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Chelsea Game 1 2008

It was a special day at Stamford Bridge, as Football Aid joined forces with children's charity CLIC Sargent. Just three weeks earlier the 1st team had graced the same pitch against Bolton Wonderers in the last game of the season.

However stars like Michael Ballack and John Terry were merely distant memories for the Chelsea fans preparing to watch the boys in blue take on their Away team counterparts The Bridge.

Friday 30th May 2008
Chelsea Home vs Chelsea Away
Stamford Bridge
KO: 10:30 am
Match Officials: Mark Taylor, Gavin Muge, Pete Saggers and Richard Kendall

An excitable atmosphere awaited the sides as they took to the field, lead out by Captains Barry Fleming and Gareth Shaw. The Home team were the first to find some space and move in for the attack, however a good interception by Daniel Bosdet allowed the Away Team to recover from the initial shock and move up the park. Soon after, the Home defence could only clear the ball for a series of corners, as the away attack set out to prove its strength.

Chris Myatt continued the Away team's string of attempts on goal, however a great effort from inside the box was superbly blocked by the Home keeper Chris Horsfield. He was called into action again moments later, when the first attempt by Captain Gareth Shaw was lobbed at Horsfield from long range, only to go just over the bar. This was further warning to the Home Team that the Away team were not letting up in their quest to find the back of the net.

With 24 minutes gone, the Home side were given their chance to take the lead. A great through-ball from Captain Barry Fleming found Daniel Marsh in space, however Away keeper Gary Thomas was out of his goal quickly to clear the danger. Straight back into action, Fleming showed composure again in the centre of midfield, and shot, perhaps prematurely, with the ball landing straight in the grateful keeper's arms.

The Home team were however not giving up, and as the Away team started to push back up the pitch, centre midfielder John Cooper commanded the right of defence as though it was his natural position. However not even his efforts could deny the inevitable Away goal. Barry MacLure's direct pass to Gareth Shaw allowed the striker to use his pace and slot the ball past the keeper into the net.

It was shaping up to be an enthralling end to the half, with a further three goals to come before the half time whistle. First of all a rebounded attempt on goal landed at the feet of the Away team's Nicholas Wellings, who responded by firing his shot into the back of the net from six yards to double the away score. In the 44th minute, a moment's lapse in concentration by the Away team allowed the Home team to get a goal back. Great interplay between siblings Philip and Daniel Marsh led to the latter side-footing the ball into the far corner, and getting the Home Team onto the scoreboard just before half-time. Unfortunately for them, celebrations were cut short, and the attack by the Away team from the restart led to their third goal. Gareth Shaw again used his skill to force the ball into the box, only for his strike to be cleared back out by Horsfield. However the captain managed to regain possession and squared the ball to Wellings, who shot straight into an open goal for his second of the morning.

Just as everyone thought the half time whistle was about to be blown, injury time was played, and this allowed for the Away team to try and sneak in another goal before half time, with Matt Edwell's shot going just wide of the post. Philip Marsh went on the retaliation, and managed to cruise past three Away players, only for his pass into the box to result in an offside decision being given.

Half Time: Chelsea Home 1-3 Chelsea Away

The second half began much as it had left off, with the Away team looking the more dominant of the two sides. Away striker Matt Edwell dropped deep for the first part of the half, whilst the rest of the team continued to press up the pitch.

However a goal five minutes into the half revived the hopes of the Home Team. Again, the Marsh brothers were on hand to provide the entertainment, with Philip Marsh's shot fumbled by the keeper, right to the feet of brother Daniel Marsh, who rounded the keeper and tapped it into the net.

Next up a free kick was awarded to the Away team, and as Edwell's shot looked as though it may have gone in, defender Chris McGonigle marshalled the back four in their attempts to block the kick. The shot fired towards keeper Thomas, who punched it out only for the ball to be collected by Wellings, and the midfielder, looking for his hat-trick, unluckily hit the side netting with his powerful shot.

Although the Away side enjoyed almost all of the possession for the next ten minutes, they were unable to capitalise on their lead, and any chance they created was being restricted to shots from outside the box. With exactly 15 minutes to go, Daniel Marsh was back looking for his hat-trick, the initial shot was blocked by the Away defence, and on the rebound, Marsh had a one-on-one with only the keeper to beat. And he duly did. This third goal for the Home team meant they were level for the first time in the game.

The Away team tried everything in their power to regain their lead, forcing the Home team to sit deep into their half and keeper Horsfield was called into action a few times. However he coped well, collecting a number of crosses and corners comfortably, ensuring the score remained the same going into the final few minutes. However there was a moment of panic for the Home team with 3 minutes to go, when double goal scorer Wellings converted a header from close range, only for it to be disallowed for offside. The Away team kept pushing, and when a corner was given in the 89th min, even keeper Gary Thomas came up to increase their chances, however it was to be to no avail. It proved an extremely exciting end to what proved to be a very close match in the end, despite the early dominance of the Away team. Football Aid Ball

Full Time: Chelsea Home 3-3 Chelsea Away

Man of the Match (Home): Philip Marsh

Man of the Match (Away): Nicholas Wellings

Moment of the Match: Daniel Marsh

Home Team: Horsfield, Thompson, McGonigle, Philpot, Fleming, David Marsh, Stringer, Smith, P.Marsh, Daniel Marsh Subs: Cooper, Donlon, Jones
Mascots: James and Samuel Philpot

Away Team: Thomas, Clark, Hinz, Davies, Myatt, Wellings, O'Shaugnessy, Edwell, Maclure, Shaw Subs: Andrews, Pearce, Bosdet
Mascots: Maddy Clair Myatt and Chelsea Wellings



There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his 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 -

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