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Man City Game 2 2012

Sunday 20th May will forever more be a memorable day for any Manchester City fan, as Sergio Aguero's injury time goal against QPR secured the Premier League title for the first time in 44 years! The incredible action the day before set the stage perfectly for the 28 City fans who would be gracing the same hallowed turf alongside Ian Brightwell and David Brightwell. Wearing the club colours proudly the player marched onto the pitch, boots polished and chests out for a memorable 90 mins of football.

Monday the 21st of May 2012
Manchester City Home vs Manchester City Away
Kick Off: 14:30am
Legends: Ian Brightwell and David Brightwell
Match Officials: Pete Simm, Henry Simm, Chris Waring and Darren Cook

The Away team wearing the Red and Black stripes got the game underway and in the first 10 mins both teams were trying to find their feet. This produced some attractive free-flowing football but neither team could find that first real chance.

With 15 mins played it was the Away team who should have opened the scoring, a series of flicked passes between Duffy and Taylor in and around the box ended up at the feet of Dean Hughes. But the No 9 could not generate enough power or placement to beat goalkeeper Adam Howarth.

Straight from Howarth's kick, there was a lapse in concentration from his whole side, as everyone suddenly froze, allowing centre half Justin Pugh the opportunity to drive from inside his half to the penalty area. Luckily enough Howarth was on hand to keep the score-line level.

The Home team struggled to keep the ball, but did at least create two half chances. Next up the Away team's Dave Taylor was rolled straight through by No 9 Hughes, the winger, who had a lot riding on scoring after a successful Football Aid season, displayed a good touch and strike. However to his amazement Howarth somehow parried the rocket shot up into the air and legend David Brightwell managed to clear.

Despite the Away team looking good at this stage, the Home team surprisingly took the lead. Creative midfielder Micael Pacella was at the heart of all the play, as he played Captain and ‘bad boy' Fabio Bandini in behind the defence. The No 7 faked his shot, squaring it to Maurizio Boi to tap in from close range. (1-0)

The Home team continued to push forward and Nick Medlicott will be kicking himself for not doubling his teams lead on the 35 mins. The striker was straight through on goal, with Bandini inside unmarked, but his attempt was straight at the keeper. His Captain was screaming at him for not squaring the pass.

With 5 mins to go until half-time, Matthew Morgan had a wonderful chance to find the equaliser. Ian Brightwell's throw-in to Hughes created the space for Lorey in the middle, after drawing the marker he played in Morgan but was denied by the feet of Howarth. The No 1 had been outstanding so far!

Minutes later, Captain Bandini picked the ball up in centre midfield; spotting the run of his team-mate he lofted the ball in between the defence to Danny Schweiger, who was close to being offside. However the ref waved play on and the No 8 made sure with a left foot shot that found the back of the net. (2-0)

Despite being 2 goals behind Ian Brightwell will still have been happy with his Away team's performance, while Richard Edghill will have been equally happy that his Home team had stood firm to hold onto their lead despite the pressure they were under.

Half-Time: Manchester City Home 2 - 0 Manchester City Away

As the teams swapped ends the Home side, wearing the famous Sky Blue shirts, restarted the game. However, it was the Away team that created the first half chance and it fell to midfielder Matthew Morgan. The striker picked up a loose ball from a tackle and ran at the defence, with no one closing him down, he could have produced a better strike but it went straight down the goalkeeper's throat. He wasn't beating Howarth from that range.

There was some bad luck for the Home team 10 mins into the half when Maurizio Boi pulled his hamstring, the striker had been playing well and was definitely a loss for his side.

Shortly afterwards there was more bad luck for the Home team, after a moment of madness Captain "Bad Boy" Bandini was shown a red card and his side were down to 10 men.

With the Away team having the extra advantage, the pressure piled on the Home team and sloppy passing between the backline resulted in them conceding their first. A one-two between Charnock and Matthew Morgan created the space and the striker bent a stupendous curling shot into the far corner from outside the edge. (2-1)

However an instant response from the Home team silenced the Away side. The ball fell to super-sub right back Neil Simpson and after dropping a shoulder he got past the defender, the No 15 than unleashed a thunderous strike into the top corner. There's not a keeper in the land that would have saved his shot and it will surely be a contender for Football Aid's goal of the season. Simpson and his team-mates were astounded by his wonder strike. (3-1)

However back came the Away team in the 70th min, and it was Matthew Morgan who pulled another back for his team with his 2nd goal of the day. No 16 Anthony Timbrell was the creative spark, driving down the right channel and finding the feet of Hughes, who laid the ball into the path of Morgan to fire home. The No 11 had a real spark about his play and he continued to make things happen for the Away team throughout the game. (3-2)

The pressure of the Away team created chance after chance but Adam Howarth was on hand every time to keep his team ahead. The No 1 had been outstanding, and on this evidence Joe Hart may have been wondering if he'd still be first choice next season!

However the pressure was to tell in the end and it was the impressive duo of Safa and Timbrell who were instrumental, linking up well to dispossess the Home team and starting the move that led to the equaliser. Dave Taylor played his part as well, twisting and turning past 3 defenders in the box before Matthew Morgan took over and found the inside of the post. Another impressive goal for the Away team's Hat-trick hero! (3-3)

That was to be the end of the scoring and the referee blew his whistle for full time shortly afterwards, ending an enthralling contest, level at 3 goals apiece. The fans showed their appreciation for an excellent display of football and after a private wager from earlier in the season Football Aid's Chris McIntyre felt for Dave Taylor, who despite a fine performance, wasn't quite able to find his 9th goal of the Football Aid season!

Full-Time: Manchester City Home 3 - 3 Manchester City Away

Man of the Match Home: Adam Howarth
Man of the Match Away: Matthew Morgan
Moment of the Match: Neil Simpson

Home Team: Adam Howarth, Donato del Rosso, David Brightwell, Cédric Boi, Jonathan Bloom, Antonio Alj, Fabio Bandini (C), Danny Schweiger, Maurizio Boi, Micael Pacella, Nick Medlicott, David Djordjevic, Neil Simpson, Peter Buriak, Domenico Colella
Manager: David Brightwell
Mascot: Ella and Toby Schweiger

Away Team: Richard Marsh, Karl Morgan, Ian Brightwell, Roger Dale, Justin Pugh, John Duffy, Dave Taylor, Jamie Reid, Dean Hughes, Stephen Lorey, Matthew Morgan, Paul Safa (C), David Reid, Anthony Timbrell, Steve Charnock
Manager: Ian Brightwell
Mascot: Jacob and Jasmine Safa