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Norwich City 2015

The Canaries fans were in buoyant mood when they arrived at Carrow Road on the morning of Tue 26th May, having witnessed their team win promotion to the Premier League the day before and they certainly served up a feast of entertainment for the watching fans. The impressive Away team came out 2-13 winners in the end, however the Home team played their bit in a fantastic game and when the players left the pitch they all received a rousing response from their watching fans.  

Date: Monday 26th May 2015
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich City (Home) vs Norwich City (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
Legends/Managers: Adam Drury, Adrian Forbes & Paul McVeigh
Match Officials: Lewis Venables, Peter Venables, Dave Jewell & Harvey Newstead

The Norwich City fans took to the pitch in high spirits after witnessing their team’s win in the Championship Play-Off at Wembley the day before! However the celebrations hadn’t affected their energy levels too much and the game started at 100 mph!

The Home team were led by Canaries Legend Adam Drury at the back, while the Aways had the imposing presence of fellow Legend Adrian Forbes in their side and it didn’t take long for Forbes to stamp his mark on the game. An exquisite clipped through ball found Mark Beare racing clear of the Home defence after 4mins, however the striker was denied by a fantastic reaction save from the foot of Home keeper Nick Enright. The danger wasn’t over though and when the corner was swung in from the right Andrew Coleman’s glancing header was helped into the net by Terry Rickeard, who was right on the goal-line (0-1).   

The Away side were full of confidence now and were playing the ball about impressively, however the Home side, led by Legend Adam Drury, were sticking to their task and kept them at bay in the early stages of the game.

The Home side had a good chance to equalise from an indirect free-kick on the edge of the area, however Mark Sweetlove’s low effort was charged down by the Away defence. However the pressure told and on 19mins centre half Luke Skelton doubled their lead after a fantastic surging run and cool finish (0-2).

The Away side continued to press and when Andrew Coleman powered a header towards goal from a corner it looked destined for the net, however Home keeper Nick Enright pulled off a fantastic point blank save. Away No 2 Terence Lapsley looked as though he would force the rebound home at the back post, however his opposite number Jason Armes did brilliantly to block his shot on the line.

The impressive Nick Enright made another smart stop a few minutes later to deny Mark Beare, however the almost telepathic combination of Skelton, Lapsley and Rickeard combined to play him in soon afterwards and this time Beare made no mistake, rounding the keeper before side footing home (0-3). With 27mins on the clock the Away side were already 3 goals to the good. 
The side in Black and Burgundy were on fire now and another great passing move allowed Lapsley the space to play another great through ball for the lively Mark Beare to race onto, this time the striker drew the keeper out of his goal and doubled his tally with a clever dinked finish over the diving Enright (0-4).

The Home team came roaring back and only a diving block from Forbes denied fellow Legend Drury getting his team in Yellow and Green on the scoresheet. Forbes then showed his attacking prowess with another pin-point ball to free Steve Davis on 32mins, the classy No 10 powered into the box and unselfishly squared the ball to Mark Mills and the impressive No 8 made no mistake, slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 18 yards out (0-5).  

The Away side were relentless in their pursuit of goals and within 2mins Away No 10 Steve Davis rounded the goalkeeper to score comfortably with his left foot and leave the Home team needing snookers (0-6)!

With just 4mins left until half-time the Home side were keen for a break after chasing shadows for most of the 1st half, however the Away team weren’t finished yet and when Steve Davis found himself free on the right he slotted a perfect ball to Terence Lapsley at the back post and the No 2 fired home from close range to bring 7 up (0-7). 

However the Home side eventually got the rewards their efforts deserved on 44mins. A quick throw in from St.John Cooper found Home No 9 Mark Sweetlove in space around 35 yards from goal, the skilful forward turned and cut inside before unleashing a powerful low effort from 25 yards that went right through the diving Roberto Donay (1-7).

That goal was to be the final effort of the half and the referee blew his whistle soon afterwards with the Away team comfortably ahead by 7 goals to 1. It had been an enthralling, all action, half of football and both teams were certainly glad to get the opportunity of a rest!

Half Time: Norwich City (Home) 1 - 7 Norwich City (Away)

The Away team came out full of purpose and within 2mins of the restart they were even further ahead. Receiving the ball with his back to goal Away No 9 Andrew Coleman did brilliantly to spin his marker, race towards the by-line and cut the ball back to Terry Rickeard who timed his run perfectly to side foot home from 5 yards out (1-8).  

At the other end Home No 6 Craig Swain came desperately close to narrowing the gap again, however his 1st time effort from the edge of the area clipped the far post and rebounded to safety. Next Mark Sweetlove cleverly engineered an opportunity for himself on the edge of the area, however his well struck shot was beaten away well by keeper Donay. Back came the Away team and the ever dangerous striker Andrew Coleman was unfortunate to see his goal-bound effort saved by keeper Enright. The Home team cleared the 1st corner, however when the next kick was swung in Steve Davis was in the right place to fire a left foot volley goalwards, the ball was heading for the top corner until Nick Enright acrobatically stuck out a hand to stop it, however he only delayed the inevitable and the ball bounced over the line and into the net (1-9).

Canaries Legend Paul McVeigh had replaced Adrian Forbes at halftime and at times he was running the game in midfield, and a great piece of skill in the area fashioned a chance for Mark Beare on the edge of the box, however his powerful volley was too high and it flew over the crossbar. McVeigh was then dis-possessed on the edge of his area by an alert tackle by Craig Swain, and the big No 6 immediately fired an effort towards the bottom corner, however Roberto Donay flung himself to his right and pushed the ball away from danger.

The Home keeper was called into action soon afterwards when good play by Adam Drury set up Dean Sealy for a shot from 20 yards out, the low effort was well struck but Donay again dealt with it comfortably. The Home team kept up the pressure and Craig Swain fired another effort goalwards, however Donay denied the No 6 again, saving well with his feet at the near post. The pressure finally told on 74mins, Adam Drury was found in space by a clever reverse pass by the tireless Daniel Mathew and the Legend looked up and saw Mark Sweetlove making a great run through the middle, he proceeded to find him with a fantastic inch-perfect through ball and the No 9 did the rest, sliding the ball expertly past the advancing Donay (2-9). 

The goal was a much deserved reward for the Home team’s improved 2nd half performance and they would have hoped it would have led to more. However the Away team responded in spectacular style by increasing their lead on 79mins with a wonder goal from Terry Rickeard! The ball was played to the classy midfielder 25 yards out and he had a quick look before curling an unstoppable left foot shot past Enright and into the top left corner (2-10). What way to bring up your hat-trick!

The Away team had their mojo back and within a minute some great combination play between Beare and Davis played in Andrew Coleman inside the area, and the deadly striker made no mistake, firing past the diving Enright from 10 yards (2-11).

The Away side almost went further ahead soon after when Tim Roberts almost forced the ball over the line from a corner, however keeper Enright stuck out a hand and only just prevented the ball going over line. The team in Black and Burgundy weren’t denied for long though and when Mark Beare was released by a perfect through ball from Steve Davis on 84mins, he skilfully chipped the advancing Enright for his hat-trick (2-12).

With the clock ticking down the Home side were pushing forward in a desperate attempt to get something from the game, however they were caught on the break on 88mins and when McVeigh released Davis who was running clear on the right side of the area he unselfishly squared the ball for Mark Beare who smashed his 4th goal of the game into the unguarded net (2-13).   

The Away team’s 13th goal was to prove the game’s last and the luckless Home team found themselves on the wrong end of a 13-2 loss. The team in Yellow and Green had given their all and fought hard every step of the way, however the impressive Away team ran out worthy winners in the end, with their classy passing game and clinical finishing making all the difference.   

Full time: Norwich City (Home) 2 - 13 Norwich City (Away)

Man of the Match (Home): Daniel Mathew
Man of the Match (Away): Mark Beare
Moment of the Match: Terry Rickeard

Home Team: Nick Enright, Jason Armes, Adam Drury, Darren Walker, Paul Hunt, Craig Swain, Daniel Mathew, St.John Cooper (C), Mark Sweetlove, Dean Sealy, Christopher Pidgeon, Martin Homberger, Dario Castagnola
Home Mascot: Luke Mathew

Away Team: Roberto Donay, Terence Lapsley, Adrian Forbes/Paul McVeigh, Luke Skelton, Tim Roberts, Terry Rickeard, Jamie Welsh, Mark Mills, Andrew Coleman, Steve Davis, Mark Beare, Andrew Wood
Away Mascot: Alfie Roberts