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West Brom 2007

Match Report West Bromwich Albion 2007 Game 1

Football Aid Championships, Saturday April 28th, The Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion (Home) 2 – West Bromwich Albion (Away) 8

Despite a tireless performance from ex-pro Sneekes, Kelly’s men romped home to a rousing victory in the West Brom leg of the Football Aid Championships.

Sneekes forged the first clear cut chance in the match, sending a lovely ball to striker Barham who deftly flicked the ball back to Marsh. The midfielder – who now has over 80 caps for Football Aid – blasted the ball over the bar much to the disappointment of the enthusiastic crowd.

Sneekes himself came close in the 11th minute, his attempt hitting the post from 30 yards.

Despite the Home side controlling the majority of the opening minutes, causing Kelly’s outfit all sorts of problems with their set pieces, it was the Away team that opened the scoring in the 24th minute, unleashing their secret weapon in Dean Saunders. Powering home the first of his hat trick, the striker flared the side into life, pouncing on his rebound to hand West Brom Away the lead.

Sneekes, however, continued to be a nuisance for the Away team, neatly setting up Bergin who hammered a thunderous shot at goal. The whole stand were on their feet applauding the miraculous save pulled off by keeper Ball.

In a rare mistake, Ball comes off of his line shortly after allowing Sneekes to sweep the ball past him to Wilson. The skipper danced past two desperate challenges before slotting the ball home to even the score line.

The Away team are quick to respond, striker Denely latching on to a through ball and finishing confidently to snatch the lead once more for Kelly’s side.

A fantastic piece of individual skill from Bergin helps the Home side equalise just before half time. After intercepting an Away corner, a brilliant battle past two defenders ensued before the midfielder sent a pinpoint pass to Sneekes. The former star showed his class by silkily skipping past the remaining defence to fire home.

The turning point of the match came shortly after the restart. Substitute Crofts slamming a sizzling strike from 35 yards into the top corner to put the Away team back on top.

Ten minutes later, a perfectly weighted cross from Kelly enabled Davies to get his head around the ball and nudge it around Millington to make it 2-4.

Taking commanding control of the match, Away lengthened their lead in the next minute thanks to a brilliant 1-2 between Crofts and Davies - Crofts then powering home his second of the match in spectacular fashion to make it 2-5.

Saunders was back in action next with a priceless header in the 77th minute and a strong strike in the 83rd minute to complete his hat trick. A great dummy by Wharton to Kelly started the move, the ex-pro then making an incredible pass back to find Saunders. The striker then controlled the ball deftly and fired in Away’s seventh goal of the game.

Suitably, Saunders was the architect of the final goal of the day – blasting into the box in the 85th minute. Returning Kelly’s earlier favour, he nicely teed up the former star who then toe poked the ball past Millington to make the final score a triumphant 8-2 to the Away team.

Home Team: S.Millington, L.Sadler, R.Sneekes, S.Davies, K.Ritchie, T.Bergin, D.Marsh, G.Sadler, R.Barham, M.Wilson, M.Sadler, R.Edwards, P.Calcutt, R.Scrivens, A.Taylor

Mascot: Bethany Bergin

Away Team: M.Ball, C.Griffiths, D.Kelly, P.Hobson, L.Edwards, M.Crofts, P.Downing, P.Thorpe, D.Saunders, M.Davies, J.Denley, N.Wharton.

Mascot: Megan Crofts