from around 20 yards David Preston hit a left foot shot towards the top left of goal which was well caught by the keeper. The match had begun with the away side very much in control but as it moved towards half time it was the home team that appeared the likelier to score.

In the 34th minute the home captain, Ben Leslie, was sent clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat, Gavin Bailey raced off his line but completely missed his challenge leaving Leslie with an open goal. Unfortunately for the home side he couldn't get the ball under control in time and both the keeper and a defender got back to intercept. Moments later the ball was crossed in from the left by home legend Dave Puckett and it was Leslie once again who had the chance to score - his shot from 8 yards somehow tipped over by the excellent Gavin Bailey.

In the 38th minute the away side extended their lead, Tom Dickson showing great awareness to lay the ball off for captain Martyn Barnett to hit a right foot finish from outside the box low into the bottom right corner (0-2). The lead was extended further shortly before half time when Mark Donoghue raced towards goal, hit a shot early from outside the box which was saved by the keeper, he then hit the follow up shot, this time blocked by the defender, then Tom Dickson hit his rebound from 2 yards out and again the keeper saved, finally Dickson hit it over the stranded keeper and into the net (0-3).

Dickson grabbed his second goal in as many minutes when on the stroke of half time he latched onto a loose ball took it away from the last defender and past the keeper on the edge of the area before hitting it into the unguarded net (0-4).

Half Time: Southampton Home 0 - 4 Southampton Away

In only the second minute of the half the home team had a chance to get themselves right back into the match - a nice passing move down the right ended with a great cross coming in from the right touchline, the cross was met at the near post by David Preston who somehow headed high and wide of the target.

The home side finally opened their account in the 56th minute; the ball was played into the feet of David Preston just outside the box, he flicked the ball into the path of Ben Leslie on the right of the penalty area who's first time cross hit a defender and ricocheted off Chris Lavery into the net (1-4). The away side almost extended their lead in the 59th minute, captain Martyn Barnett driving forward from his own half after intercepting the ball then playing a nice slide-rule pass for Tom Dickson, his right foot shot excellently saved by David Sheeran who had raced off his line.

A minute later and Tom Dickson had his hat-trick; coming in from the left wing Dickson ran towards goal, played a neat one-two with Martyn Barnett on the edge of the box, receiving the return pass inside the area and hitting a low left footed shot inside the near post (1-5). The away captain, Martyn Barnett, was running proceedings at this stage and in the 65th minute he grabbed a deserved second goal for himself in spectacular fashion. He received the ball into feet on the half way line, casually flicked it past the last defender, ran towards goal then did the same to the keeper who had run from his line before latching on to the ball and placing it into the unguarded net (1-6).

The home team were showing their fighting qualities as the game wore on, trying their very best to get back into the match - in the 71st minute number seven Chris Bundy, tried his luck from 30 yards, his right foot shot was heading for the top right corner before Gavin Bailey tipped it over the bar.

David Sheeran was certainly proving his worth in the home goals - a corner to the away team in the 78th minute landing at the feet of Sam Hughes around 8 yards from goal, his powerful shot brilliantly saved by Sheeran. Moments later and it was Gavin Bailey showing everyone his shot stopping ability, saving a fierce long range effort from Chris Lavery with his legs. As the match drew to a close both sets of players looked to be showing signs of fatigue, the match was played out at a gentler pace.

Full Time: Southampton Home 1 - 6 Southampton Away

Home Team: Sheeran, Poling, Sheeran, Stephens, Smith-Dowse, Bundy, Harland, Preston, Lavery, Leslie, Bundy, Dowgill, Poling, Harland

Away Team: Bailey, Dean, Thomas, Pinchbeck, Kneller, Hughes, Chubb, Dickson, Southwell, Barnett, Faulkner, Birkett, Osborne, Weston

Mascots: Jacob Whittle & Hannah Sinclair

Man of the Match (Home): David Sheeran
Man of the Match (Away):
Gavin Bailey
Moment of the Match:
Martyn Barnett