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The RBSI International Match Review

The RBS International Jersey Festival of Football

Game 1, Springfield Stadium, 29th September 2007

RBS International Home 6 – 5 RBS International Away

A hat trick from former England International Graeme Le Saux helped RBS International Home to a narrow victory in this thrilling encounter at Springfield Stadium.

The match started at a frantic pace as both teams attempted to gain the upper hand in this open and exciting encounter. RBS International Away started brightly but were soon caught on the break by Le Saux as he broke from inside his own half to give his side the lead with a cool finish. Le Saux added another on thirty-five minutes before the Away side began to take control of the match.

The period that bridged half time saw the Away team knock in five goals without reply as Danny McGrain’s men dominated. Viv Anderson opened the Away team’s account before goals from Kerr and McCallum made it 3-2 at half time. Kerr showed excellent composure in the box and after a well-executed turn, shot high past the stranded Sheldon.

The second half started as the first had ended as Anderson bagged his second of the match and Kerr also completed his brace. At 5-2 the match should have been over but the home side had other ideas.

Kevin Gallacher made it 5-3 as RBS International Home applied increasing pressure to their opponent’s defence. Centre half Wilson put in a number of crucial interceptions and goalkeeper Walker was in inspired form, saving a goal bound Gallacher free kick. However, even defensive heroics could not contain the Home side as Le Saux completed his hat trick before the equaliser was scored with only a few minutes remaining.

As the final whistle beckoned the game seemed destined for extra time before the Home side won a penalty. The honour of snatching the last minute winner was reserved for man of the match Ruiz, who calmly slotted home with only seconds remaining to give the Home side a dazzling victory in this roller coaster of a football match.

Home Team: Sheldon, Dickson, Le Saux, McLaughlin, Walsh, Gonzalez, Heath, Greenwood, Barnett, Ruiz, Cory, Gallacher, Hogan, Baxter, Wickendon, Dixon

Player/Manager: Pat Nevin

Away Team: Walker, Winton, Anderson, Wilson, McGoldrick, Luscombe, Flynn Welsh, McCallum, Peters, Brown, Waddle, Kerr, Groman, Latin, Baillie

Player/Manager: Danny McGrain