Our 2nd game of the day at Goodison Park was a real thriller with the Home team narrowly edging a fantastic game of football 4-2. A combination of clinical finishing and resolute defending sealed the win for the Home team, however the Away team had their fair share of chances and played their part in making it such a great game to watch for the fans high up in the famous Goodison Road Stand.
Date: Saturday 30th May 2015
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton (Home) vs Everton (Away)
Kick Off: 14:00 pm
Legends/Managers: Stuart Barlow
Match Officials: James Marsh, Jack Deakin & Ben Harrison
The Away side kicked off our 2nd game of the day at Goodison Park wearing the Al Black change kit and playing from right to left, and just like the 1st game the pace of the play was relentless right from the off. The Home side worked the 1ast opportunity of the game after just 10mins when right midfielder Dave Taylor’s cross into the danger area found the head of striker James Hamilton, however the Toffees captain couldn’t get enough on his effort and his header never troubled Away keeper Michael Moglione. The No 9 tried his luck with a left foot effort from the edge of the area soon afterwards, however his well struck effort was hit too high and it narrowly missed the top of the goal.
Home Captain Hamilton was proving to be a potent attacking threat and he was extremely unlucky not to open the scoring mins later, collecting a bouncing ball 20 yards out the striker hit a wicked dipping shot which looked destined for the far corner of the net, however goalkeeper Michael Moglione did brilliantly to stick out a hand and palm the ball away for a corner.
Back at the other end the Away side went close when pacy midfielder Mike O’Reilly put in a dangerous ball from wide on the right, however the classy centre back Iwan Williams was in the perfect position to cut out the cross at the near post. From the resulting corner Ian Dermott managed to get his head to the ball, however he couldn’t divert it goalwards. Away centre back Jonathan Good went close with a glancing header soon afterwards, but he couldn’t keep it down and it drifted over the bar.
You could sense a goal was coming and it was the Home side who broke the deadlock on 19mins. No 6 Matthew Correal collected the ball in midfield and played a quick one-two with Dave Taylor before powering towards the box, his 1st effort was blocked by a defender but when the ball rebounded straight back to him he made no mistake, firing the ball past the helpless Moglione and into the net (1-0).
The Home team had their tails up now and when Andrew Kenny floated a perfectly placed ball to the back post James Hamilton timed his run to perfection to get on the end of it and power a header towards goal. Moglione was in a good position to save his effort, however the usually rock solid keeper couldn’t collect the ball and it squirmed out of his grasp and into the back of the net (2-0). With 26mins on the clock the Home side were well in control of the game.
The Away side weren’t deterred though and they looked odds on to equalise with 30mins on the clock however a couple of incredible blocks from Iwan Williams denied them! First he dived full length to block Mike O’Reilly’s goal-bound volley and when the ball rebounded straight to Away Captain Phil Hogg 6 yards out he looked destined to equalise, however Caernarfon Town boss Williams came from nowhere and flung himself in front of the ball to block the shot at point blank range.
At the other end Home No 8 Paul Pembrose’s hooked effort from 10 yards looked all set to burst the net, however Away No 6 Craig Morris did brilliantly to head the ball off the line.
The ref’s whistle brought the 1st half to an end moments later with the Home team maintaining their narrow 2 goal advantage. It had been a great half of football, with plenty of chances at both ends and despite being behind the Away team went into the break thinking they still had a chance if only they could make more of their opportunities.
Half Time: Everton (Home) 2 - 0 Everton (Away)
The Home team came out for the 2nd half full of confidence and when Dave Taylor’s excellent pass found Andrew Kenny racing in on goal they looked like adding to their advantage, however the striker couldn’t quite get his effort on target and the ball drifted narrowly wide of the left hand post.
The same player had another chance soon after when he raced onto a well weighted through ball from Michael Bott, however he was forced wide by the Away defence and the chance was gone. The pace and directness of striker Andrew Kenny was causing the Away defence all sorts of problems and he raced away from the defence again on 60mins, goalkeeper Michael Moglione came out to close him down and when Kenny played the ball beyond him and the two players collided it looked a stone wall penalty. However the referee waved the penalty appeals away and signalled for play to carry on.
At the other end Mike O’Reilly stung the palms of James Melly from distance, however the Home keeper held on to his well struck shot well. Back came the Home team and with 71mins on the clock Andrew Kenny finally got the goal his efforts deserved. Thomas Jennings did well to win the ball in midfield and play it wide to Dave Taylor on the right, the No 7 looked up and played a great 1st time ball back inside to the striker and he instantly controlled it and coolly side footed the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net (3-0). The striker was delighted to get on the scoresheet and celebrated in style with the ‘Tim Cahill’ boxing routine at the corner flag!
The Away team pushed forward in response, however James Melly claimed a high ball and set Dave Taylor free with a huge clearance kick, the winger cut the ball back for Thomas Jennings however the No 10 slipped just as it looked like he was going to score. Joe Jones ran in behind him and fired an effort on target, however defender Tim Ward did brilliantly to race back onto the line and clear the danger.
The Home team were full of confidence though and with 76mins gone they got their 4th goal of the game. Alex Donaldson picked the ball up on the left wing and played a ball inside to Dave Taylor, the skilful No 7 slipped a disguised pass to Andrew Kenny and the clinical striker turned back inside the last defender and poked the ball low past goalkeeper Moglione (4-0).
Kenny’s quick fire double looked to have put the game beyond the Away team, however they responded bravely and pushed forward in an attempt to get something from the game. A clever ball from Legend Barlow created an opportunity for Jeremy Robbins on the left side of the area, however his powerful left foot shot was well saved by Melly. Robbins took a quick corner and played it to Mike O’Reilly who powered a shot towards goal, the ball was blocked and came back to O’Reilly who fired a shot towards the back post and Ben Dermott was in the perfect position to force the ball home from a few yards out (4-1).
It had taken 78mins but the Away team were hugely encouraged after finally getting the goal their efforts deserved and within 2mins they had another one! No 8 Alan Carter picked the ball up in midfield and glided past a pair of opposition players, he carried the ball towards the area, cut inside onto his right foot and rifled an unstoppable low drive just inside the left hand upright (4-2).
To the Home team’s credit they weren’t fazed by the Away team’s double strike and the dangerous combination of Kenny and Taylor combined to allow the No 7 to race into the right side of the area. The right winger clipped a ball to the back post which Jennings controlled well, however the impressive midfielder couldn’t get the ball out of his feet and Michael Moglione denied him with a brave save a couple of yards from goal.
The Away team responded and poured forward in search of another goal to reduce their deficit, however the Home team’s defence held firm and the referee’s whistle confirmed their win a few mins later. The watching Everton fans had been served up a feast of entertainment and they showed their appreciation by giving both sets of players and enormous round of applause when they left the field.
Full time: Everton (Home) 4 - 2 Everton (Away)
Man of the Match (Home): Iwan Williams
Man of the Match (Away): Mike O’Reilly
Moment of the Match: Michael Moglione
Home Team: James Melly, Graham Carter, David Chany, Iwan Williams, Matthew Correal, Dave Taylor, Paul Bemrose, James Hamilton (C), Thomas Jennings, Andrew Kenny, Alex Donaldson, Michael Trueman, Michael Bott, Joe Jones
Home Mascot: Luke Kenny
Away Team: Michael Moglione, Chris Roberts, Stuart Barlow, Jonathan Good, Tim Ward, Craig Morris, Ian Dermott, Alan Carter, Phil Hogg (C), Mike O’Reilly, Ben Dermott, Jim Townson, Steven Hill, Paul Jones, Jeremy Robbins
Away Mascot: Faith Hogg