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Derby County 2013

The 2013 Football Aid fixture at Pride Park took place on a damp Saturday afternoon in May. However the exciting football on show helped to liven up a dull day as the crowd were treated to an 11-goal thriller ending in a 9-2 victory for the Home side. Both teams were keen to play attacking football and though the score line suggests the match was one sided, it was fair to say that both teams contributed to a wonderful game of football. The atmosphere was also helped by an enthusiastic Italian contingent who had driven all the way from Genoa just for the game!

Date: Saturday 11th May 2013
Venue: Pride Park
Derby County Home vs. Derby County Away
Kick Off: 12:00pm
Legends: Roger Davies, Marc Edworthy, Archie Gemmill, Lee Carsley
Match Officials: David Webb, Kevin Frampton, Aidan Coleman and Paul Buck

It was the Home team who kicked off and the opening period of the match was a closely fought battle in midfield as both teams tried to break up the play and not let the opposition get a foothold in the game. Soon however, the match opened up and both teams became more accurate and fluent with their passing and two goals came in quick succession.

On the 6th min mark, the Away side took the lead when a long ball from the back was flicked on to John Vint, the No 11 proceeded to show tremendous skill, cleverly chipping the ball with the outside of his right boot from 25 yards over the head of Keeper Stuart Henry and in off the underside of the crossbar (0-1). The Home team responded very well to going behind so early though and on 8 mins No 8 Matteo Guido used his pace to latch onto a through ball before expertly rounding the keeper and finishing (1-1).

After this early onslaught of goals, the matched settled down for a period of time and both defences were dealing comfortably with what the opposition forwards threw at them. Whilst both teams were having good spells of possession, the Home side were producing a better final ball and started to create some good chances for themselves.

A wonderful lofted pass found Home No 9 Nicola Perrazzini and he controlled the ball brilliantly before cutting inside and curling his shot just wide of the far post. The Away team defence were having to make some fine last-ditch slide tackles to deny the Home team goal scoring opportunities.

The 2nd goal arrived on 29mins after the unlucky Away Goalkeeper Alessio Bozzone attempted to palm Gareth Thomas’ clever chipped effort over the bar, however the No 1 could only help the shot on its way into the net. No 11 Lee Waterfall tried to claim the goal after he headed it in from close range, however slow motion replays show the ball had just crossed the line! (2-1)

The Away team continued to defend resiliently and also looked dangerous on the break but the Home team were able to increase their lead after 33 mins when some good passing inside the box set up Legend Marc Edworthy to curl his shot into the far corner of the goal (3-1).

The Home side continued to dominate for the rest of the half and though the Away side were doing well in the wide areas, there were never enough bodies in the box when the ball was played in. The team in White and Black were favourites to get the next goal and Captain Andrea Esposito looked certain to make it four goals for his team when a rebound fell to him with the goal gaping, however Bozzone made an excellent recovering save to redeem his earlier mistake.

The 4th goal did come just before half time though when some lovely interchanging passes on the edge of the box set up Home Striker Nicola Perrazzini who finished superbly with the outside of his boot (4-1). The No 9's strike concluded an exciting 1st half that had been largely dominated by the Home team, as they responded emphatically to conceding the first goal.

Half Time: Derby County Home 4-1 Derby County Away

Manager Archie Gemmill delivered an inspirational half time pep talk to his Away side in an effort to spur his players on to look for the 3 goals that would bring them level. In the opposite dressing room the Home team manager, Roger Davies simply demanded more of the same from his team as they looked to replicate their 1st half performance.

Both Teams took their time to really get going at the start of the 2nd half. The play was scrappier than we what we had been used to in the 1st half and there were no real clear cut chances, apart from a few speculative efforts on goal. The game soon started to flow again though and Esposito made an excellent run down the right wing, but the Italian winger held onto the ball a fraction too long when there were players in the box waiting for the pull-back.

The Away team were also attacking with real conviction now and almost produced an exact copy of their 1st goal when they used their aerial dominance to win the flick-on from a lofted ball, the resulting shot was powerful and low, but was well saved by Goalkeeper Stuart Henry. The Away team continued to push for a goal and they won a series of corners, however they were well defended by the Home team.

The watching Rams fans were then treated to 3 goals in quick succession, all of them came courtesy of some brilliant build-up play from the Home team. On 69 mins a precise finish from the edge of the box by No 16 Anthony Meade, sneaked in to the far right corner of the goal and gave the Home side a 4 goal advantage (5-1). Nicola Perrazzini then got his 2nd goal of the game on 70 mins when his shot from the edge of the box took the unsighted Bozzone by surprise and the ball looped over the Away No 1 (6-1). Finally the Home team's lead was extended further on 75 mins when some quick-fire passing opened up the Away team defence, allowing Lee Waterfall to turn expertly before firing into the bottom corner of the goal (7-1).

Despite having had to pick the ball out of the net 7 times, Bozzone remained impressive in goal and made some great saves from powerful strikes by both of the Home team Centre Forwards.

Another pair of goals came very quickly as the Home team continued to dominate. On 80 mins, a well worked corner was nodded down for No 14, Terry Rickeard to finish off easily (8-1). And then on 83 mins, the Home team scored their final goal of the game when Andrea Esposito clinically converted a low cross. (9-1)

With time running out there was still time left for the Away side to score a consolation goal after the whole team bravely piled forward and after a few shots were deflected and rebounded, the ball fell to No 9 Nicholas Stovell who hit a well placed left footed shot from a tight angle into the far corner of the goal to finish off a thrilling encounter (9-2).

In the end it was an impressive 9 goal haul from the Home team, sandwiched in between the opening and closing goals from the Away team. All of which came as a result of some excellent football which was a recurring feature of the match.

Full-Time: Derby County Home 9 - 2 Derby County Away

Man of the Match Home: Nicola Perazzini
Man of the Match Away: Alessio Bozzone
Moment of the Match: Nicholas Stovell

Home Team: Stuart Henry, Emanuele Bozano, Marc Edworthy, Marco Sanchi, Riccardo Bozano, Gareth Thomas, Andrea Esposito (C), Matteo Guido, Nicola Perazzini, Chris Ososki, Lee Waterfall, Terry Rickeard, Gareth Smith, Anthony Meade, Dario Castagnola
Home Manager: Roger Davies
Home Mascot: Chloe Henry

Away Team: Alessio Bozzone, Paolo Sideri, Lee Carsley, Andy Stovell, Michele Cortiula, Giulio Alberti, Matteo Cicala, Michele Cammarere, Nicholas Stovell (C), James Paterson, John Vint, Francesco Traverso, Davide Guastavino, Shane W. Gunstone, Luca Sideri
Away Manager: Archie Gemmill
Away Mascot: Oliver Wakefield