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Chelsea Game 2 2005

Saturday 21st May, Stamford Bridge, Kick Off 15.00

CHELSEA HOME 7 CHELSEA AWAY 4

The gloomy weather continued into the afternoon but did not dampen spirits in any way. The players from Game 2 arrived in time to see the ecstatic players from Game 1, still high from the morning’s activities. This created a buzz of excitement, which reached fever pitch when the new arrivals met their Celebrity Captains and Managers for the day. Clive Walker (Home) and Jason Cundy (Away) were the playing captains whilst Gary Chivers (Home) took on the role as Manager.

The Away team began the game in fine style, attacking hard and causing consternation for the Home’s side defence early on. Their perseverance was rewarded when Anthony Davies pushed his side foot finish past goalie Hugh Rosen after 10 minutes.

However, once Chivers’ men had tamed the initial pressure, they constructed a number of their own attacks and soon took command of the half. Clive Walker scored the much searched for equaliser with striker Colin White snatching the lead for the Home side with a sizzling strike powering past Silver after a slight deflection off defender David Treadwell in the 25th minute. 5 minutes later, confidence boosted, White sent a cheeky chip over the keeper into the net with midfielder Paul Flynn following suit shortly after with his own great lob. Home’s dazzling display culminated with White completing his hat trick flashing a hard, low shot past a stunned Hadley Silver.

The second half was a fantastic battle that left the noisy, appreciative crowd gasping for breath. Away kicked off with renewed confidence, putting pressure on the Home side, testing an underused Hugh Rosen with aggressive attempts at goal. A penalty in the 60th minute was confidently taken by defensive dynamo David Marsh, sending Rosen the wrong way to make the score 5-2. Away continued their impressive run with Michael Treadwell outpacing Chivers’ defence to score a stunning goal, 5 minutes later.

Home retaliated quickly with an attack of their own. After some beautiful forward play, Christos Hajipapas hammered in their 6th goal to halt Away’s heroic comeback. Not to be outdone, Away came back with Michael Treadwell enjoying his double, sending the ball high past keeper, Rosen. Further hopes of recovery were dashed by Christos scoring his second goal of the match to make the final score 7-4 to a determined Home side.

Man of the match was a tough decision for the Celebrity Captains and Managers but was finally awarded to goalie Hugh Rosen for his match winning saves and master of the midfield, Michael Treadwell.

As David Ronson commented after the match, “What a fabulous experience! I loved every minute! Can't wait to repeat it again next year!”

Kris Weaver continued, “It was everything and more than I expected. Thank you so much for a great day and see you next year!”

Event Photography and Filming - Over 500 fantastic action photos of each match at Stamford Bridge are available from Matt Nuttall Photography, please visit his website for full order details – www.mattnuttallphotography.co.uk
In addition there is a superb DVD of each game available, these include footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at - neishka@blueyonder.co.uk
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