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West Ham Game 1 2011

The sun was out and shining brightly over Upton Park in our first Football Aid game of the day. It had been a tough season for the club as they fought unsuccessfully against relegation, however this didn't seem to matter to the Hammers fans as they pulled on their personalised kits and marched out of the tunnel to grace the hallowed turf. You could feel the excitement from both the players and fans at this impressive stadium.

Tuesday 7th June 2011
The Boleyn Ground
West Ham Utd Home vs. West Ham Utd Away
Game 1
Kick Off: 10:30am
Match Officials: David Himburg, Chris Myatt, Gordon Manning and Paul Shea

The Home side, wearing the famous Claret and Blue shirts, got the game underway and started to move the ball around well until a misplaced pass went straight to the Away Captain Dean Cox who struck a thunderous shot across Tim Van Horn's goal. The keeper looked like he had that covered but it wasn't far away!

Moments later a short goal kick passed back across the face of goal put the Away team under real danger. Home No 9 Stephenson picked it up unopposed, but couldn't connect cleanly with the ball and his shot rolled into the keepers arms. A let off for the Away side!

11 mins in and a high looping ball from Home right back Harrison dipped behind the White and Light Blue defence. Andrew Stephenson brought the ball down perfectly on his thigh and rocketed his shot goal bound but Mark Tate somehow got his hands to it, parrying the ball away. Absolutely fantastic save and definitely one to remember!

Maicol Bellina showed his quality in defence constantly picking up interceptions and making vital tackles. The No 4 looked extremely comfortable on the ball, dribbling it forward and skipping past pressurising opponents and the build up for his side was all coming from the Italian at this stage. It was a sign of what was to come for the Claret and Blues side in the 2nd half.

Next up Van Horn's long throw over to the left channel went straight to White. The No 6 spotted Stephenson making another promising run and drilled the ball to his feet. A quick turn left his opponent stranded as his toe poke was destined for the far top corner. The stretching Tate got his fingertips to the ball thankfully and it went round the post for a corner. The No 1 was evidently desperate not to let his rival striker score.

Shortly afterwards the Claret and Blues had a corner cleared away, centre half Terry Lee picked it up but was fouled on the edge of the box before he could pull the trigger. The big No 5 with ‘Turbo' on his shirt placed the ball down as the Away wall set up. His drilled shot curled around the wall destined for the bottom corner. However Tate was there again to deny the Home team, tipping it round the post. White then had a shot from the corner but it didn't trouble the Away side.

The impressive Cristian Bellina then linked up nicely after Captain Cox nutmegged the defender who had closed him down. Cox pulled the ball back to strike partner Cristian, he pulled the trigger first time but to Van Horn's relief was clear as it went wide of the post.

The deadlock was broken 23 mins into the game, constant pressure from the Home side won them another corner which was whipped in by striker Harries. Declan White's near post header went high and somehow looped just under the bar. A bit unlucky for the goalkeeper to concede after starting so strong! (1-0)

An instant reply from Francesco Traverso levelled the game. A simple throw-in to Cox down the line was delivered into the penalty area. The defence couldn't clear the ball and it fell straight to the No 16's feet, and he duly smashed the ball left footed past the helpless goalkeeper. The goal certainly caused a commotion as Francesco's Italian teammates came rushing off the bench to celebrate his instinctive finish! (1-1)

Unbelievably there was to be a 3rd goal within the space of 5 mins, with the Claret and Blues scoring a similar goal to their first, from a corner delivered into the back post area. Neither team could get a foot on the bouncing ball with Max Harries swinging his right leg at it knocking the ball into the back of the net. (2-1)

The Away team had a few long range shot drifting over the bar but showed promise and a real determination to get back in this game. Minutes before the half time whistle, an offside free kick was delivered from Maicol to his brother Cristian. The No 9's superb first touch on the edge of the box left his marker stranded and a simple square pass had the goalie beaten for Darren Walsh to tap the ball home. (2-2)

This wasn't the last chance of the half as a long ball from centre put the White and Blue defence under some pressure. No 6 White again shot from distance and his effort was heading towards to top left corner, Tate made a stunning save to keep that bullet out. Seconds later the ref blew for half time ending a dramatic first half that had seen plenty of chances for both sides. If they could sustain the high level of play the crowd would certainly be in for an exciting second half.

Half Time: West Ham Utd Home 2 - 2 West Ham Utd Away

Both teams were out of the changing rooms early on the back of an impressive first half. Substitutions were made by both sides and it was the Away team that got the second half proceedings underway. The first 10 mins of the half was pretty quiet, with neither side taking the bull by the horns and gaining full control of the game.

The Home defence weathered the storm as Van Horn pulled off a fantastic save in the sun; Captain Cox was played through taking his touch away from his marker and 1-on-1 driving towards goal. The No 1 came off his line and remaining big cleared the ball away with his leg. Great save!

Unfortunately a slack goal-kick was intercepted by the alert Maicol Bellina, dribbling forward and around the goalkeeper he smashed the ball past the despairing defender Dunmore on the line. The Italian was delighted as his side took the lead for the first time. What a performance from the No 4 today. (2-3)

At this stage Jonathan Dunmore was inspirational for his side, really trying to drive the Claret and Blues forward and draw them level. An in-swinging corner from the Away team's Richard Walsh met the head of fellow Irishman Darren Walsh and was lobbing over the goalkeeper. However Dunmore threw himself across goal and headed clear off the line. Great reaction!

The Bellina Brothers did it again grabbing their team's fourth of the game. Cristian picked up a clearance on half way and drove down the left hand channel past his opponent. A quick 1-2 with James Hoddy put him in behind the defence, and he proceeded to cross the ball into the 6 yard box. This was met by Maicol Bellina's head as he nodded it down and into the net. Sublime! (2-4)

Minutes later an indirect free-kick was given inside the box for a poor back-pass by the Home side. Cox stood over the ball looking like he was going to roll the ball back to Richard Walsh, but out of nowhere he rolled the ball to the edge for Maicol Bellina to fire the ball low and hard through a sea of Claret and Blue players. A 2nd half hat-trick for the defender turned striker! (2-5)

The Away team continued to pile forward and in some instances it looked like they were playing 6 upfront. Creating chance after chance but they just couldn't get the ball to hit the back of the net. Cristian Bellina was showing true athleticism throughout the whole second half, moving to left back but regularly getting forward and supporting his strikers and coming close on several occasions.

The Home team's No 17 Riccardo Bozano could then have written the headlines if his shot went in. Dunmore dribbled the ball forward from his back line and laid the ball off to Riccardo on the left hand side of the box. His first time curling shot was heading towards the far top corner but just went over the bar. So close!

A quick counter attack then saw the Home team short at the back, leaving 2 v 1 for their opponents. Captain Dean Cox took the ball forward and past the goalkeeper, Emanuele Bozano did well to get back and onto the goal line but the Away No 11 calmly passed the ball into the net to extend his side's lead. (2-6)

However the Claret and Blues didn't let their heads drop and continued to press forward and quickly created the next chance. 4 passes set Harries up on the edge of the box, his shot bounced awkwardly in front of the goalkeeper but he managed to get two hands underneath the ball tipping it over the bar. His defence congratulated him for pulling off that shot.

Then a quick free-kick on half way played Traverso down the right wing, taking his time the Italian got his head up and picked out the perfect pass to Darren Walsh. The centre half did well to smash the ball past 3 scrambling defenders on the line grabbing his second of the game. (2-7)

There then followed a controversial moment in the game as a long ball put Cox through with a defender behind him, the keeper came rushing out and Cox was shoved over the top by a defender in Claret and Blue. Funnily enough the ball bounced close to the Captain, who reacted quickly and passed it into the open goal. However the ref harshly blew for a penalty, not playing the advantage that would have seen Cox score his second of the game. However Richard Walsh stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake, putting it into the right hand corner. (2-8)

The Bellina Brothers did it yet again with a simple through ball. The defence stopped as Maicol drove towards goal and a simple pass across seen Cristian Bellina slot it in. The duo had been a handful all game for the Claret and Blues. That was the last kick of the game, with the referee's whistle bringing an end to the game. (2-9)

That was to be the last of the scoring in what had been an incredible 2nd half. All that was to follow were the awards, with the Man of the Match and Moment of the Match presentations kindly handed out by former West Ham player Kenny Brown. It was a nice treat for the Hammers fans.

Full Time: West Ham United Home 2 - 9 West Ham United Away

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Man of the Match Home: Jonathon Dunmore
Man of the Match Away:
Maicol Bellina
Moment of the Match:
Mark Tate

Home Team: Van Horn, Harrison, Dunmore, Lee, White, Childs, Singh, Stephenson, Niemiec, Harries, Donlon, E. Bozano, Cammarere, R. Bozano.

Mascots: Reece White & Luca Donlon

Away Team: Tate, Raffo, M. Bellina, D. Walsh, Daw, Ragon, J. Hoddy, C. Bellina, R. Walsh, Cox, Alberti, Heath, Traverso, C. Hoddy.

Mascots: Katie Daw & Jack Dulieu