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Liverpool Game 2 2006

Written by By Chris Owen

Every Liverpool fan dreams about it. A moment shared with so many heroes: that rush of adrenalin as you leave the tunnel behind.

The match kicks off with both pros playing right back, directing and organising their respective teams. The Reds look very organised and compact with Gary Mac insisting on pass and move every time. The Whites, led by John Durnin, favouring the longer ball game. In the fourth minute, Ormond trickles the ball into the net to give the Whites an early lead against the run of play.

The Reds respond with patient build up from the back line. Some great work by the Whites' midfield break up their play with Halliday and Schleising working hard for their side. The seventh minute sees the Red's captain, Gillooley, control a pass from the left and slide home to draw level.

After some good counter-attacking, the Reds surge forward. A short lob over the defence from McAllister is headed into the net by Mangla.

The Whites' goalkeeper, Stringer, produces a couple of great saves to keep his team in the game. Twenty minutes in, the Reds continue to look dangerous on the left wing. A successful interception by the Whites' Rivis saves a certain goal. A quick one-two between Durnin and Owen gives Durnin a chance to fire a shot which is saved by goalkeeper Clark, however Ormond is on hand to tap in his second goal of the day. 2-2 Game On!

With half time fast approaching, Simons takes the Reds ahead again. 3-2. Things are all set up for an exciting second half.

The second half gets underway with the Whites looking very lively. Owen gets close at the Kop end. Substitutes Bowers and Williams give the Whites more option on the right hand side. A series of spectacular saves by the Reds' goalkeeper Clark maintains the score. Gary Mac moves into his familiar midfield role, leading his side forward. Against the run of play, Simons nets a 25-yard shot and gives the Reds a 4-2 advantage.

A skilful cross from Durnin is headed close by Halliday. Rivis now pushes forward for the Whites trying to chase the game, leaving Dickinson to marshal the defence.

With very little time left, Dickinson breaks down the left. He creates a perfect cross for Bowers to slot home in front of the famous Kop, making the score 4-3. The Reds' goal is now under siege with Bowers again going close. Some superb saves from the Reds' goalkeeper Clark denies the Whites another goal. Durnin forces another fine save by Clark, earning Clark the Red's 'Man of the Match' award.

The final whistle finds the score 4-3 to the Reds. As all the players line up in front of the supporters, manager Brian Hall comments, "that was one of the best Football Aid games played at Anfield".

A great day, a great game. Many thanks to John, Gary and Brian and to Liverpool Football Club for hosting the event.

Football Aid has made it possible for us to 'Live The Dream'.

By Chris Owen