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Portsmouth 2010

Being a Pompey fan in 2010 must be like being on a rollercoaster ride to say the least. From the ups of FA Cup Final appearances to the downs of sitting adrift at the bottom of the Premier League after being docked points. Everything certainly seemed to be happening at Fratton Park this year, but despite the club's woes Football Aid were delighted to be able to host only our second event with the South Coast club. True to form the sun was shining when a selection of arguably the most fanatic supporters in England arrived to grace the hallowed pitch. And despite experiencing Wembley disappointment against Chelsea only a few days previously, everyone was in great spirits.

Tuesday 18th May 2010
Portsmouth Home vs Portsmouth Away
Kick-Off: 6:00pm
Legends: Paul Hardyman and Mark Chamberlain
Officials: Adam Hillier, Shelby Davis, Sam Ogles & Ian Winter

The Away team kicked off in the glorious sunshine at Fratton Park and it wasn't long until the opening goal was scored. It was the Home team that took the lead from a corner swung in to the box by Eric Lamb. The delivery was excellent and resulted in a scramble inside the box, the ball then came loose and Richard White swung the ball back across goal to the back post where it was headed into the net by the Away team captain, Barry Evers. It was a good header by the skipper but someone ought to have told him it was the wrong end! (1-0)

Determined to make amends for the own goal the team in White pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Creating chance after chance they came close on numerous occasions, forcing a goal-line clearance and some excellent saves from the impressive Calvin Holland. The equaliser came in the form of a header by Clive Pugh; an excellent run down the right side by Joel Sibley allowed the winger to deliver a searching cross which found Pugh at the back-post and the tall striker made no mistake in burying the ball between the posts (1-1).

Delighted with their equaliser the Away team continued to press and a few mins later took the lead through an amazing strike from No 10 Bradley Willis-Chambers. Craig New whipped the ball in from the left but legend Handyman cleared the initial danger however his clearance only went as far as Sibley who played the ball inside to Willis-Chambers. The centre mid skinned his opponent with a lovely turn before unleashing a fantastic drilled effort from 25 yards with the outside of his right boot. The ball flying into the top right hand corner (credit to the goalkeeper for getting a touch on the shot but nothing was keeping this out), a certain contender for Football Aid's goal of the season (1-2).

For the remainder of the first-half both teams bravely battled it out in the middle of the park with the Away team looking more dangerous, but Calvin Holland was on top form, pulling of a string of fantastic saves; one particularly notable save was when he got down low to somehow turn a close range effort from Sibley behind the post.

Half-Time: Portsmouth Home 1 - 2 Portsmouth Away

If the start of the second-half was anything to go by it was looking to be an end-to-end thriller. The Home team kicked off and straight away Nick Poling nearly put the ball in the net from a cross from out wide, but his searching effort went narrowly wide from just yards out. The Away team responded immediately when Reggie Willis found himself through on the keeper but his shot sailed wide of the mark when he really should have hit the target.

The opening goal of the half came shortly after when substitute Danny Young picked the ball up in the middle of the park then sent a lovely ball over the top of the defence. Clive Pugh latched on to it and rounded the keeper before passing the ball into the empty net for his second goal of the game. The defence were chasing back desperately to keep the ball out but without success (1-3).

The Home team continued to fight back and gained a lifeline when substitute Kevin Spence narrowed the deficit. Ewen Bonnyman drifted the corner in from the right-hand side and it was met by a perfectly placed header from Spence, sailing high into the keepers left corner, the No 17 had made his mark on the game almost immediately (2-3).

It looked like the Home team were sneaking their way back into this game but Bradley Willis-Chambers was the man who would put a stop to that. A throw in from Daniel Mellor allowed Young to touch the ball inside to the centre-mid who for the second time in the game struck from long range with the outside of his boot and watched it curve away from the keeper. Now two goals ahead the Away team were delighted; a second assist for Young and a second impressive goal for Willis-Chambers (2-4).

It really was game on here at Fratton Park with the Home team showing no sign of giving up without a fight. Wilkinson challenged in the centre circle and won the ball; Blocksage then played it wide to Ewen Bonnyman who slipped it inside to Richard White. The striker had great vision to pick out Bonnyman's run with a first time pass, the winger latched on to ball before closing in on goal and slotting a powerful effort past the keeper. It was a deserving goal for the Home team after such great teamwork (3-4).

Bonnyman was having a great game and nearly bagged the equaliser when he tried to lob Nick Enright from inside the box but his effort struck the crossbar and White was unable to score from the rebound. Only seconds later the woodwork took a beating again, White closed in on goal from the left but his shot smacked off the left post and went back in to play.

It was the Away team though that got the all important goal. David Hubbard played a lobbed ball up-field to Willis who chipped the ball over the head of Wilkinson to Danny Young. The left-winger then noticed Holland coming off his line to gather the ball and lobbed it over the head of the keeper and wheeled away in jubilation (3-5).

Again the Home team hit back almost immediately, it was clear that they were a strong team and they were determined to keep fighting. Kevin Watts picked up on a goal-kick and played it straight to Bonnyman who noticed Enright slightly off his line. The magnificent No 7 then floated a 20 yard effort over the head of the keeper and into the net; a great goal for Ewen Bonnyman, his second of the evening (4-5).

This game was completely end to end action now and straight from the kick off the Away team drove forward and won a penalty kick when Clive Pugh tried to round the keeper, Holland's outstretched arm tripping Pugh and bringing him to ground. It was Pugh that stepped up to take the spot-kick and he sent the keeper the wrong way to increase the Home lead to two goals (4-6).

The final nail in the coffin for the Home team came when legend Mark Chamberlain showed his ability with a darting run from the left back position. Approaching the six-yard box Chamberlain cut it back to Danny Young who stayed composed and slotted home from close range to kill off any idea of a Home comeback (4-7). This Away team were really on fire now and there was no stopping them!

The final goal of the game came for the clinical Away team and it rubber stamped a score-line which in the end was a bit harsh on the Home team, who to a man had performed extremely well. The ball was whipped in from a corner but Holland was unable to hold the cross, allowing David Hubbard to fire the ball into the net from close range (4-8).

Full-Time: Portsmouth FC Home 4 - 8 Portsmouth FC Away

Man of the Match Home: Calvin Holland
Man of the Match Away: Bradley Willis-Chambers
Moment of the Match: Ewen Bonnyman

Home Team: Calvin Holland, Gareth Beavis, Shane Wilkinson, Paul Hardyman, Feehan, Kevin Buckland, Ewen Bonnyman, Eric Lamb, David Ryan, Andrew Blocksage, Richard White, Kevin Watts, Nick Poling, Kevin Spence

Away Team: Nick Enright, Barry Evers, Karl DeGiovanni, Mark Chamberlain, Philip Thorpe, Paul Hubbard, Joel Sibley, Craig New, Clive Pugh, Bradley Willis-Chambers, Reggie Willis, David Hubbard , Mark Watson, Daniel Mellor, Danny Young

Mascots: Jake Holland & Thomas Siddall