Football Aid 2018 at The King Power proved to be a thrilling encounter with the Leicester City Away team narrowly coming out on top 3-4. The Home team certainly pushed them all the way though and after going into the break with a 3 goal deficit were very unlucky not to get at least a draw for all their efforts.
Date: Monday 28th May 2018
Venue: King Power Stadium
Leicester City (Home) vs Leicester City (Away)
Kick Off: 19:30 pm
Legends & Managers: Julian Joachim & Matt Piper
Match Officials: Liam Mayes, Jacob Lehane, Jake Mayes & Ruebyn Ricardo
The Leicester Away team got off to a great start when their No 10 Jake Melbourne ran clear down the right and whipped in a cross towards Away No 9 Hemel Majithia, the striker opened up his body and smashed the ball off the upright before Away No 8 Gogs Gogna had a low drilled effort well saved by the Home keeper Michael Hextall.
A lovely low cross from Away No 7 Patrik Kajuch from the right tested the Home defence, Home No 5 Jack Chambers could only manage to get a toe to it and the ball found the feet of the Away No 9 Hemel Majithia who coolly slid the ball into the net with 7 mins gone (0-1).
Within 2mins the Away team had doubled their lead when a defensive headed clearance from Home No 5 Jack Chambers fell to the feet of Away Captain Gogs Gogna, the Left Mid took a brilliant first touch and lashed a left-footed rocket strike from over 20 yards out right into the bottom right corner of the net, giving the Home keeper no chance (0-2).
On the counter attack the Home team managed to get themselves back in the game when an error by the Away team saw Home No 10 Campodonico Nicolo steal the ball and drive forward creating a 2v1 situation. The Italian midfielder squared the ball across to Home No 9 Paul Arrowsmith who showed great composure to tap the ball beyond the on-rushing keeper and bring his side back into the game with 21 mins gone (1-2).
The Home No 9 Paul Arrowsmith was proving a handful for the Away defence and he had a great chance to score his 2nd of the match when he ran in behind the defence after a long ball forward by legend Julian Joachim found him running towards goal on the left, but the Away keeper Pavol Holeczy did well to close the angle and make a close range save.
Back came the Away team and on 34mins Jake Melbourne’s through pass from his own half found Anand Bharkhda, the striker ran through the middle of the pitch and received the ball outside the box when he cleverly turned onto his left foot and created an opportunity to shoot and indeed he did, using the Home defender’s position as a decoy to excellently bend the ball into the bottom left corner (1-3).
The Away team showed their clinical side once again as they grabbed another goal just before half time, this time it was their legend Matt Piper bursting forward down the left flank and entering the box before looking up and picking out Away No 6 Christopher Brophy with the cut back. The midfielder’s decision to get forward and join to attack was a good one as he found the net with a well taken side foot finish across goal with 40 mins played (1-4).
Half-Time: Leicester City (Home) 1 - 4 Leicester City (Away)
The Home team were determined to make a good start to the 2nd half and they did just that!
A through ball from Home No 14 Massimiliano Vulpani had enough power to go beyond the stretching Away defender and into the path of No 9 Paul Arrowsmith, and the No 9 calmly slotted the ball beyond the Away keeper with a left-foot finish after driving towards goal from the right (2-4).
Away legend Matt Piper got his team moving forward once again, beating his full back and providing a pin-point cross to Patrik Kajuch, the right mid waited and hit the ball with his right foot as it came across his body from the left but the difficult technique meant he blasted his effort wide of the goal.
Next the Home No 15 Sergio Lucchi played a ball forward for the pacy Arrowsmith who skipped past his man on the left wing and created space for himself and from a slight angle, the striker went for a drilled left-foot strike which the Away keeper Pavol Holeczy made a solid save to hold on to the effort.
A big call from the referee then saw the awarding of a penalty to the Home side after Sergio Lucchi played a pass into the feet of Paul Arrowsmith. As the striker was looking for space to shoot in the crowded penalty area, Away legend Matt Piper was deemed to have pulled down the man with a brace already. On a hat-trick, his penalty effort and rebound was brilliantly saved by the feet of Away keeper Pavol Holeczy to maintain his side’s two goal cushion.
After this let off the Away No 9 Hemel Majithia had a chance to seal the game for his side, in a 1 v 1 with the defender on the left the striker cut inside onto his right foot just outside of the box to create space for the shot, but he opted to go for power over precision and the unfortunately the ball spun away from the goal, after he had done everything right leading up to the finish.
The Away team kept pushing and No 14 James Hewitt on a run towards the right by line managed to pick his head up and pick out a wonderful ball to the far post in which saw his team-mate Hemel Majithia in space, but the striker could not quite get enough contact on the ball and his sliding effort went agonisingly wide of the post, his luck seemingly not in during that stage of the game.
After numerous decent efforts on goal, the Home No 9 Paul Arrowsmith was finally able to seal a well-deserved hat-trick on 89 mins, giving his side some hope of a late equaliser. The goal came about after Home legend Julian Joachim showed his quality and trickery to dance his way through tackles in the box and head for the by-line, Joachim cut the ball across to the striker for an easy finish from close range, the deadly striker netting all 3 goals for his side (3-4).
However there wasn’t enough time to create a last gasp chance for the Home team and the final whistle blew soon after the restart, bringing to an end a thrilling tie between two sets of hardworking sets of players. The Away side just managed to hold onto the strong lead they created in the first half but on another day, the Home team could have pulled it back and completed a turnaround.
Huge thanks to the players, officials, and legends Julian Joachim and Matt Piper for their fantastic efforts at Football Aid Leicester City 2018.
Full-Time: Leicester City (Home) 3 - 4 Leicester City (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Robert Thorpe
Man of the Match Away: Pavol Holeczy
Moment of the Match: Paul Arrowsmith
Home Team: Michael Hextall (C), Lance Tomlyn, Julian Joachim, Robert Thorpe, Jack Chambers, Steven Howkins, Jacob Flewitt, Ian Richard Morgan, Paul Arrowsmith, Campodonico Nicolo', Ben Tritta, Massimiliano Vulpani, Sergio Lucchi, Davide Gianelli, Kieron Chambers
Home Mascots: Lucy Hextall & Nicolò Gianelli
Away Team: Pavol Holeczy, Adam Canning, Matt Piper, Ivan Matlak, Brett Davids, Christopher Brophy, Patrik Kajuch, Gogs Gogna (C), Hemel Majithia, Jake Melbourne, Anand Bharkhda, James Hewitt, David Brown, Kev Wright
Away Mascot: Evie Davids & Reid Gogna
Match Report written by Sam Bettany
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
!The body is defo feeling it this morning @FootballAid Great feeling winning the game @LCFC #KingPower last night & scoring a 🚀 The #DeadlyTrio rolled back the years @AnandB316 @hemelmajithia with @_mattpiper . Guess that makes us the #Awesomefoursome now 😂”
Gogs Gogna – Away Team No.8
“Great debut match and really happy to get a debut goal in the 4-3 win. Amazing experience @FootballAid and to my fellow team @GogsGogs10 @hemelmajithia @_mattpiper #LCFC @LCFC”
Anand Bharkhda – Away Team No.11
“A great night last night at Leicester City FC with Football Aid, shame about the result but enjoyed it all the same.”
Michael Hextall - Home Team No.1
“Another well organised Football Aid game and thanks to Leicester City for their hospitality. It was a pleasure to play alongside Julian Joachim for the home side again and against Matt Piper who was on the away side.
Another entertaining game played in good spirits and it shows football can be played with and against players who do not speak the same language as some had come over from Italy to support the charity. I was chuffed to be chosen M.O.T.M by the legends on my 75th Football Aid appearance.”
Robert Thorpe – Home Team No.4