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Norwich City 2017

The sun was shining, the Carrow Road pitch was in great condition and it was a perfect morning for our two Norwich City teams to showcase their skills and raise money in the name of charity. The Canaries fans served up an entertaining and close game, but in the end 2 excellent goals from Gonzalo Rioja made the difference, earning his Away team a deserved 1-4 win.

Date: Monday 22nd May 2017
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich City (Home) vs Norwich City (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
Legends & Managers: Not Applicable
Match Officials: Peter Gibbins, John Fearns & Peter Haze

The Home side looked to take the advantage early on, the ball was played through into the path of No 11 Gareth Walker as he met the on-rushing Away GK but Walker’s effort on goal was just wide of the post. It was a good breakaway move which nearly led to the Home side getting their noses in front.

The Away side responded well and they started to create chances of their own. After some neat build up play down the left wing, the ball was laid into the path of No 5 Gary Brazier whose fierce effort was beaten away by the Home Goalie James Philpott.

The Away side, in Norwich’s Black Away strip, started to take control of proceedings, regularly pressing the Home team into making mistakes and therefore giving up the ball in the process, and their efforts were nearly awarded with a goal in the early stages of the game. After clearing their lines down the other end, the counter-attack was on and the ball found itself at the feet of Away No 7 Neil Wharton who blazed his effort over the bar. It was still goalless between the two teams as the half wore on.

The Away side piled on the pressure and the Home side in the famous Canary strip were restricted to playing on the counter attack and they were mostly finding themselves penned in to their own half. No 10 Alejandro Morello was weaving his magic for the Away side and his jinking run led to an effort from range which was comfortably saved by the Home GK.

The Home Captain Andrew Coleman had ‘enjoyed’ quite a preparation for his game, cycling an incredible 100+ miles the day before to raise charity funds for an Alzheimers charity, but the massive Canaries fan was still putting in a great shift all over the park and he even came close to opening the scoring when his well struck effort was well saved from long range by the Away Keeper.

The Away side’s slick passing was maintaining the pressure on the Home team’s defence and they eventually took the lead 30 mins in. A corner ball was whipped in from the right hand side and No 8 Gonzalo Rioja rose highest at the near post to power the ball home. It was a great set-piece routine straight from the training ground, allowing the Away side to take the advantage in the game (0-1).

The Home side were under pressure once again mere minutes after the restart as that man Alejandro Morello was on hand to force another fine save from the Home GK James Philpott. The ball was worked out to the edge of the box but Morello’s chipped shot was safely collected by the Goalie.

The Away side were still on top as half-time approached and they doubled their lead on the 41mins mark through No 7 Neil Wharton. The team in Black’s excellent passing game leading to a chance for Wharton, who coolly slotted the ball home from inside the area (0-2)

The 1st half finished with the Away side firmly in control of proceedings and their gameplan was clearly working as they ended the half with a two goal lead. The Home had given it their all but they had their work cut out trying to get back into the game.

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

The 2nd half started the same way the 1st finished with the Away side on top in the early proceedings. Making use of their set pieces, from the 1st corner of the 2nd half, the ball was worked to No 10 Alejandro Morello whose poked effort on goal was well held by Home GK Philpott. The Away side’s use of set pieces and short passing game was notably influenced by their South American contingent and the knowledge of each other’s game was also there for all to see.

After weathering the early storm, the Home team were starting to show some positive signs though. No 15 Gary Brazier (who switched teams at half time) had a free-kick which went just wide of the post and then moments later from a resulting corner, No 4 Simon Baillie headed just wide from the near post. The opening stages of the 2nd half was more end to end as the Home team were looking as though they were getting back into the game.

However the Away side started to regain control of the game and fashioned themselves a long range effort which brought out a fine stop from Philpott. Once again the play was slowly built around the edge of the Home side’s 18 yard box and the ball fell to No 14 Alex Veitch whose low drive was well save by the keeper.

The highlight of the game came courtesy of the Home No 15 Gary Brazier. A throw-in was awarded to the Home side and the ball was thrown to Brazier on the right side, the skilful left footer cut inside and unleashed a wonderful curling effort into the top left hand corner of the goal. Brazier’s wonder goal giving his Home side hopes of a comeback with 65 mins on the clock (1-2).

However the Away side almost added to their lead soon afterwards when a cross came in from the right hand side and found its way to No 11 Francisco Centeno, however the striker couldn’t shift the ball quick enough and on coming defender No 7 Jack Scullion-Stevenson made a last ditch tackle to prevent his side from going further behind.

Much to their disappointment the Home side were then caught napping on a breakaway attack from the Away side which ultimately led to their 3rd goal of the game on 77 mins. A cutback from the right hand side found No 10 Alejandro Morello in space for a shot and despite losing his footing slightly his excellent strike found the top right corner from the edge of the box (1-3).

The Home side tried all they could to get back into the game, but the Away side eventually put the game beyond doubt 5 mins later, with the skilful No 8 Gonzalo Rioja getting his 2nd of the game. The play was built well down the right hand side and No 7 Neil Wharton chipped the ball into the box for Rioja to get himself a brace with another fine header (1-4)

The Away team were buoyed by their goal and almost made it 5 moments later, this time from the opposite flank utilising the wings to full success. No 6 Eduardo Brandt had an attempt from the edge of the box which almost caught the Home GK out but luckily for the Home side Philpott was there to tip it round the edge of the post.

In the end it was a comfortable win for the Away team, with the team in Black’s excellent passing game giving them the edge and allowing them to take the honours 1-4. Huge credit to the Home team however, who showed tremendous fight during the game and undoubtedly produced the moment of the match through Gary Brazier!

Huge thanks again to all our Canaries fans for their fantastic support and efforts on the day and also of course to Norwich City FC for their tremendous support hosting our game for the 17th year running!

Full Time: Norwich City (Home) 1 - 4 Norwich City (Away)

Match Report written by Nathan Best (@bestyblogs)

Man of the Match Home: No.10 Andrew Coleman
Man of the Match Away: No.11 Alejandro Morello
Moment of the Match: No.15 Gary Brazier

Home Team: James Philpott, James Ludlum, Simon Baillie, Andrew Lumsden,
Paul Hunt, Jack Scullion-Stevenson, Mark Mills, Lee McGuinness, Andrew Coleman (C), Darren Walker, Daniel Seeley, Gary Brazier (A5), Tim Berry, Mark Mills (H8)
Home Mascot: Allysia Baillie, Frida Berry

Away Team: Sam Godsall, Adam Canning, Dean Twyman, Gary Brazier, Eduardo Brandt, Neil Wharton, Gonzalo Rioja (C), Alvaro Sanchez, Alejandro Morello, Francisco Centeno, Alex Veitch, Luis Vasconez, Jonathan McHardy, Sergio Rodriguez

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"Loved playing for @NorwichCityFC in my 2nd game for @FootballAid yesterday, amazing group of lads & a great game."
Jack Scullion-Stevenson - Home Team No.7

"Fantastic day yesterday, thanks again @FootballAid for another wonderful experience #footballaid #ncfc"
Alex Veitch - Away Team No.14

"Cheers @FootballAid for another fantastic day at Norwich city FC. Great to get the moment of the match award for the second year running, pleased with that goal at my age :)"
Gary Brazier - Home Team No.15

"Great day from start to finish, very well organised and for a great cause."
Lee McGuinness - Home Team No.9

"Another great day with Football Aid. See you next season."
Dean Twyman - Away Team No.4

"Fantastic day! Bucket list moment to play at Carrow Road."
Jonathan McHardy - Away Team No.16

"I love this sport. I love to share it with my friends and also I’m very proud to be part of another year of Football Aid."
Alejandro Morello - Away Team No.10

"We’ve come a long way to always finds happiness, joy and football with all Football Aid events. Thanks as always for the effort in putting this together and all other fantastic events."
Gonzalo Rioja - Away Team Captain & No.8

"Awesome bunch of guys, both home and away teams very nice and good work Football Aid."
Francisco Centeno - Away Team No.11

Well done Football Aid, a hot day but some good football on display. Pleasure to meet you all and hopefully we will meet up again. Great day, great game, great bunch of lads.
Andrew Lumsden - Home Team No.5