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Leeds United Game 1 2006

Wednesday 10th May, Elland Road

Leeds United (Home) 5 Leeds United (Away) 1

The sun shone on the first Football Aid game of 2006 to be played at Elland Road. Although the temperature didn’t affect the pace of the game as the Home team clinched a decisive 5-1 victory over their Away rivals.

After a quick pep talk in the tunnel by Peter Lorimer, both sides couldn’t wait for the whistle to sound at Elland Road. Shouts of encouragement echoed through the stadium from the excited support as proud families and friends entered into the spirit of the day.

The Away team went on the attack first with some great interplay down the right wing between Warburton and Exley. A swift counter attack saw the Home side’s Jenkins shoot wide in the 7th minute and this set the scene for the rest of the game.

Both sides continued brightly with Home No 9 Moore showing off his skills and was rewarded with the breakthrough goal in the 29th minute. He drilled a low shot past Away keeper Sansum – 1-0 to the Home team.

A few minutes later Sandhu had a great ping from the corner flag applauded by the crowd but the whistle went for a foul in the box.

But the Away team weren’t out of the game yet. Desperate for an equaliser no 17 Away Paynter had a superb solo effort cut short and play raged to the other end but ended with the ball screaming over the crossbar.

The Home team’s number 4 Beno might have been stuck in traffic, but he certainly made up for it when he came on the park. His mazy run was wasted in the 34th minute when no-one connected with his through ball.

Balls kept flying into both boxes and Home Keeper Daniels made a superb stop to deny Jim Dove. The score might have been 2-0 going in at half time had Sandhu’s effort not been flagged offside.

The second half started again with some more skilful play from the Home team, this time between Gibson and Moore. It was starting to look like Glasgow city centre there was so much one-way traffic.

50 minutes saw the Home side double their lead thanks to a good team effort which No 8 Gibson popped in the net, and 12 minutes later striker Moore makes it 3-0; a great goal driven high into the net from an awkward angle.

Some good skill was on show by this point and a break down the left side for the Away team resulted in No 15 Walker shooting just wide of the mark. The Away team really needed a goal to get back on track but in the 78th minute all hope is wiped out when the Home teams’ Gibson is again on target – 4-0.

Two minutes later though the duck is broken and the Away team snatch a consolation goal. No 9 Warburton picks up the ball 25 yards out and some nimble footwork sees him skip past Adrian Daniels and slot the ball neatly into the corner- 5-1.

Unfortunately for the Away team this just made the Home team angry and a flighted ball in from the left wing is met spectacularly on the volley by Moore again and crashes home into the roof of the net.

A fine game; final score 5-1 to the Home team.