It was a busy time at Stamford Bridge, as Football Aid arrived in West London less than a day after Chelsea had defeated Eintracht Frankfurt to head off to the Europa League final. With a new set of Chelsea players out on the pitch on a warm Friday evening, it was a battle to copy the success of their heroes. In our game, it was a tight encounter with the Away side taking victory 5-4 with Football Aid ambassador Pat Nevin on hand to add to the occasion.
Date: Friday 10th May 2019
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea (Home) vs Chelsea (Away)
Kick Off: 19:45 pm
Legend: Pat Nevin
Match Officials: Steve Daly, John Farries, James Campbell & Chris Knowles
Pat Nevin began the night by telling stories from the previous night's game and about his successful career both on and off the pitch, inspiring both sides to go out and give it their all, and that they sure did.
Pat started the game with the Home side which sported the all blue strip, with white socks. They were off to a fast start with Craig Terrington causing trouble and the forward watched an early effort cleared away by a combination of Rob Simpson and the post.
The Away side who took to the pitch in an all yellow strip with blue socks, looked for an immediate response and they found it after just 13 mins. Clever play from Alessandro Sabucci was the key. A counter attack was stopped illegally, before Sabucci stopped the ball and chipped a quick free kick goalwards. The set play seemed to have been cleared off the line but after a moment of confusion the goal was awarded and the Italian No 7 was able to celebrate opening the scoring (0-1)
The tall and elegant Home midfielder Dean Drummie was causing havoc for the Away team and he had his side back in the tie 60 seconds later! Adam Terrington crossed the ball in from the left for Drummie to slide in and hammer home an equaliser. (1-1)
Craig Terrington went close again as he saw a chance go begging. The striker rounded the GK before his effort cannoned off the post and was deflected wide. The Home team continued to push for the lead and after Matt Bennett fouled Terrington, the striker’s resultant free kick was easily parried away by the Away GK, Graham Murray. Terrington just couldn't find a breakthrough with another effort saved by Murray.
With the officials busy, the first half was a top start affair with chances for both sides. Football Aid regular, Adam Canning forced a great save from the impressive Home GK, Scott Findlay but the following corner came to nothing.
The Away side took the lead going into half-time however with a goal barely a minute before the interval. Joshua Cain-Kennedy was left unmarked in the box and after some direct play from his own goalkeeper, the ball found Sabucci who squared it to Cain-Kennedy who sent it home to give the Away team the narrowest of advantages at half-time. (1-2)
It had been a very even first half affair and with Chelsea legend Pat Nevin swapping to play for the yellows for the second half, the Away team were hopeful they could they keep their momentum going against a Home side looking to get back into the game.
Half-Time: Chelsea (Home) 1 - 2 Chelsea (Away)
The Home side looked to start the second half with an immediate response and that they did only 3 mins after the restart. Dean Drummie used his height to his advantage and rose highest to head home from a pinpoint corner to level the scores. (2-2)
Back came the team in yellow and Stuart Lewis forced a good save from the Home GK moments later as the Away side looked to retake the lead.
With 50 minutes on the clock, the turnaround for the Home team was complete. Craig Terrington’s persistence paid off as he added his name to the scoresheet. The striker pressured the defence and the goalkeeper, resulting in a clearance diverting off of Terrington and past a despairing Away GK. (3-2)
The Away side were now the team needing a comeback and they went about it through striker Cain-Kennedy. Good footwork from the Away player made space but his effort failed to trouble Scott Findlay in the Home goal.
Continued pressure from the ‘visitors’ paid off when Nevin went down in the box. Adam Terrington was adjudged to have pushed over the Chelsea legend to the appeals of the Home players and fans alike. Stuart Lewis stepped up to the spot and fired home an equaliser. (3-3)
Nevin who made over 240 appearances for the Blues made way to a standing ovation as the Home team looked for a response. Weary legs for both teams started to play a factor as the tie opened up.
Craig Terrington was creating danger and had his brace on 68 mins. The striker kept his composure to fire home after a clever long throw routine. Drummie knocked the throw-in on with his head before Terrington sprung the offside trap and expertly placed his effort beyond the keeper. (4-3)
The Home side continued to pepper the Away goal, with Terrington again going close. Substitute Kaiss El Madi then went close when his long range effort cannoned off the crossbar. An exquisite shot with the outside of the foot from 30 yards, an effort that would have been a goal of the season contender if only the net had rippled!
A familiar name to football fans was on the bench for the Away side as former Scotland international Lee McCulloch sported the number 14 shirt. After coming on at the interval, the midfielder - who has over 690 professional appearances to his name - made his mark at Stamford Bridge. The ball fell nicely to McCulloch on the edge of the box and with only one thing on his mind he fired a low shot at goal. The effort was too hot to handle for the Home GK and the ball slid into the bottom corner for the equaliser with just 9 mins remaining on the clock. (4-4)
The Away side were in the ascendency and went looking for a winner. Lewis Reeves forced a great reaction save from Findlay before Alessandro Sabucci gave himself and the fans a moment to remember with 86 mins played. Cain-Kennedy played the ball across goal and Sabucci powered an effort into the top corner, the winger taking his shirt off in celebration much to the disappointment of Football Aid's refereeing ambassador Steve Daly. That meant nothing to Sabucci however; he had just scored a winning goal at the Bridge!! (4-5)
Sabucci again went close in the dying stages, forcing a low save before the Home side had a corner in the closing moments. The GK went up for the corner, but the Away side broke away. Adam Terrington produced a goal saving tackle although not to the referee’s satisfaction. The resultant free kick came to nothing though and the official blew time on an eventful tie in West London.
It was the Away side who held on for victory in an end-to-end tie at Stamford Bridge. An absolute thriller which was full of action and an exciting game for all involved. Both teams played their hearts out on a superb pitch and with the presence of Football Aid ambassador Pat Nevin it made for a great occasion.
Full-Time: Chelsea (Home) 4 - 5 Chelsea (Away)
Man of the Match Home: David Peters
Man of the Match Away: Stuart Lewis
Marriott Moment of the Match: Scott Findlay
Match Report written by Ben Waite.
Home Team: Scott Findlay, Ehidiame Omole (C), Pat Nevin (1st half), Ali Sarraf, David Peters, Dean Drummie, Steve Diener, Gianantonio Biraghi, Adam Terrington, Craig Terrington, Jamie Hackett, Michael Doyle, Ghassan Khoury, Kaiss El Madi, Jonathan Wainberg, Michael Anthony
Home Mascot: Leo Smith
Away Team: Graham Murray, Adam Canning, Pat Nevin (2nd half), Rob Simpson, Kevin Banks, Matt Bennett, Alessandro Sabucci, Frank Khalid (C), Joshua-Cain Kennedy, Stuart Lewis, Grant Evans, Lee McCulloch, Christopher McInally, Jay Ellwood, Lewis Reeves, Simon Allison
Away Mascot: Jetson Lewis
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all at Football Aid for what was genuinely (engagement, marriage and birth of children aside) the best experience of my life on Friday night. Playing 90mins under the flood lights with Pat (Nevin) and Lee (McCulloch) at Stamford Bridge is incredible, speaking to Eden Hazard on the way in, scoring a pen and getting MotM trophy from Pat (Nevin) with my son Jet there as a mascot was truly epic! Greatly appreciate the work of Football Aid and the experience it gives to its customers for the benefit of the charity”.
“Had a wonderful time down the Fulham road thanks to @footballaid Great to play, great to meet some top players @LeeHMcCulloch and greatest of all to exchange a few cheeky back heels with @PatNevin.
“@PatNevin It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and an absolute honour to play alongside you. Many thanks for your support and encouragement - @FootballAid is very lucky to have you on board. Hope to get my hips sorted and be a lot more mobile the next time I play!”
“It was great to play at Stamford Bridge last month. Only played 45 minutes but I was so pleased to do that. Extra bonus was to be captain for my team. Thank you @FootballAid for an incredible day. #chelsea #FrankKhalid #chak89 #Soccer”