It was Soap Stars versus Soccer Supporters as stars of Channel 4's hit series Hollyoaks warmed up for the most hotly anticipated match of the charity season. Stars including Captain Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson), Chris Fountain (Justin Burton) and Ashley Taylor-Dawson (Darren Osborne) tackled one of their most challenging roles to date as they showed their support for the beautiful game's favourite charity Football Aid. Ex-Tranmere Rovers and Everton hero, Stuart Barlow was there to play alongside and give his advice to the Football Aid team, who were in for a fiercely competitive match.
Tuesday 20th May 2008
Football Aid vs Hollyoaks Celebrity FC
Prenton Park (Tranmere Rovers)
Match Officials: Alan Butler, Matthew Butler and Dave Chappell
Football Legend: Stuart Barlow
In the end a late penalty was enough to secure a draw for the Hollyoaks team in a fiercely contested game at Prenton Park. The first half goal for Football Aid, being cancelled out just 15 minutes from time.
A lot of good passing in a tight midfield was ultimately let down by the action in the final third where both sides were continually foiled by the offside trap, leading to a lack of clear-cut chances. The Football Aid defence was dominant in the air and some good pressing made it frustrating for the Hollyoaks attacker Chris Fountain who looked lively down the right hand side.
It was Football Aid that took the lead. A cross into the box from the right wing was mishandled by Hollyoaks goalkeeper Scott Flann, allowing for Peter O'Donnell to roll the ball into the empty net, and take the lead for his side.
The Football Aid side had the chance to extend their lead shortly after the break but poor finishing did little to further test Scott Flann. The second half saw play turn a bit scrappy, with Football Aid goalkeeper Daren Bach keeping his side in front with a string of great saves. A Hollyoaks attack down the left wing produced one of the best saves when the ball was cut back inside and the goalkeeper did well to get down low to block the shot from close range.
An equaliser seemed inevitable and it eventually came with 15 minutes left of the match. A Hollyoaks player was judged to have been held back inside the area and Ashley Taylor-Dawson calmly slotted home the resulting penalty.
Aid had a golden opportunity to score the winner in the dying seconds.
Goal-scorer Peter O'Donnell had the goalkeeper beaten but he saw his shot come
cruelly back off the post before a Hollyoaks defender cleared the ball off the
Full Time: Football Aid Select 1 - 1 Hollyoaks
Man of the Match (Home) - Daren Bach
Man of the Match (Away) - Sam Townsend
Moment of the Match - Gary Stobbs
Football Aid Team:
Daren Bach, Matthew Watkinson, Michael Lott, Paul King, Nigel Drein, Barry
Maclure, David Marsh, Zayn Malooq, Gary Stobbs (c), Daniel Green, Peter
O'Donnell, Stuart Barlow, Michael Bowerman, Luke Edwards.
Mascots: Emma Lott, Andrew Lott and Gregory Cooper.
Hollyoaks Team: Scott Flann, John Pickard, Nick Pickard (c), Liam Byatt, David Judge, Ashley Taylor-Dawson, Philip Oliver, Paul Byatt, Ricky Whittle, Nico Mirallegro, Chris Fountain, Jake Hendriks, Sam Townsend, Joseph Adekoya, Andrew Ware
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