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Everton Game 2 2014

The 2nd 2014 Football Aid fixture at Goodison Park had a hard act to follow after the excitement from the morning but it lived up to the billing and kept all those watching on the edge of their seats throughout. The 1st half was the more exciting, as it was very evenly matched, with both teams having great chances to score. However, in the end it proved to be a frustrating game for the Home side, as they ultimately failed to match their opposition's scoring exploits as they were denied on several occasions by goalie Andrew Irving. Down the other end, the Away team had no trouble in front of goal as striker Didsbury found the net four times and that was what decided the game in favour of the Away team who ran out 8-2 victors.

Date: Thursday 15th of May 2014
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton (Home) vs Everton (Away)
Game 2
Kick off: 14:30pm
Legends: Nick Chadwick and Stuart Barlow
Match Officials: Ian Dibbert, Dave Chappell and Darren Whitfield

The Home team got the 2nd game of the day underway, in the famous Blue shirts with White shorts shooting from left to right. However it was the Away team, in Yellow and Blue, who came the closest to scoring in the opening 10 mins of play. Winger Danny Duffy cut in from the right to the centre, about 20 yards from goal, and fired a high, looping shot that cracked off the top of the bar and out for a goal kick.

Up the other end, the Home team had two good sights of goal, but neither effort was enough to seriously worry the Away defence. In both opportunities, No 11 Andrew Kenny was through on goal; the 1st saw his shot well saved down to the goalkeeper Andrew Irving's left and the 2nd was also stopped well by the impressive keeper as Kenny tried to take it round the No 1.

However, it was the Away team who enjoyed the upper-hand when it came to finishing and they only needed one chance to take the lead. With 20 mins gone the ever present centre mid John Cotton carried the ball past the half-way line before playing in centre forward Gary Didsbury with a lovely low ball that split the Home defence. The No 11 took one touch before sending the ball high into the top left corner of the goal (0-1). 

Despite going behind, the Home team did not give up and immediately came close to equalizing. Centre forward Andrew Kenny cut in from the right wing before laying it off to No 8 Marcus Dunning who set himself up 25 yards from goal. The winger’s high curling effort forced goalie Andrew Irvine to tip the ball up onto the bar, it then bounced off the inside of the left post and down onto the line for Irvine to grab.

The game had started to heat up and there were chances at both ends and it came down to who could take their chances, in this case it was the Away team. After a corner was headed back out to the right, the ball was whipped in again and centre forward and opening goal-scorer Gary Didsbury was on the deck as the ball passed by everyone. The referee had seen what had happened and gave a penalty as the No 11 had been taken down by his opposite number. Didsbury stepped up to the spot and slotted the ball low into the bottom left corner for his and his team's 2nd of the afternoon on 32 mins (0-2).

Soon after, Didsbury could’ve had his hat-trick after some nice team build-up play leading to the No 11 being through on goal. A chipped ball from full back Alan Brown was meant for winger    Danny Duffy but the No 8 expertly dummied it, fooling his marker and allowing the ball to pass through to the centre forward. Didsbury picked it up but his shot from the right of the box was saved marvelously from point blank range by keeper Michael Moglione.

Just 5 mins before the break the Away team scored a rather fortunate goal. Full back and Legend Stuart Barlow crossed it in from the left but it was punched out by keeper Michael Moglione. The ball fell straight to Away winger Danny Duffy whose touch was a bit strong taking the ball over to opposite winger Jimmy Lee. Lee’s return ball was helped on by centre forward Didsbury who was lying on the ground after having fallen over. It fell back perfectly to Duffy who smashed the ball home despite the crowded goalmouth (0-3).

On the stroke of half-time the Home side managed to grab a goal back, which was a fair reward after all of their pressing throughout the game. And it was an excellent goal too, centre mid Arran Feery crossed it in from the right wing and No 9 Phil Hogg peeled off his marker expertly at the back post before firing it home on the volley. The Home striker had come all the way from Canada to play and his exuberant celebration certainly showed how much it meant to him to score at Goodison (1-3)!

With that action, the referee brought the half to an end with the Away team deservedly in the lead. In fairness to the Home side, they had created their fair share of chances; however a resolute Away defence and their in-form keeper Irving had thwarted their efforts time and time again. Up the other end, the Away team's overall play had been impressive and their attack was certainly comfortable in front of goal, and their ability to get into shooting positions and work the ball through the midfield into the forwards ensured they went into the half-time interval with their noses in front.
Half Time: Everton (Home) 1 - 3 Everton (Away)

During the interval, the Home team discussed with their Legend Nick Chadwick how they hadn’t been playing enough as a team and that was the main reason why they hadn’t been scoring. In the opposite dressing room Away Legend Stuart Barlow simply encouraged his team to do more of the same and it was the team in Yellow who got the game underway with everything still very much to play for.

And it didn’t take them long to return to scoring ways after their minor setback at the end of the first half. With 50 mins on the clock a simple through ball from No 2 Alan Brown passed straight through the Home defence and into the path of clinical finisher Gary Didsbury. The centre forward was very cool in front of goal, as he dribbled round goalie Moglione and side footed it into the open net at the near post to complete his hat-trick(1-4).

The Home side were beginning to get frustrated as they were once again denied by the woodwork. Captain Declin Ward played a nice ball into substitute Charles Sadler who was about 30 yards from goal out on the left. The winger played a slide rule pass to the back post where opposite winger Marcus Dunning came sliding in but his shot smashed the underside of the crossbar.

Despite their chances, it wasn’t surprising that the Home team couldn’t score because of the calm and collected Away back line led by centre halves Michael Harris and Stein Sherlock who controlled the play when they moved up and also when they sat back. With 65mins played, their defensive efforts were turned into attack as the Away team scored another great goal. After a short corner, Legend Stuart Barlow played in a high cross from the right which was flicked up in the air by Home No 15 Stephen Moran. His header, however, went backwards and waiting under it was Away No 15 Ian Michell whose brilliant cross goal header found the far corner of the goal (1-5).

Two mins later, the Away side were rewarded with another slightly fortunate goal which made the Home team question what they had done to deserve such bad luck! Marauding full back Alan Brown was involved again, exchanging a clever one-two with striker Didsbury before playing it back to the No 11. Didsbury’s low strike was initially saved well by goalie Moglione but it bounced straight out to Legend Stuart Barlow who was on the edge of the box. His shot fired against the post but rebounded in off of unfortunate defender Charles Sadler (1-6).

Despite the Away team’s onslaught, the Home side managed to hit back with 15 mins to go courtesy of a strike from centre forward Andrew Kenny. No 6 Ian Dermott carried the ball over the half-way line before playing a sublime through ball into the path of centre forward Phil Hogg who, when clear in the box, showed great composure to square it to his attacking team-mate Kenny, who comfortably played it into the empty net (2-6).

However, this setback didn’t faze the Away team and they were immediately on the attack and showed those watching why they were in the lead. Winger Jimmy Lee played it into centre forward Didsbury who, first time, flicked it onto substitute Mark Smith who then spread the play out to the other wing for Legend Stuart Barlow. Barlow’s chipped ball to the back post found the run of centre mid John Cotton but the No 6’s sliding effort hit the side netting.

This intensity remained and as the Home team tired their opposition kept pressing them hoping for another goal. Again, it was Legend Stuart Barlow pulling the strings down the left wing, playing a pass into centre forward Didsbury who let one fly from 30 yards, but the ball crashed against the upright. Fortunately for the Away team the clearance fell straight to No 9 Jonathan Good who played it back out for Legend Barlow. The full back beat his man for pace down the by-line before chipping it back across goal and it was that man again, Alan Brown, getting forward to apply a brilliant finishing touch after 85mins (2-7). 

With the game nearing its end, and the Home side showing understandable signs of fatigue, the Away side had time to fit in one more goal. A throw-in by Legend Stuart Barlow found centre forward Jonathan Good, who whipped a ball in for strike partner Gary Didsbury. The initial cross was picked off, but Didsbury did well to pinch it back before tucking it into the bottom right hand corner for his fourth goal of the day (2-8).
The Home team weren't finished though and they created one last effort from a corner right at the death: goalkeeper Michael Moglione was even sent forward, but it wasn’t to be as the ball was cleared and the ref’s whistle was blown for full time!

A thrilling match saw the Away team's attack take the spotlight but that is ignoring their solidity at the back. Goalkeeper Irving and his centre halves Michael Harris, Stein Sherlock and Ian Michell were so tight at the back that it meant full back’s Alan Brown and Legend Stuart Barlow could bomb forward and be involved in the attack. This worked a treat as they combined with the brilliant midfield play to create plebty of chances for their clinical strikers. Unfortunately for the Home team, they couldn't quite match the chance conversion rate of their opponents and despite their great efforts the Away team ran out comfortable winners in the end. All in all it had been a treat for the watching Toffees fans with 10 goals and plenty more chances beside, and both sets of players were duly rewarded with plenty of deserved applause as they left the field.      
Full Time: Everton (Home) 2 - 8 Everton (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Arran Feery
Man of the Match Away: Gary Didsbury
Moment of the Match: Phil Hogg

Home Team: Michael Moglione, Stephen Hoare, Nick Chadwick, Declin Ward (C), Steven Hughes, Ian Dermott, Ben Dermott, Marcus Dunning, Phil Hogg, Arran Feery, Andrew Kenny, Stephen Moran, Mark Feehan, Charles Sadler
Home Mascot: Luke Kenny

Away Team: Andrew Irving, Alan Brown, Stuart Barlow, Michael Harris, Stein Sherlock, John Cotton (C), Jimmy Lee, Danny Duffy, Jonathan Good, Christopher Didsbury, Gary Didsbury, Mark Smith, Ian Michell, Spencer Atkinson, Steve Michell
Away Mascot: Daniel Brown