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Leicester City 2012

Football Aid 2012 hosted a brand new game at The King Power Stadium (previously known as The Walkers Stadium) on a glorious evening. Players arrived to find out the incredible news that they would be gracing the hallowed turf with 3 fantastic Leicester City LEGENDS! Matt Elliott would be Managing and playing in the Home team with Steve Walsh Managing the Away team and Muzzy Izzet playing left back/attacking midfield. The conditions were perfect on a bright night and the pitch looked immaculate as the players received a warm welcome from their fans.

Thursday 17th May
Leicester City Home vs Leicester City Away
Kick Off: 19:30pm
Match Officials: Ryan O’Mahony, Abbas Khan, Imran Khan
Legends: Matt Elliott, Steve Walsh and Muzzy Izzet

After inspiring words of encouragement from their respective gaffers it looked like a promising evening of football. As the spectators started to take their seats in the main stand it was Muzzy Izzet's Away team wearing White shirts that got the proceedings underway. The Home team, wearing the famous Blue shirts, started the game brightly, carving out the first chance early on, but Darrell Haldane's shot was straight down the goalkeeper's throat as James Ludlam gathered the ball comfortably.

Again the Home team threatened after James Clarke beat two players down the left channel but he pulled his shot wide of the left post. The No 8 left winger looked like he could be a handful for the Away defence.

Nick Bowden was causing mayhem for the Away defence, the striker constantly dropping deep to receive the ball. None of their defenders was closing the No 11 down, as he found some great space in the hole, creating several chances, but his Home team couldn't open the scoring.

A wonderful first time ball by Muzzy Izzet really showed his true class, with the threaded 60 yard pass sending Sam Evans through on goal. However as the No 9 was just about to pull the trigger Jason Bradley's crucial last ditch sliding tackle put the ball out for a corner. It was a vital interception to stop his side conceding the opener.

On the 28th min a slip by the otherwise excellent defender Paul Whitby could have cost the Away team, as No 9 Majithia pounced on the loose ball and drove into the box. He picked out his strike partner Bowden in space, and his pirouette turn and snap-shot produced an impressive save by goalkeeper Ludlam. You could see the relief on Whitby's face.

A lack of communication between Whitby and Davis provided the best chance of the half, pouncing on a short backwards header James Clarke found himself one-on-one with Ludlam. Having all the time and space in the world the No 8 attempted a cheeky lob but the goalkeeper managed to tip the ball upwards at full stretch and then catch safely into his midriff. Clarke will have been kicking himself for not going round the goalkeeper.

With 3 mins to go in the first half the Away team managed to get their first real effort on target. Striker Sam Evans linked up well with Izzet, creating some space at the edge. However the long range shot was gathered by Marlow and the save kept the score-line at 0-0 heading into half-time.

With defences on top Matt Elliot and Steve Walsh had their work cut out in the dressing room at half-time to find that creative spark desperately needed by both teams.

Half-Time: Leicester City Home 0 - 0 Leicester City Away

It was the Home team that started the second half in similar fashion, winning a free-kick on the left hand corner of the box. Jason Bradley stepped up confidently, whipping the ball up and over the wall towards the bottom corner, however Ludlam got down well to gather the ball.

With 5 mins played the Home team fashioned another good chance. Izzet was dispossessed in the middle as Bowden formed the attack, supported by Majithia and Gunn. A simple pass into the feet of Majithia, who still had a lot to do, managed to allow him to skip past the defender and get his shot away under real pressure, but the goalkeeper did well, tipping the ball round the post.

Shortly after a soft free kick was awarded on the edge of the Home box, Izzet convincing the referee it was deliberate hand ball (the pressure may have got to the ref there!). However, Izzet's free-kick drifted over the bar.

As the second half progressed it would be the Away side that dictated play and the hard work and effort paid-off as they opened the scoring. It only took 65 minutes as Jon Dixon showed great trickery, picking out Edward Pearse unmarked in the box. The No 10 flicked the ball across the 6 yard box, in an area too dangerous for the goalkeeper to come out, and it found the head of Sam Evans who made no mistake from close range. Manager Steve Walsh was jumping off the ground in celebration at his team taking the lead! (0-1)

The Home team was determined to get back into the game though and instigated a number of attacks on the Away goal, surely it was only a matter of time before they levelled the game. And so it proved, Adam Duffett's first time long ball met the perfectly timed run of Darrell Haldane, and even with 2 defenders round him, the No 6 curled a left footed shot into the far bottom corner. His team was elated to be back on even terms. (1-1)

As the final whistle approached the huge efforts of all the players was evident to see and cramp started to kick in for a number of players and Home striker Hemel Majithia seemed to be the worst effected...going down numerous times before being substituted by his manager Steve Walsh.

In the dying embers of the game both teams had chances to secure the victory but neither side could capitalise and the game finished all square. Full credit has to go to both defences though, with such a low scoreline very rare in a Football Aid match. Despite the low scoring there were some outstanding performances and everyone went home a winner after an excellent night of entertainment at the King Power Stadium.

Full-Time: Leicester City Home 1 - 1 Leicester City Away

Man of the Match Home: Darrell Haldane
Man of the Match Away: Samuel Davis
Moment of the Match: James Clarke

Home Team: Mark Marlow, Lloyd Young, Matt Elliott, Spencer Hill (C), Jason Bradley, Darrell Haldane, Blue Parker, James Clarke, Hemel Majithia, Ricky Robson, Nick Bowden, Gogs Gogna, Adam Duffett, Kelvin Gunn, Jason Bradley
Manager: Matt Elliott
Mascot: Jack Gunn

Away Team: James Ludlam, Sonnie Kerr, Muzzy Izzet, Paul Whitby, Samuel Davis, Adrian Landers, Stephen Whitby, Paul Greet, Sam Evans, Edward Pearse, Jonathan Sparks, Adrian Landers (C), Samuel Davis, Jon Dixon, Jason Guy
Manager: Steve Walsh
Mascot: Alfie Ludlam