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Liverpool Game 2 2010

The sun continued to shine on Anfield as two teams of highly excited Liverpool fans arrived at the famous old stadium eager to do well in the 2nd Football Aid match of the day. And there was a nice surprise in store for them all, with the late announced legends turning out to be Football Aid veterans and all time kop heroes Alan Kennedy and Jan Molby. Two of the finest players of their eras and top blokes as well! 

Friday 7th May
Liverpool Home v Liverpool Away
Game 2
Kick Off: 14:30pm
Legends: Alan Kennedy & Jan Molby
Match Officials: Alan Butler, Matthew Butler & Dave Menzies

The match started brightly with both teams keen to gain control of the game. The first scoring opportunity fell to the Away side with Edward Diamond sending a long pass on the deck past the defenders to Colin Hendry, who narrowly missed the goal just outside the left post. The next opportunity to take the lead was again given to the Away side when they received a free kick just outside the box. This was taken by Paul Cupit, but his kick was just over the crossbar.

The persistence of the Away side was soon rewarded as a brilliant bit of passing led to right midfielder, Ian Gould, sneaking past the home defence and smacking the ball at the home keeper, David Wiseman, who couldn't quite hold onto it and it trickled over the line (0-1). This setback didn't stop the Home side as they battled to keep possession, but wherever they went the Away side followed and more often than not they regained possession.

The Away side's domination continued as right-back Paul Cupit drove in from the edge of the box to beat two defenders and slide the ball past the keeper to put the Away side two goals up in the 7th min (0-2). With this less than desirable start the Home side put more and more into the game, keeping the ball down the Away end and putting pressure on the Home defence.

They Home side got their first chance soon afterwards with a brilliant pass past the defenders by Allison Thomas, to Matthew Morrissey who narrowly missed putting the ball in the top right-hand corner. Despite this the Away side managed another effort after a Home free kick, as Stuart Green sent the ball past the lone defender, to Nigel Ford who despite losing a boot had a crack at goal, with the ball bouncing off the right post!

The Home side responded however with such a narrowly missed goal that it would shake John Storey, the Away keeper. From an intercepted pass the ball was slid past the Away defence, who were caught pushing too far up, Matthew Morrissey collected and despite the pressure of an incoming defender, put the ball just over the keeper, hit the crossbar and seemed to bounce just over the line, but it was disallowed, a premonition of a similar disallowed goal by England's Frank Lampard's just over two months later...

Despite the high level of play coming from both sides it was the Away side that once again broke through the opposing defence. A short pass was sent through the defence to right back Paul Cupit who ran in out of nowhere to send the ball straight past the keeper once more. Who chose to put this man as a right-back?! With this the Away side were 3 goals up and it was looking grim for the Home team (0-3). With half-time only a few minutes later the Home side were unable to close the gap going into the break.

Half-Time: Liverpool Home 0 - 3 Liverpool Away

After half-time the Home team were determined not to let the Away side pull further away. Both sides were still full of energy and they both struggle to retain possession long enough to either further their lead or reduce their deficit. The Home side nearly managed to regain a foothold in the game when a corner presented Lee Jackson with the chance to get a header on goal but it rebounded off the post.

Unfortunately for the Home side they couldn't quite hold off the unstoppable force that was the Away team, Peter McNay increasing their lead with a well struck volley that went in off an unfortunate Home defender on 57 minutes. And they didn't stop there. Less than 2 mins later the Home side gave away a penalty for a hand-ball inside the box. This was duly blasted into the back of the net by centre midfielder, Edward Diamond (0-5).

With the Home side's spirit sinking lower by the minute, the Away side's Paul Santaana put a long pass through the home defence to centre forward Eoin Gubbins who went one-on-one with keeper David Wiseman and guided the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net (0-6).

Still not satisfied with a 6 goal lead, the Away team were still gunning for another goal and they continued to show great energy while putting pressure on the Home defence. And still the Home side resisted bravely having yet another shot at goal with Adrian Landers sending a long ball into the box which was sent trickling past the keeper by Matthew Morrissey and looked sure to go in until it was stopped just before the line.

Then in the 75th min, the Away side's Andrew Scott struck, the ball was worked upfield and made its way to Scott, who found himself in space down the left, the second half sub met it sweetly and the ball flew past the keeper to complete the scoring and send his side into 7th heaven! (0-7). Scott couldn't hide his delight, wheeling away in celebration and covering his face with his shirt Ravanelli style.

That was to be the last of the goal scoring action in what had been an excellent game for those watching on, the Home side battled hard but in the end despite all their efforts they couldn't get themselves on the scoresheet, with the Away team ending the game as highly deserving winners.

Full-Time: Liverpool Home 0 - 7 Liverpool Away

Man of the Match (Home): Darren Lock
Man of the Match (Away): Paul Cupit
Moment of the Match: Edward Diamond

Home Team: David Wiseman, Graham Clarke, Alan Kennedy, Darran Lock, Neil McCrudden, Adrian Landers, Allison Thomas, Jacob Pritchard, Shoab Khan, Dominic Rodger Tyler, Matthew Morrissey, Adrian Landers, Pete Marshall, Gary Monger & Lee Jackson

Away Team: John Storey, Paul Cupit, Jan Molby, Mark Hurford, Peter McNay, Edward Diamond, Ian Gould, Colin Hendry, Eoin Gubbins, Stuart Green, Nigel Ford, Andy Webber, Paul Santaana, William Reader & Andrew Scott

Mascots: Max & Molly Jackson & David Ford