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Liverpool Game 1 2007

Football Aid Championships, Friday May 18th, Anfield

Liverpool (Home) 4 – Liverpool (Away) 5

A hat-trick from midfielder Thomas gave Beglin’s men the edge in a gripping start to the Liverpool leg of the Football Aid Championships.

However it was the Home side - led by ex-pro Fairclough - that opened the scoring. With only 2 minutes on the clock, skipper Pearce calmly drove home a superbly placed shot into the left hand side of the goal.

The Away team swiftly retaliated and striker Duffy was unlucky with a chip that went just too high. He made no mistake shortly afterwards, powering home the equaliser following a great run from team mate Thomas.

The pace was fast and furious with chances being created left, right and centre. Wilkes came close with a shot skimming over the bar while a fantastic save from Brassington denied Tasker from snatching the lead for the Away team.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 41st minute thanks to an energetic effort from Campbell that proved too powerful for Humphry to keep out.

Home’s lead was lengthened shortly after with a spectacular left foot volley by Andrew Scott who then created a celebration to remember - albeit one that was more Pat Cash than Peter Crouch!

Away managed to pull one back just before half time with the first of Thomas’ goals, the midfield maestro pouncing on a free ball and slotting it home to make the score 3-2.

Confidence boosted, the Away side blasted into the second half, netting the all important equaliser immediately after the restart. Once again, Thomas showing his pace and skill, neatly by passing the keeper with a dainty left foot finish.

A hungry for goal Baldwin was delighted to secure the lead for Beglin’s men shortly afterwards following some inspirational work from forward Duffy.

Home keeper Brassington worked hard to prevent the Away team stretching further ahead, pulling off some incredible saves. But even the likes of Reina could not have stopped Thomas’ hat trick effort with the determined midfielder once more showing the deadly accuracy of his left foot, to make the score 3-5.

Despite a last gasp effort from Home’s Bolderston – beautifully crafted to curl beyond Humphry’s reach – Away tenaciously held on to their lead with the final score 4-5.

Man of the Match: (H) Steven Brassington (A) James Thomas
Moment of the Match: Andrew Scott’s Celebration