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Liverpool Game 2 2011

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 second Football Aid match of the day. And there was a nice surprise in store for them all, with the late announced legend turning out to be all time kop hero John Barnes. One of the finest ever Liverpool players! Steve Hollis and Mike Yates former Liverpool trainees and now youth academy coaches turned out for this glorious occasion.

Friday 20th May
Liverpool Home v Liverpool Away
Game 2
Kick Off: 14:00pm
Legends: John Barnes, Steve Hollis and Mike Yates
Match Officials: Alan Butler and Matthew Butler, Luke O’Hara and Joe Pettitt

The Away team got the match started, eager to get a foot on the ball and gain early control of the game. The Reds pilled on the pressure, not giving the Away side a chance to settle on the ball. John Barnes kept his side communicating and playing the ball along the deck. ‘Barnsey’ saw a lot of the ball and was getting forward to help support the men in front of him. It paid off with the first scoring opportunity for the Reds, no.10 Nick Carter having the first shot on target but not troubling Demetrios Philippou.

The Whites did not let the positive start from the Home side affect them and won a dangerous free kick on the edge of the penalty box. Kjell Ivar Haugnes blatantly brought down Carl Edwards after spotting his dangerous run into the box. Hollis place the ball down and looked like the favourite to hit this dead ball situation. Shoab Khan took it; it looked destined to go in at the far post but Mark Graham’s safe hands tipped the ball round the post. A short corner was given back to Ian Schroeder who delivered a cross that drifted goalwards, but the Home no.1 tipped it over the bar.

Left midfield Chris Dennett dispossessed Schroeder at right back, and drove with the ball towards goal, only having the goalie to beat. Philippou came rushing out narrowing the angle for the no.8, then getting down well to save the ball. Dennett was furious that he didn’t take his opportunity to break the dead lock.

Minutes later a similar situation emerged, this time when Adam Williams gave away a clumsy free kick at the edge of the box. Captain Garry Hamills insinuation that Carl Edwards had taken a dive was proven incorrect, as replays show it was a crystal clear free kick. Khan fancied his chances again from a similar situation at the Kop end. Khan stepped over the ball in a dummy to let Edwards have a shot which hit the wall. The Red team looked to counter but Hollis played smart, committing a professional foul on the halfway line after spotting the potential danger.

The Reds then hit the back of the net first but the linesman had his flag up for offside. Carter received the ball from Barnes in centre mid before playing the ball into the feet of Peter Murphy to knock it on to Peter Steede, who slotted the ball past the goalie. After noticing the linesman’s flag, all he could do was hold his head in his hands.

It took 20 minutes for the opener and it was for the Home team. A simple pass from John Barnes went straight through the Away midfield and defence into the path of Andy Roscoe. The no.9 was closed down by Hollis but slotted home a composed finish into the corner. (1-0)

The Reds came close again from a Murphy half volley from the edge but Philippou got down well to tip the ball round the post.

There was a crowd pleasing moment when John Barnes lobbed the ball over Khan’s head twice, but the no.11 wasn’t giving up that easily and nicked the ball away from the Kop legend. Shoab was then clipped at the heels by Barnes who followed by him throwing himself down dramatically insinuating he dived.

The next opportunity to take the lead was again given to the Home side. Murphy’s first time ball left Steede with only the goalie to beat. The No.11 took his time but a tremendous save pushed the ball round the post to the relief of all the Away fans. The Reds couldn’t capitalise on a dangerous corner straight across the face of the goal.

Schroeder had a great chance on the 35th minute to pull one back for his side. The right back had been getting forward all game but his effort was blocked by Dennett with a lunging challenge. Schroeder crossed the ball to the back post for Khan but was cleared off the line by centre half Williams. It was a real chance to get them back level! The away right back had been pushing forward all game pressuring John Barnes and the rest of his defence, creating plenty of chances for the Whites front line.

Half-Time: Liverpool Home 1 - 0 Liverpool Away

Home captain Garry Hamill’s half time team talk kept the sprits high for his side followed by John Barnes’ words of wisdom. You could feel the tension from both sides coming out the tunnel raring to get the game going again. The Away substitutions wanted to make an instant impact on the game and pull their side level as they looked to keep up the momentum created at the end of the first half.

A quick start to the second half played Kenneth Cobb into the penalty area. A slight clip to his heals saw him go down in the penalty area. It might have merited a penalty but a free kick was awarded to the Whites.

The perseverance of the Away side nearly paid off when a brilliant bit of passing found Deepak Sharma, who sneaked past the Home defence. His sliced shot went well wide of the post. This didn’t dishearten the Whites and Khan’s defence splitting pass sent Paul Wood through on goal. Wood managed to stay on his feet as Hamill tried to catch him but this didn’t stop the speedster in the orange boots to smash home the equaliser. (1-1)

The determined Home side responded by taking the lead again. The Home captain’s long ball over the high line of the Whites sent three of his players through on goal. Steede squared the ball for a simple tap in for no.7 Simon Mickle. Nothing the keeper could have done there. (2-1)

Despite the high level of play from both sides it was the Home side once again who broke through the opposing defence. Great link up play from the two strikers put Simon Mickle into the same position as his first goal from a squaredRoscoe pass to tap it in. (3-1) Mickle had a chance for his third moments later but pulled it wide of the post.

With the Home side’s spirits still high they managed to grab their second. Deepak Sharma’s one-two pass set up Shoab Khan to fire the ball through Graham’s legs. The come back was definitely on. (3-2)

Half an hour gone in the second half and Demetrios Philippou pulled off potentially the save of the season when the ball dropped for Andrew Unsworth 35 yards out. Home no.14’s first time strike rocketed towards the postage stamp but somehow Philoppou’s stretching hand tipped it round the post. Another spectacular save was made after from a similar range free kick that the no.1 tipped onto the bar, saving his team from conceding.

Wood delivered an inswinging cross that was met by the head of Mohit Sharma that should have levelled the game but the bullet headed drifted over the bar. Real chance missed for the Whites there.

The Reds finished the game a minute before time as Simon Mickle grabbed his 3rd of the day. Hat-trick Hero! The Whites were desperate to score and sent everyone forward leaving them exposed at the back. One long ball sent the Home team off and Mickle was never going to miss with his left. No coming back for the Away side now. (4-2)

Full-Time: Liverpool Home 4 - 2 Liverpool Away

Man of the Match (Home): Simon Mickle
Man of the Match (Away): Demetrios Philippou
Moment of the Match: Andy Roscoe

Home Team: Graham, Haugnes, John Barnes, Hamill, Williams, Murphy, Mickle, Dennett, Roscoe, Carter, Steede, Green, Pape, Yahya, Cobb.

Mascot:Lewis Carter

Away Team: Philippou, Schroeder, Steve Hollis, Mike Yates, Rees-Winter, Georgiou-Holden, Blundell, John, Edwards, Deepak Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Khan, Unsworth, Nielsen, Clarke, Wood.

Mascot: MJ Georgiou-Holden