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Liverpool Game 1 2006

Friday 5th May, Anfield, Att 107

Liverpool (Home) 3 Liverpool (Away) 5

Despite a late surge from Neal’s men, Liverpool Away held on for victory in an entertaining start to the Liverpool FC leg of the Football Aid Championships.

The first half began at great pace and it was the Home side that made all the running with some great runs down the right. Despite their early pressure Phil Neal’s men couldn't make it count and Liverpool Away made them pay on ten minutes.

Catching the Home defence napping, Away broke into the area and Mark Kitchen with time and space on his hands, unleashed a stinging strike that swept past keeper Roberts and into goal.

Neal’s men managed to contain the Away team for the rest of the half despite the visitors pushing hard to lengthen their lead and came close on several occassions themselves. Substitute Cane’s shot skimmed wide in the 30th minute and Braham was frustrated to see his two attempts acrobatically saved by Campbell.

It was a different story after the break as Away came blazing out the blocks and bombarded a shell shocked Home side. Kitchen scored his second in the 1st minute, a beautiful dipping volley that curled out of Roberts reach and skipper Pearce added a third from a penalty.

Only three minutes later, it was 0-4 as the ball met once more with Pearce’s boot. A gorgeous through ball into the penalty area was deftly controlled by the striker who simply chipped the ball high over an advancing Roberts.

Despite the score, a tenacious Home side continued to battle. Their biggest obstacle was an on form Campbell who pulled off one magnificent save after the next. Chapman’s thumping effort in the 13th minute was expertly blocked and a superb solo effort from Osijo was brushed aside with ease.

Away looked to have the game wrapped up in the 75th minute when substitute Godfrey swept upfield on a break. A feint left beat Roberts and the keeper could only look on in horror as the silky striker tapped the ball cooly home.

But Home were determined to score and their hard work paid off only a minute later in spectacular fashion. The hard-working Sanchez-Myles rammed a scorching shot into the roof of the net to bring the Home team back into the game.

Confidence boosted, Neal’s men became more aggressive in their play, winning the ball and charging towards goal on the attack. Substitute Cane was delighted to finally get the ball into the back of the net in the 80th minute and Away were put firmly on the back foot for the final few minutes of play.

To their relief the ever vigilant Campbell saved a penalty in the 84th minute but there was no stopping Clarke's goal in the final minute which screamed past the keeper to make the final score 3-5 to the delight of Away Manager Brian Hall.

As David Cane commented after the match, “I'd just like to say a huge thanks for giving me the best day of my life! To score at Anfield is something I will not forget for the rest of my life. Robbie Fowler eat your heart out! I enjoyed the whole day, as did my Dad and Brother who made the journey up from London with me. Has Rafa Benitez been in touch yet? If he calls, I am available and a three year contract should do...”

**** Please email barbara.davidson@footballaid.com with details of this goal!