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Aston Villa Game 2 2010

The Villa fans arriving at the magnificent famous old Villa Park stadium could have been forgiven for thinking what could have been, with their match coming the day after the FA Cup Final that they had narrowly missed appearing in after a run to the Semis. However all thoughts of missed opportunities were banished to the back of their minds as they changed into their official kits and proudly walked down the atmospheric old tunnel onto the hallowed turf, ready to Live the Dream alongside club greats Tony Daley, Ian "Chico" Hamilton & Des Bremner.

Sunday 16th May 2010
Aston Villa Home vs. Aston Villa Away
Game 2
Kick-Off: 3:30pm
Legends: Tony Daley, Ian "Chico" Hamilton & Des Bremner
Match Officials: Adam Siniarski, Danny Bunce & Allan Kite

The Home team got the game underway but it was the Away team that made the real impact early on, grabbing an early goal to send out a warning to the Home team that this wasn't going to be an easy game. It was Mark Paintain who gathered the ball in the middle of the park and slid an inch-perfect pass through to Jono Murray who had made a run through the middle. Murray had a poor first touch and it looked like he had lost control, but with two defenders on his tail and the goalkeeper coming out he slid it right-footed past Matthew O'Regan and watched as it trickled towards goal, hitting the post and nestling in the net (0-1).

There was nearly an equaliser for the Home team when Tony Daley picked the ball up just inside his opponent's half, drove forward before cutting inside and hitting a shot from 20 yards towards goal. Richard Allen was on his toes however, and did well to save with his hands.

The Away team then increased their lead, this time from the captain Richard Leeson. No 9 Tony Tuohey was the architect, driving down the right side of the field, skipping over the on-coming defenders before playing a great cross to Leeson who made no mistake in firing home left-footed from inside the area (0-2). 

There was more bad news for the Home team as a third goal followed soon after for the Away team, and it was a goal which was followed by one of the most enthusiastic celebrations of the Football Aid season! Goal-scorer Murray had the ball out on the left before sending a searching ball into the middle of the box. The cross struck Craig Taylor who was back from midfield to help the defence, before falling to Mark Paintain who shot from just outside the 6 yard box, the ball ricocheted of the boot of Taylor and went in past the keeper (0-3).

It seemed like one way traffic now with the Away team fully in control of the game and a great individual piece of play from Keith Tully resulted in a fourth goal for his team. Tully stole the ball from Daley out on the left before driving into the area, shrugging of the challenge from Hobson before toe-poking it past O'Regan (0-4).

Half-time was approaching when Scott Whensley added to the scoring with a lovely lob from just inside the area. It was Paintain who played the ball forward to Whensley who had a cheeky back-heel past the defender before chipping left-footed over the keeper. O'Regan managed to get a hand to it but it wasn't enough to stop the centre-midfielder's celebrations (0-5).

Half-Time: Aston Villa Home 0-5 Aston Villa Away

The Away team got the second-half underway but it wasn't the start they had planned. A through ball was met by Adam Pearce whose shot was parried by Allen but the No 9 Steven Seatherton was there to restore some hope for the Home team by putting the ball into the empty net (1-5).

Not happy about losing their clean-sheet the Away team were looking to hit back and looked like they would have got a goal if it hadn't been for a fantastic save by O'Regan. The keeper made a sliding clearance but it only went as far as Ben Leeson who tried a dipping effort from 20 yards but it was tipped out for a corner by the outstretched arm of O'Regan.

This was very much a more confident Home team we were seeing in the second half; with the 4 second half subs all having an impact. However the Away team came close again when Whensley latched onto a through ball, but his shot rocketed high over the crossbar.

The game was turning into a battle in the middle third of the park now with both teams failing to really test the goalkeepers. There were a few half chances here and there but both teams seemed to be cancelling each other out in the final third.

A second goal finally came for the Home team and it was well deserved for the No 15 Jadon Silva who had been a real stand out this second-half. Wayne Batsford gathered the ball and drove forward before playing it inside to Silva; the tall defender then linked up excellently with Ross Clements before firing home a powerful effort from inside the box (2-5). 

The old saying; save the best till last certainly applied in this game, a real contender for goal of the season was the icing on the cake for the Away team. Leeson gathered the ball in the centre of the pitch and played it out right to Scott Whensley. The No 10 had already got his name on the score-sheet but from 30 yards he went for glory with a fantastic looping effort which sailed high and over the keeper, dipping into the net (2-6).

It had been a terrific second-half performance by the Home team but unfortunately for the boys in Claret and Sky Blue the Away team had the game won by half-time.

Full-Time: Aston Villa Home 2 - 5 Aston Villa Away

Man of the Match Home: Jadon Silva
Man of the Match Away: Mark Paintain
Moment of the Match: Scott Whensley

Home Team: Matthew O'Regan, Roberto Savage, Paul Hobson, Richard Townsend, Craig Taylor, Wayne Batsford, Michael Hipwell, Steven Seatherton, Andy Fisher, Adam Pearce, Jason Godfrey, Jadon Silva, Jonathan Dunn & Ross Clements

Away Team: Richard Allen, Neil Geeling, Darren Dalby, Mark Paintain, John Murray, Jono Murray, Phil Hetherington, Tony Tuohey, Scott Whensley, Richard Leeson, Andrew Cooke, Ben Leeson & Keith Tully

Mascot: Oliver Batsford