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Spurs Game 2 2013

The 2nd Football Aid fixture of the day kicked off at 14:30pm at White Hart Lane. The game had a lot to live up to after the 1st game of the day and it didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately for the Home side they were unable to contain the Away team's impressive attacking threat of Gostellow and Reyes, and with the Away side defended solidly as well, an impressive all-round team performance allowed them to end up convincing 1-12 winners.

Date: Monday 27th May
Venue: White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur Home vs Tottenham Hotspur Away
Game 2
Kick off: 2:30pm
Match Officials: Spencer Brewer, Kevin Moore, Andy Stevens and Paul Shea

The Away side kicked off the game wearing the Black and Grey Away strip while the Home team wore the famous Lillywhite tops and it didn’t take long for the game to see its first goal. A clever chipped ball into the box from No 10 Steve Saward from out on the right landed on the chest of Centre Forward No 9 Robert Gostellow, and the Striker unleashed a rocket of a shot that flew into the top corner (0-1).

However, mins later and the Home side were out for revenge and with their 1st opportunity of the game they equalised. A cross in from the right by flying Italian winger Matteo Bennati wasn't dealt with by the Away defence and the ball fell straight to the Home captain No 10 Matt Paine, who expertly volleyed it into the bottom corner with his right boot (1-1).

Another good chance came for the Home side when No 7 Bennati was through on goal, however his shot went through the Keeper's legs and out for a goal kick. But it was the Away side who would take the lead again with Robert Gostellow grabbing his 2nd goal after only 15 mins. Some good build up play led to the ball being touched onto the Striker, who was approaching the penalty spot, before he released a rising shot that smashed into the roof of the net, leaving Keeper Tony Hine rooted to the spot (1-2).

The Away side grabbed a 3rd shortly afterwards and it came after a cheeky finish from their Captain Garey Reyes. A low corner curled in from the left side fell for the No 11 and he showed great ingenuity to flick it with his left foot under Hine in the Home goal (1-3).

With half-time fast approaching the Away side kept mounting attack after attack, hoping to gain a 3 goal advantage. Eventually it came, with Robert Gostellow bagging a 1st half hat-trick. A pass inside from No 10 Steve Saward to No 8 Ryan Girling allowed the Left Mid to take a shot which he thought was going in until a great save from the Home Keeper Tony Hine. Gostellow, though was in the right place at the right time to follow up on the rebound and get his hat-trick (1-4).

A well fought 1st half ended with the Away side holding a 3 goal lead going into the break. A game that produced few clearcut chances meant both sides had to take their chances when they came and the Away side certainly did so with the clinical Robert Gostellow getting a deserved hat-trick.

Half Time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 1 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur Away

It didn’t take long for the Away side to get going again after the break and yet again it was Robert Gostellow on the scoresheet. After No 11 Reyes did well to dis-possess the Centre Back it allowed Gostellow in on goal and he smashed the ball into the bottom left corner, his understated celebration demonstrating how well things were going for the deadly Striker (1-5)!

Just 5 mins later and who could possibly have scored again, but Robert Gostellow! A cross in from the Right Mid No 7 Christopher O’Hara took a wicked deflection off Right Back No 16 Robert Davies and flew towards goal, however Keeper Tony Hine was well positioned to make a great save with his feet to prevent an own goal. However, much to his despair the ball bounced straight to Gostellow who was in the right place at the right time to turn the ball Home for his 5th of the game (1-6).

There then followed a rare instance of a chance for the Away team that doesn’t end up in the back of the net! A cross in from Gostellow on the right wing found the Captain Reyes’ run and he tried to score with another cheeky flick with his heel but his effort went just wide. However mins later and the two Centre Forwards were combining to great effect again. Gostellow, through on goal, cut the ball back past the Defender playing in Garey Reyes who was out on the right. Reyes still had a lot to do, but showed great skill to round a defender before firing his right footed effort into the bottom right corner of the goal (1-7).

There was worse to come for the Home team soon after, a mistake by Home No 8 Ryan Girling allowed Centre Forward Garey Reyes to run at goal before taking a low shot. The shot was initially saved by Hine however Reyes latches on to the rebound to bag his 2nd of the game (1-8).

With 70 mins on the clock the Home side weren’t doing themselves any favours and another defensive lapse allowed the Away side in on goal. Home Centre Back Terry Girling tried to pass the ball from the back, but it went straight to the opposition Right Mid Christopher O’Hara. O’Hara played it through the back line hoping to find the run of goal machine Robert Gostellow. The on-fire No 9 got there 1st and hit the ball first time with his right foot, chipping it over Tony Hine in goal and into the back of the net for his 6th and his side's 9th (1-9).

An injury to the Away side’s No 10 Steve Saward forced the hard working Midfielder off, however that didn’t prevent his team from adding to their total. A long ball played over the top of the Home side’s high line saw John O’Hara run through on goal. Hine raced out of goal to try to meet him, however he couldn’t quite get there and the rapid right winger took the ball round the helpless Keeper before walking the ball into the net (1-10).

Unfortunately for the Home side the Away side weren't finished there and when the Away No 15 Pete Silvester took a thundering shot from just outside the box the Home side hoped they had been saved by the right hand post. However, the ball rebounded off the back of the diving Tony Hine and rolled towards goal. Home No 16 Robert Davies slid in to try to clear the danger; however the Away No 14 John O’Hara reached it first and put it away to increase his side's lead to 10 goals with just 5 mins remaining (1-11).

With full time fast approaching the Home Keeper Tony Hine (who's usually an outfield player!) reverted to type and attempted a run forward to help his team salvage a goal. However, No 9 Adam Girling couldn't take his opportunity and Away Centre Half Pete Silvester picked the ball up out on the left wing. The No 15 approached goal and seeing Hine desperately trying to get back into his goal, he picked his head up and chipped the ball perfectly over the Defence and the Keeper into the back of the net (1-12).

That was to be the last goal of a thoroughly enjoyable game that had seen the team in Black run away with the victory. It was an impressive performance from the Away team, with every player from front to back combining to put 12 past Keeper Hine while only conceding 1 at the other end. However the star performance undoubtedly came from Centre Forward Robert Gostellow, who scored a Football Aid 2013 record 6 goals, with a hat-trick coming in both halves. Even with their forwards catching the headlines the Away back line and Keeper put in an outstanding performance to limit their opposition to just a few clear cut opportunities. The Home team gave it their all and could be proud of their efforts, however on this occasion they simply came up against a better team.

Full Time: Tottenham Hotspur Home 1 - 12 Tottenham Hotspur Away

Man of the Match Home: Terry Girling
Man of the Match Away: Robert Gostellow
Moment of the Match: Tony Hine

Home Team: Tony Hine, Jason Baum, Russell Girling, Terry Girling, Matthew Geppert, Matteo Bennati, Ryan Girling, Adam Girling, Matt Paine (C), Tony McGill, Stewart Cox, Robert Davies, Daniel Shafron
Home Mascots: Charlie and Libby Girling

Away Team: Brendan Coughlan, John O'Hara, Michael O'Hara, James Munson, Jon Noakes, Christopher O'Hara, Wayne Coakley, Robert Gostellow, Steve Saward, Garey Reyes (C), John O'Hara, Pete Silvester, Dean Twyman, Joel Holmes
Away Mascot: Callan O’Hara