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West Ham 2006

Tuesday 9th May, Upton Park

West Ham (Home) 1 West Ham (Away) 5

A double from midfield powerhouse Nicholas Healey helped West Ham Away stroll to a 5-1 victory in a sun-kissed Upton Park in the West Ham United leg of the Football Aid Championships.

Away pressed hard right from the start and after only 8 minutes opened up the scoring. A flighted ball in from the right was knocked down to Healey’s feet and he made no mistake from 12 yards, sending the ball whistling past keeper Turner.

Home answered immediately after the restart with a sweeping forward attack. Midfielder Barry picked up a great through ball and struck well to even the score.

Gaining confidence from the goal Home continued to apply pressure and enjoyed a hatful of chances accumulating in a superb surge forward from Jones down the left wing. The centre half skipped past Away’s defence through into the penalty area but while his shot had power, it pulled past the left post.

Away soon found their stride again and snatched the lead in 29th minute. A perfectly judged cross from the right wing by midfielder McGarry was squarely met by a leaping Simon Mason whose header hammered into the net.

West Ham Away took commanding control of the second half and the goals flowed in. A free kick awarded in the 4th minute saw Away nicely positioned 20 yards from goal. Legend Ray Stewart stepped up to show why he made a record 431 appearances for West Ham during his career and sent a delicious curving ball inside the left post and past an unsighted Turner into the net.

Not content with a 2 goal lead, Away soon scored again. This time after a tense goalmouth scramble which saw Lee Healey eventually push the ball over the line to make it 1-4.

Minutes later and Away were on the prowl again, giving the Home defence no pause for breath. A break down the left resulted in striker Lee Healey sprinting towards goal. He sent a perfect pass across the face of goal for a charging Nicholas Healey to run onto, who side footed into the net to make his double.

On the half hour, after Home enjoying some good possession, substitute Beszczynski was taken down in the box. A confident Bach saved the resulting spot kick but the referee ordered it to be retaken as Back was off his line. Beszczynski stepped up once more but Bach pulled off an amazing double save to keep the score at 1-5.

Final Score 5-1

As Away forward Lee Healey commented after the match, “Well, what can I say, a truly amazing evening, one of the best nights of my life. It was well organised, the information before the game was spot on, all of the football aid staff are superb.

“Credit to West Ham and the West Ham staff, who 2 years running have been very relaxed with everyone (we didn't feel like we were intruding, the pitch and the facilities really feel like ours for the night). Credit also to the legends, it's fantastic to play on the same team as them.”

“And of course, we had a great game. I've been replaying my goal on my phone every day since, as one of the spectators happened to catch it on their mobile phone. A yellow card for ditching the shirt and everything! So all in all a fantastic night!”