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Sheffield United 2017

Monday evening football saw Football Aid head to the famous Bramall Lane ground, Home of The Blades. Two highly competitive Sheffield United Home and Away teams battled it out in an entertaining and thrilling game, with Legends Peter Duffield and Carl Bradshaw’s Away team coming out 2-5 victors against Tony Currie and David Holdsworth’s Home team. Both teams certainly treated their fans to a feast of great football and served up some fantastic goals.


Date: Monday 8th May
Venue: Bramall Lane
Sheffield United (Home) vs Sheffield United (Away)
Kick Off: 18:30 pm
Legends & Managers: Tony Currie, David Holdsworth, Peter Duffield & Carl Bradshaw
Match Officials: Sam Clayton, Jacob Guest & Aaron Hallam


The near perfect conditions for the Football Aid players meant that both sides could play any style of football and in the early stages of the game, the Home side opted to sit deep and counter attack whilst the Away side looked to build up play and retain possession.

It was a fast start by both sides and the spectators only had to wait 5 mins to see the ball in the back of the net, with Away No 8 Martyn Standering giving his side an early lead thanks to great play down the right by Away No 20 Lee Sweeney. The striker cleverly played in Away No 7 Ben Etches who, with time and space, picked out Standering at the far post and the winger bravely looped his header over the goalkeeper (0-1).

The Away team’s start to the game got even better when they doubled their lead on 8 mins thanks to Away No 9 Ricky Blades. The forward did well to finish from close range after being played in by Away No 20 Lee Sweeney who had intercepted the ball in the Home penalty box and accurately cut the ball back to Blades to finish with great composure (0-2).

Despite the dry conditions, it seemed as though the Home team needed to weather the attacking storm of the Away team, and finally created a good chance of their own after a brilliant driving run from Home No 10 James Munson, when the centre mid was tackled on the edge of the box, the ball trickled to the feet of Home No 6 Colm Henderson, and his well struck effort from range looped high and found the roof of the net.


The Home team continued to look for a way back into the game and almost did so on 32 mins after a shot-come-cross from Home No 10 James Munson caused some problems for Away No 1 Gary Corby. With Home players running onto the Away stopper, he had to quickly react and prevent conceding what would have been an unfortunate goal.

The standout player for the Home team, No 10 James Munson, then got his side a deserved goal and a vital foothold back in the game on 37 mins. The midfielder managing to intercept a short distributed goal kick, play a clever one-two pass with Home No 11 captain Dan Abbott in the box and finish strongly on his left foot at the near post (1-2).


Just moments after scoring, confidence was very high in the Home team ranks and after quickly stealing possession back from the restart, Home captain Dan Abbott skilfully back-heeled a ball into the path of the on-running Colm Henderson who, after cutting onto his right foot inside the box, appeared to have been caught by the elbow of Away No 4 Timothy Corby, but no penalty was given by the referee.

In an attempt to regain a two-goal cushion before half time, the Away team had the ball in the back of the net again after Away No 7 Ben Etches drilled a left foot shot on goal and Home keeper No 51 Allan Todd made a good save into the path of the on-running Away No 10 Ryan Barker, however Todd reacted quickly to get both hands on the ball and the goal was rightly disallowed.

The ref’s whistle went for half time soon afterwards, with the Away side maintaining their narrow 1 goal advantage. With the game so close, and both sides playing some great football, it was all to play for in the 2nd 45mins.


Half Time: Sheffield Utd Home 1-2 Sheffield Utd Away

The early stages of the 2nd half began in similar fashion to the 1st half, with the Away side looking the more dangerous on the attack, and they had the ball in the back of the net once again, only for Away No 9 Ricky Blades to be adjudged offside after an excellently held defensive line by the Home team on 51 mins.

However just minutes later, Away No 9 Ricky Blades was able to get his second goal of the game, with Away No 7 Ben Etches once again setting up the goal by drilling in a low pin point cross from down the right allowing Blades to finish strongly past the goalkeeper from close range to once again give his side a two-goal cushion (1-3).

It looked to go from bad to worse for the Home team as on 59 mins, they found themselves conceding again, this time captain and Away No 6 Dean Hughes hit a superb effort from outside a crowded penalty box, after an initial Away corner could only be cleared to the path of the centre mid on the edge of the box (1-4).


Home keeper No 51 Allan Todd then saw his short distribution from a goal kick pressured by the Away team on 71 mins and thankfully a last ditch tackle was made by playing Legend David Holdsworth in order to stop his side conceding another goal.

That was a key moment which saw the Home team go on to score minutes later, with Home No 10 James Munson able to bag a brace, but all credit must go to the captain Dan Abbott who had the impressive Away No 4 Timothy Corby turning inside out, after his shot was impressively saved onto the crossbar by Away keeper Gary Corby, Munson was in the right place to head in the bouncing ball on the goal line (2-4).

Just as the Home team had given themselves some hope of a comeback, Away captain No 6 Dean Hughes crushed their dreams and made sure of the victory on 79 mins with a superbly curled effort directly from a free kick on the edge of the box. The skilful centre mid’s effort leaving the Home keeper scrambling to make the save but he couldn’t do anything about the strike which saw the Away side regain a three-goal cushion and Hughes bag his brace (2-5).

The Home side didn’t give up and drop their heads however, and they managed to carve out another great chance on 81 mins. An out-swinging corner was met by a Home player’s head, only for the Away keeper Gary Corby to make an outstanding reflex save from close range, allowing the Away defence to clear their lines.

That was to be the last major action of the game and the Away team saw the game out, securing a fantastic 2-5 victory over the Home team. Full marks to both sets of players for their excellent efforts throughout the match and their fantastic support for the charity.

Huge thanks to Sheffield United for their excellent continued support of Football Aid and to Blades Legends Tony Currie, David Holdsworth, Peter Duffield & Carl Bradshaw for contributing their invaluable experience to an incredible event.

Full Time: Sheffield Utd Home 2-5 Sheffield Utd Away

Man of the Match Home: No.10 James Munson
Man of the Match Away: No.4 Timothy Corby
Moment of the Match: No.6 Dean Hughes

Home Team: Allan Todd, Simon Walker, David Holdsworth, Kit Walker, Daniel Munson, Colm Henderson, Martin Walker, Daniel Stone, Ian Beverley, James Munson, Dan Abbott (C), Andrew Moore, Daniel Munson (H5), Jamie Booth, Julian Taylor,
Home Manager: Tony Currie
Home Mascot: Joey Abbott

Away Team: Gary Corby, Daniel Wager, Carl Bradshaw, Timothy Corby, Ricky Blades, Dean Hughes (C), Ben Etches, Martyn Standering, Ricky Blades, Ryan Barker, Lee Sweeney, Martyn Sanderson
Away Manager: Peter Duffield
Away Mascot: Reggie Blades

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY
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MATCHDAY DVD
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
"Well what can you say about Football Aid?  Firstly it enables people like you and me, yes YOU to meet some of their heroes for a football match at the home of your own team. On the actual grass in the actual stadium. Playing and being managed by ex-players is all part of the experience and one that any football fan of their team would be hard pressed to beat.
The whole experience of arriving in the changing rooms and seeing the kit with your name on hanging on that peg, the team talk from a legend, running out of that tunnel to the music and fans.
A totally spirited game of football from two teams living the dream, (and the aches and pains).
This really is an expertly organised event by the guys from Football Aid and nothing is missing from the experience. At the end of the day we must also add that it is first and foremost about raising money for charity. This way of raising vital funds means everybody's a winner.
I have been involved in three matches so far with my two sons and every year it just gets better and better.
We have now achieved a man of the match award each. I'm 57 next year and I would dearly love to play again. I'd better start saving."
Gary Corby - Away Team No.1

"Just wanted to say thanks again for all your help with the match at Bramall Lane. Andrew really enjoyed the occasion, and seeing all the friends and family who were there to support him was a great surprise. It was a great occasion, which he will never forget. Many thanks again for all your assistance."
Gillian Moore - Spectator

"What a fantastic way to celebrate my 60th Birthday and 50 years of watching the mighty Blades. Thanks to you all!"
Andrew Moore - Home Team No.60

"Unbelievable Jeff!! You guys are the best."
Timothy Corby - Away Team No.4

Match Report written by Sam Bettany (@bettany_sam)