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Blackburn Rovers 2011

It was a fairly miserable day in Blackburn as the Rovers fans turned up for Football Aid 2011. Both sets of players would be looking to brighten up Ewood Park with some excellent football, and they achieved this. Marlon Broomes and Kevin Gallacher would be playing for the Home and Away teams respectively in this goal fest!

Monday 16th May 2011
Blackburn Rovers Home vs. Blackburn Rovers Away
Kick-Off: 7:00pm
Legends: Kevin Gallacher and Marlon Broomes
Match Officials: Ben Wiseman, David Blanchard, Mark Errington and Adam Bensurti

It was the Away team who started the match, clad in red and black, looking eager to get off to a flying start. Both teams wanted to settle early but the quick play led to a few early mistakes and a few opportunities wasted from set piece situations. Once the teams started to relax on the ball it was shaping into an exciting match.

The Home team had the first shot on target when young striker Justin Vaughan showed a turn of pace and fired away a shot but it was straight at Away goalkeeper David Hughes.

A nice couple of opportunities came around for the Away team. It all started when No.6 Riza Ramadani slid through the first threatening pass but Darren Vaughan made a last ditch tackle to stop Jonathan Sneath releasing his shot. This was followed by by two consecutive dangerous corners troubling the Home defence with Away captain Keith Proudfoot throwing his head at the ball but couldn’t stretch far enough to grab the opener.

Ramadani had been a threat with a few tricky through balls troubling the defence. The Away no.6 controlled the ball on half way and his first touch past his marker set himself up nicely. A dipping left footed shot grazed the top of the bar. Moments later a suicidal group of passes was intercepted by Riza Ramadani who released a venomous strike from 40 yards out across goal, hitting the underside of the bar and in. Unstoppable strike! (0-1)

The pressure from the Away side was unbearable creating mistake after mistake and it opened up another opportunity. James Paterson pulled the strings which set up Darragh Deane for a first time strike on target but there was pressure from Buglass and a save from Steven Brassington tipping it round the post. From a poor corner the home side counter attacked and levelled the game. Justin Vaughan held up the ball on half way laying it into the channel for Richard Hollows to drive down the line linking up with Justin again. No.9 squared it back for Hollows for a shot straight into the postage stamp far corner. (1-1)

No.9 Justin Vaughan was a starlet in the first half, finding plenty of space and creating threatening chances for his side but unfortunately they couldn’t capitalise on it. The speedster won his side a penalty 28 minutes in from a long ball behind by team mate Oliver Clark. Adrian English tried to cover but a clear shoulder barge wiped Justin out for a stonewall penalty. Captain Darren Vaughan stepped up sending the goalkeeper the wrong way into the bottom right hand corner. (2-1)

Home keeper Brassington kept his team in the lead shortly after. Sneath found some space outside the box as the Away Captain wasn’t quick enough closing him down. The Away no.9’s strike put Brassington at full stretch, superbly tipping the ball around the post.

Kevin Gallacher and Marlon Broomes showed real class throughout the half clearly giving a demonstration of the level of the premier league. Gallacher and Broomes were dangerous going forward, creating some clear cut chances. Kevin came close to scoring goal of the season but hit the junction of the bar.

Jonathan Sneath’s constant pressure on the Home defence paid off pulling the game level on the 35th minute. He nicked the ball and executed a left footed lob that drifted over the stranded goalkeeper. Cool finish! (2-2)

The Blue and Whites were next to hit the back of the net but the linesman had his flag up for offside. Justin Vaughan made no mistake blasting the ball past the keeper. Instantly noticing the linesman’s flag his head slumped into his hands.

On the stroke of half time Eric Lamb produced a moment of magic to take the lead into half time. Lamb had his back to goal with the pass played into his feet from Broomes. A touch across his body took him away from his marker and from 40 yards let loose a bullet across goal into the postage stamp. Nothing the goalkeeper could have done there. Wonder goal! A famous phase springs to mind from Andy Gray - Take a bow son! (3-2)


Half-Time: Blackburn Rovers Home 3 - 2 Blackburn Rovers Away


After an inspired half time team talk from two football legends Kevin Gallacher and Marlon Broomes the teams came out fired up for the second half. Substitutions were made by both sides who were eager to make an impact to win the game. The Home team got the game underway but instantly you could see the determination to win their individual battles as instructed.

An equaliser in the first minute had the Home team worried. Substitute James Gilmour instantly looked like a handful, driving into the box and shooting towards the far post. The goalkeeper tipped the ball onto the far post but it fell nicely to Robert Dore, his calm side-footed pass went in past the scampering defence. (3-3)

David Hughes then tipped an unexpected shot from striker Justin Vaughan onto the bar after a miscontrolled throw in. It was a fantastic save keeping the game at 3-3 and Steven Smith collected the ball to his team’s relief. That sparked a counter from the Away side with 3 passes breaking into the opponents box with a squared ball but Deane couldn’t stretch far enough to slide it in. From the resulting corner, a whipped ball into the back post from Gilmour was missed by the defender. Richard Legdon’s cushioned right footed volley was too powerful for the hands of Brassington. An entertaining first 5 minutes of the second half. (3-4)

This sparked real fast end to end football, both keepers making great saves to stop conceding any more. But it was the Away side who grabbed their third consecutive goal, Gilmour again at the heart of the play. The No.17’s quick feet and trickery stepped away from 3 with a Cruyff turn before rolling it to Barry Tully. His shot took a slight defection off the defenders’ boot but the power still took the ball into the corner of the net. (3-5)

James Gilmour ran riot for the second half, every time he got on the ball he put his team in a dangerous situation. He had a few long range shots that whistled past the posts. Half an hour in, after cruising past two players down the left channel he delivered a cross straight to the foot of Sneath. His volley forced a sensational save tipping the ball round the post.

38 minutes gone in the second half and the Away side grabbed their 6th of the game, and no-one deserved it more than James Gilmour. Right back Steven Smith pushed forward all game and a first time delivery into the box caused a poor defensive header fell straight to the no.17. Controlling the ball on his chest set up nicely for a first time volley into the far left hand corner. Stupendous! (3-6)

Richard Legdon was commanding for the full game, the majority of the play went through this midfielder who never put a foot wrong.

Maurice Lawson, only 69 years of age, came close with a minute to go. He received the ball at the edge of the box on his left foot his shot was unfortunate to dip at the wrong side of the cross bar. Unlucky Maurice!

Full-Time: Blackburn Rovers Home 3 - 6 Blackburn Rovers Away

Man of the Match Home: Dave Buglass
Man of the Match Away: James Gilmour
Moment of the Match: Steven Brassington 

Home Team: Brassington, Clark, Marlon Broomes, Buglass, Vaughan, Chisnall, Pomfret, Lamb, Vaughan, Hollows, Leslie, Thornhill, Lawson.

Mascot: Taylor Vaughan

Away Team: Hughes, Evans, Kevin Gallacher, English, Proudfoot, Ramadani, Dore, Tully, Sneath, Paterson, Deane, Legdon, Smedley, Smith, Gilmour.

Mascot: Amy Hughes