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Blackburn Rovers 2008

Just over 24 hours after the Blackburn Rovers first eleven had played their last game of the season, the fans took pride of place in the tunnel at Ewood Park. Lining up where Roque Santa Cruz and David Bentley had been only weeks previously, both sides were readily anticipating their match on their Field of Dreams.

Blackburn Rovers Home vs Blackburn Rovers Away
Ewood Park 12th May 2008
KO: 19:00 pm
Match Officials: Stuart Delmonte and Guy Thrower
Legends: Kevin Gallacher, Simon Ireland and Richard Brown

Early on both sides looked eager to attack, but the first break of the game fell to the Home side, with an early chance headed just wide of the post by Adam Turner. Moments later, Turner continued his side's domination with a fantastic left-footed effort from 20 yards, but once more the shot just could not find the back of the net.

The Home side were well on top now and a great strike from Home Captain Charles Street looked to be going in, however Goalkeeper Steve Willis was equal to it and with an excellent save, turned the ball round the post for a corner.

The Home Team continued to press forward, resulting in a great long range effort from Daniel Crossley. The winger's shot was tipped over the net by Willis, resulting in another corner for the Home team. A resulting header hit off of the crossbar and the Away defence instantly cleared the danger.

The Away team created their first real chance of the game, with some creative play in the centre of the pitch. It was Paul John Smedley who had the first shot on goal, but his volley went just wide of Chris Lasswell's net. This shot however was cancelled out by an immediate retaliation by Wayne Wild, whose pass found Adam Turner in space and the striker was not nearly as hesitant as the Away defence, as he tucked the ball home from close range for the Home side to take the lead.

The Home team persisted for a second goal, however a great save from Willis prevented the side from extending their lead. The Away team had a great chance to equalize with just over ten minutes to go until half-time, however Steven Smedley's shot was well saved by Lasswell.

Both Crossley and Turner exchanged passes down the right of the midfield before the goalscorer tried for a second. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, and the shot went high over the bar. Minutes later, Charles Street made it 2-0 to the Home team after Martin McMullan's strike rebounded off of Willis, and the captain finished with a goal from close range.

Again, the Away team fought on, with defender Chris Fenton producing a great block from yet another Home Team strike. This was to no avail however as Adam Turner made it 3-0 with a clinical finish moments from the half time whistle.

Half Time: Blackburn Rovers Home Team 3-0 Blackburn Rovers Away Team

The fired up Home Team began just as they left off, with Daniel Crossley rounding the keeper barely minutes into the second half, and smashing the ball into the net. Shortly after, Adam Turner scored his hat-trick, with a fine goal to make it 5-0, and then to add further insult to injury, Daniel Crossley made it 6-0, firing the ball over the keeper into the roof of the net.

No more than a few minutes had passed before a moment of magic enabled the Away team to grab their first goal. A great through-ball from Michael Waldie found Steven Smedley, and the striker tucked the ball past Chris Lasswell to get the Away Team on the score sheet. The celebration was nearly short lived, as substitute Ryan Walsh came quick to retaliate, however his chance hit the bar.

Smedley had a great chance to double the Away team's total, however instead he volleyed the ball high over the net. Minutes later, the striker tried again, and although he was through on goal with only the keeper to beat, his shot on goal was just wide. Shortly after the Away team did get a goal back to make it 6-2 (scorer tbc).

However the Home Team was still looking the more comfortable side and the blue and white defence (marshalled superbly by Kevin Gallacher!) were coping well with anything their visitors could conjure. Their dominance resulted in another goal from the Home Team's half time substitute Michael Clapham, whose impressive finish led to a memorable celebration by the midfielder.

The Away Team pressed on to find another goal, and it nearly came in the form of Michael Waldie, with his outstanding strike from 25 yards flying just over the net. The Away team continued their pressure with Legend Richard Brown taking a shot on goal, however Home goalkeeper Chris Lasswell managed a sublime save, and turned the shot around the post for a corner.

It was centre half Barry Walker who found the third and final goal for the Away team, with a great finish from just inside the box to complete what had been an entertaining second half.

Full Time: Blackburn Rovers Home Team 7-3 Blackburn Rovers Away Team



Man of the Match (Home) - Charles Street

Man of the Match (Away) - Steve Willis
Moment of the Match - Michael Clapham

Home Team: Lasswell, Clayton, Gallacher, Higham, Thorpe, Carr, Crossley, Wild, McMullan, Street, Turner, SUBS: Clapham, Thorpe, Mason, Walsh
Mascot - Leighton Owen Clarkson

Away Team: Willis, Khan, Ireland, Brown, Fenton, Walker, P.Smedley, Currie, Clark, S.Smedley, Wolstencroft, Waldie, SUBS: Timbrell, Sinnett, Rewaj
Mascot: Rhys Sinnett-Yorke

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND DVD/FILMING DETAILS

There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his www.mattnuttallphotography.co.uk website for full order details.

In addition there is a superb DVD available, it includes 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 - wilkie002@ntlworld.com

A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s nominated charities.