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Everton Game 1 2014

The Football Aid fixture at Goodison Park was a hotly contested, even affair, but ultimately it went the way of the team that took more of their chances on the day. The Home team survived the Away onslaught with some solid defending from Legend David Weir and the rest of his backline, and some cracking saves from Alberto Marchese in goal. However they knew how to take their chances as well, with a clinical hat-trick from Steven Foreman separating the sides in the end.

Date: Thursday 15th May 2014
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton (Home) vs Everton (Away)
Game 1
Kick off: 10:00 am
Legends: David Weir and Jamie Milligan
Match Officials: Alan Butler, Ray McLaughlin, Beck Halpin and Carl Rooney

It was the Away team wearing the Yellow and Blue change kit who got the game underway at Goodison in the early morning sunshine and they almost received an early gift from their opposition. Left winger Jack Hill attempted a long cross to the back post but it was off target and started to head towards goal. Much to his surprise, goalie Alberto Marchese fumbled the ball, but it went just out of play for a corner.

The game was slow to produce many chances, but it was the Away team that dominated the early possession and should’ve scored when centre mid Carl Douglas got through on goal. From full back Joel Lawson to No 11 Carl Osgathorp, then a lovely chipped ball over to the No 14 Carl Douglas the Away team had got from their own box to their opposition’s in two passes. Douglas’ attempt was lofted over goalie Alberto Marchese but landed just wide of the right post.

Against the run of play, the Home team had their first real opportunity of the game and they made no mistake in dispatching it. Winger Matteo Bennati picked up the ball out on the right wing and cut in towards the penalty area all on his own. The No 7 slipped a ball into the path of Captain Daniel Attridge who proceeded to curl a fantastic shot away from the keeper and into the top right corner of the goal with 25mins on the clock (1-0).

Minutes later the Away team were questioning if they were even going to find the net after all their pressure. A free-kick came in from the right side and three Away attackers were under the looping ball waiting to head it in from 6 yards out. It was centre forward Carl Osgathorp who got his head on it, flicking it towards goal but his effort just glanced wide.

About 5 mins before the break the Home team could’ve doubled their lead and Attridge could’ve had his brace. The No 10 was played in brilliantly by Football Aid 2014's top scorer Steven Foreman at the edge of the box and Attridge fired in a hard, low effort but his shot was stopped excellently by keeper Richard Fullerton who got down well to his left to save it.

However the Home team maintained the pressure and created another chance which resulted in a penalty won by Steven Foreman. Winger Matteo Bennati made a skilled run down the left, as he got by his defender before cutting it back to the awaiting No 9. Foreman, who controlled it but was then brought down from behind giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Foreman grabbed the ball straight away and stepped up to slot it home into the bottom right corner of the net (2-0).

This was the last kick of the half and the referee brought to an end an extremely close but exciting game of football. There hadn't been many chances throughout the 45 mins because of the quality of defending from both sides, with the powerful combination of Home centre half’s Stuart Green and Massimo Garaventa, coupled with Legend David Weir snuffing out their opponents' attacks. The Home team survived the early pressure they were put under and when they got their chances they finished them well and with confidence, giving them the momentum going into the break.

Half Time: Everton (Home) 2 - 0 Everton (Away)

At the break the Away dressing room were upbeat as they discussed with Legend Jamie Milligan how they felt they had been the better team and had enjoyed the better of the play but they just needed some composure in front of goal.

The Home team got the game re-started but were again slower to start as the Away No 9 James Hamilton was through down the left side, however, his cross over to substitute Tim Summerfield was just a tad heavy as the ball passed by the winger and out of play.

Yet again, the Away team were on the attack but were left to question if their positive play would ever get the goal it deserved. A great run down the right again by winger Alex Lewis allowed him to fire in a low cross to the front post; however it was fired just wide by centre mid Carl Douglas. Mins apart, the Away team had two crosses from the left wing, the first put wide by attacker Carl Osgathorp and the 2nd was stopped well by Alberto Marchese from an Alex Lewis shot.

Unfortunately for the Away team, the most prolific Football Aid striker of the 2014 season was against them and he wasn’t taking any prisoners. A poor back pass fell straight into the path of Steven Foreman and the No 9 picked it up at the edge of the box before curling it round the keeper into the bottom right corner of the goal (3-0).

The Away team were beginning to get frustrated at their lack of luck in front of goal and they were punished again from a corner. Coming in from the left wing, the cross headed towards the penalty spot and keeper Richard Fullerton came to claim it. However, the goalie’s attempt was in vain, as he mis-timed his dive for the ball slightly and behind him, of course, was none other than Stevie Foreman who thundered home a header to complete a brilliant hat-trick. With 70mins on the clock and the Home team 4 goals to the good, the result looked beyond doubt (4-0).

Straight from kick-off the Away team were once again their own worst enemy as they squandered another chance. The ball came in from the left via Legend Jamie Milligan who played a lovely curved ball to the back post. Coming sliding in was centre forward Carl Osgathorp but unfortunately for the No 11 the ball bounced up just in front of him and his side-footed effort cleared the bar.

With only 10 mins to go it was difficult to even understand how the Away team hadn’t scored and they were cursing again as keeper Alberto Marchese denied them yet again. No 7 Alex Lewis played in a beautiful cross from the right corner straight to the head of Osgathorp but the No 11’s header was somehow saved at the near post by the rock solid goalkeeper who was keeping his side from conceding.

With all the pressure they had created the Away team were bound to score eventually, and when their goal came it was a beautiful one scored by centre forward James Hamilton. Involved again was Legend Jamie Milligan who played a lovely high through ball into the No 9’s path and Hamilton rifled in a volley at the near post to get his team the goal they deserved with 80mins on the clock (4-1).

However there were to be no more goals and this was how the game ended. The unfortunate Away team had their heads in their hands, wondering why all their attacking play hadn't earned them at least a draw out of the game.

The team in Yellow had enjoyed the majority of the chances throughout, but were frustrated by a great defensive performance by the whole of the Home team and in particular centre half pairing Stuart Green and Massimo Garaventa. Great credit should also go to their Italian keeper Alberto Marchese, who lived up to that nation's reputation for producing great goalkeepers! In the end goals win games and congratulations must also go to the Home attack of Steven Foreman and co. who took their limited chances when they got them. All in all it had been a great start to the day at Goodison Park and the Everton fans in the stands gave the players a deserved round of applause as they left the pitch. 

Full time: Everton (Home) 4 - 1 Everton (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Steven Foreman
Man of the Match Away: Kevin Kirby
Moment of the Match: Daniel Attridge

Home Team: Alberto Marchese, Gary Jordan, David Weir, Stuart Green, Massimo Garaventa, David Cashin, Matteo Bennati, Robert Green, Steven Foreman, Daniel Attridge (C), Ken Pyper, Paul Mckay, Robert Bowker
Home Mascot: Herby Attridge

Away Team: Richard Fullerton, Joel Lawson, Jamie Milligan, Kevin Kirby, Gareth Lloyd, Carl Douglas, Alex Lewis, Jack Hill, James Hamilton (C), Mark Reilly, Carl Osgathorp, Andy Bellamy, James Latham, Tim Summerfield
Away Mascot: Freddie Osgathorp