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Spurs Game 1 2006

Match Report Tottenham Hotspur 2006

Football Aid Championship, Game 1, 13:00pm, Tuesday 2nd May, White Hart Lane, att 146

Spurs (Home) 2 Spurs (Away) 4

Superb strikes from Gough, Dove and Aksoy and a confident finish from Buzzanca lit up the first game of the Spurs leg of the Football Aid Championships as Scales’ Away squad won in style.

After a tentative start from both sides, the first half burst into life on the half hour when Harrington’s stunning strike screamed past keeper Hall putting the Home side ahead. His raucous celebrations were shortlived however as no goalkeeper in the world could have stopped Gough’s sweeping shot which flew into the left hand side of Doug Nash’s net, two minutes later.

Barely giving the appreciative crowd time to draw breath, Scales’ squad went on the rampage again and their aggressive attacking paid off just before half time when Dove’s curling shot whipped out of Nash’s reach into goal. The score at half time, a hard fought 1-2 to Spurs Away.

The second half continued at the same frantic pace with Home desperately searching for an equaliser. Salvation came in the form of substitute Andy Mac Tigue as after being fouled by keeper Hall, he calmly slotted home the resulting penalty to give Spurs Home hope.

But Home’s party mood was interrupted 5 minutes later when in the 57th minute, midfielder Aksoy fired home with a crisp shot to give Away the lead once more.

With thirty minutes to go and everything to play for, the game picked up a gear and the chances flew thick and fast. Griffin deftly beat two defenders before firing his attempt at goal, forcing a fine reflex save from Hall but again, it was Away that produced the goods. In the 65th minute, Buzzanca raced clear down the pitch and produced a classy finish past Nash to lengthen their lead to 4-2.

Away continued to look dangerous but Nash pulled off a dramatic penalty save in the final fifteen minutes to deny Buzzanca a double and Away their fifth goal of the match. The final score, 4-2 to an impressive Away side.

As Nash commented after the match, “A big thank you to everyone at Football Aid for making the game at Spurs yesterday one of the best days of my life - it really was a dream come true! The fact that I saved a penalty in the goal where the great Pat Jennings played was the icing on the cake! Thoroughly enjoyed the day from start to finish and see you next year!”