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Man City Game 2 2011

The sun was shining brightly in Manchester when the excited Citizens fans arrived for the second Football Aid game of the day at the highly impressive City of Manchester Stadium. The Premier League Groundsmen of the year had produced a phenomenal playing surface. The players were thrilled to have the chance to pull on their personalised kits and march out of the tunnel to grace the same hallowed turf that first team stars like Tevez, Silva and Kompany had been playing on so well all season.

Monday the 18th of April 2011
Manchester City Home vs Manchester City Away
Kick Off: 2:30pm
Legends: Richard Edghill, Eric Nixon and Paul Simpson
Match Officials: Iain Siddall, Matthew Scholes, Michael Barlow and Nathan Burke

The Home team, wearing sky blue, got the game underway. It was a nervous start from both sides early on with neither team retaining possession easily as they tried to make an early impression upon the game. Both teams were limited to some speculative shots from distance by the two sets of defence, marshalled by Edghill and Simpson for the home and away teams respectively. The first good chance was created by the home team; an excellent cross from Edghill was met by an excellent run into the box by Paul Maxey, who couldn’t keep his header down to trouble Brassington in the Away goal.

The Home front line were pressing the away defence high up the pitch, and the next chance came from this hard work, Paul Maxey winning the ball on the right flank and crossing to Wesley Gregory. Gregory displayed a great touch by poking the ball through to Matthew Maxey on goal who dragged his low shot wide of the near post.

The Away side had been improving throughout, and after 16 minutes they had their first chance. Centre forward Robert Jones picked up the ball from deep and charged up the middle of the pitch. He played a pass to Jonathan Pitt who had broken the offside trap, whose shot from distance was well held by Richard Marsh.

Captain Dave Taylor had been an excellent outlet for the Away side all match, and it was he who provided the next opportunity, his slide rule pass finding Pitt whose shot was blocked superbly by Tom Betts for the Home team. Pitt could only congratulate Betts for his fantastic last ditch challenge.

The Away team were now starting to get the better of the game having overcome their early nerves. Richard O’Connor had been winning the ball in midfield all game, but he now showed his attacking prowess. Collecting the ball deep in the home half he drove through the middle of the park and using a turn of pace got into the box. His excellent shot across goal was well palmed away by Marsh.

Sibby Khan, O’Connor and Declan Ware were beginning to win their share of possession and create a good attacking platform. It was only five minutes later that Taylor and Pitt combined again to create another good opportunity for the Away side, Taylor sliding a lovely pass through to Pitt’s well timed run; again Pitt was thwarted by Marsh. The Home goalkeeper was having an excellent day between the sticks.

The Home team rallied and were able to get themselves up the pitch and were unlucky not to equalize after Eric Nixon’s cross found Chris Craddock in the area. Craddock turned well and at point blank range was tackled superbly by combined effort from Gavin and Adam Locker.

The Home side enjoyed a spell in charge of the game with some nice passing moves and long range efforts, but it was the Away side that tested the goalkeeper next, a sublime defence-splitting pass from right back Alex Holmes put Khan through on goal but his effort with his weaker foot was well held by Marsh.

Minutes later the Home team had the best chance of the game. Mark Betts won the ball in the penalty area and fed it to Paul Maxey on the right flank who played a superb pass into space. Centre forward Peter Maxey was rewarded for a lung bursting run with a clear short at goal but was denied by superb Steven Brassington save.

The Away team then broke the deadlock, and in some style. The move was started and finished by Richard O’Connor who cleared the ball to Khan from defending a corner, before Holmes passed to Taylor up the right who found O’Connor in space in Centre Midfield. O’Connor drove forward and pinged a sweet right-footed strike that flew past Marsh just before the half time whistle. (0-1)

Half-Time: Manchester City Home 0 - 1 Manchester City Away

The Away team got the game back underway for the second half. Both teams had created openings but only O’Connor had taken his chance for the Away team. Fresh legs on both teams would be looking to change this.

The Away side again started the brighter. Paul Maxey’s clearance landed at the feet of Sibby Khan who controlled the ball brilliantly before swivelling and unleashing a fierce low shot. It took an incredible save from Marsh low to his left to turn it round the post

The Away team came again, Robert Jones this time breaking the offside trap only for a spectacular sliding challenge from Paul Maxey to deny Jones a chance for a second goal for his side. It was an inch perfect tackle.

Both sets of defence were beginning to come out on top; Feehan, Curivan and Betts reading the game well and cutting out passes for the home team, Gavin and Adam Locker winning possession more and more often for the away side. The game was becoming increasingly stretched as both teams started to tire.

The Maxey-dominated front line was starting to dictate the game for the home team in attack. First Joshua Maxey had a strike from distance that went wide closely followed by a good effort from Paul Maxey that was well saved by Brassington. Both were well built constructed passing moves involving Matthew and Peter Maxey as well as some neat play from Gregory.

Khan again failed to stretch the lead for the Away side after a great pass from Holmes. Trying to make space for himself in the area, he was denied by the outstretched leg of Gavin Locker and then again by Goalkeeper Marsh after he got his shot away.

After about 75 minutes the Home side found the goal to level the game, and it was an all Maxey affair! Feehan played a pass along the line to Joshua Maxey. Joshua’s square ball was cleverly dummied by Matthew Maxey and then beautifully finished by Peter Maxey, whipping the ball high into the net from the edge of the box. Great goal! (1-1)

The momentum was clearly with the home team after their equalizer, and it was only 5 minutes later that they took the lead, and again it was Peter Maxey who provided the goal, the striker controlling the ball well and shooting low into the right hand corner, after Paul Maxey had knocked down Edghill’s cross.(1-1)

The game was stopped due to a serious injury to Matthew Maxey. It was a blow to lose Maxey who had played well up to that point. Paul Simpson and Richard Edghill both lent a hand to the stretcher that carried him from the field in a good display of sportsmanship.

The final whistle blew shortly after the injury to Maxey, sealing a fantastic come from behind win for the Home team!

Full-Time: Manchester City Home 2 - 1 Manchester City Away

Man of the Match Home: Peter Maxey
Man of the Match Away: Gavin Locker
Moment of the Match: Richard O’Connor

Home Team: Marsh, T. Betts, Edghill, Nixon, M. Betts, Feehan, Craddock, J.Maxey, M. Maxey, Peter Maxey, Paul Maxey, Gregory, Curivan, Caldecott

Mascot: Callum Hampson

Away Team: Brassington, Holmes, Simpson, G.Locker, Djordjevic, Ware, Khan, Pitt, Jones, O’Connor, Taylor, Charnock, A. Locker.

Mascot: Finlay Wiggins