Football Aid returned to Norfolk in May for its annual Norwich City event at Carrow Road. In a tight encounter featuring former Canary Legends Mike Milligan (Home team) and Adrian Forbes (Away Team), it was the Yellow shirted Home side that emerged 5-4 victors. A spirited effort from the Away side was not enough on a sunny Monday afternoon at the home of the Canaries.
Date: Monday 20th May 2019
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich City (Home) vs Norwich City (Away)
Kick Off: 13:30 pm
Legends: Mike Milligan & Adrian Forbes
Match Officials: Harvey Newstead, Tony Collins & Harley Golder
It was a bright start from the Home side, who lined up in the renowned Canary Yellow Yellow shirts. A great through ball from Tom Kirby set his striker one-on-one and even though the Away goalkeeper managed to get a touch on this shot but it was the pacy No 9 Simon Baillie who was celebrating after just 9 mins on the clock (1-0)
The Home team continued to grab control of the game with Francesco Traverso having a headed effort well saved by Matthew Bennett in the Away goal. This was the first of a series of shots from the Home side with strikers Mark Mills and Simon Baillie forcing defensive action. The latter with an acrobatic effort that forced another great save from Bennett.
However despite this pressure on 15 mins, the Away side, sporting an all-white strip had their equaliser and against the run of play, the Away fans were cheering. Haydn Powlter found Wayne Power in the box with a delightful cross, and the headed effort from the Away Captain nestled in the back of the net. (1-1)
The momentum had swung and the Away side looked to take the lead and Midfielder Power was unlucky to see his ambitious effort cannon off the crossbar.
A response was needed from the Home side and that was what came. A moment of magic from Simon Baillie as he broke clear of the defence and embarked on a solo run which ended with a calm finish to put the ‘hosts’ back in front, 21 mins into the tie. (2-1)
Baillie continued to cause the Away defence nightmares and he had the ball in the net again moments later, only to see the linesman’s flag raised and the goal chalked off for offside.
The Home side weren't to be denied though and they had a 3rd goal on 25 mins when Tom Kirby added his name to the Carrow Road scoresheet. Left unmarked on the edge of the box, with time to compose himself, the midfielder curled in an excellent effort past the helpless Away goalkeeper to extend the lead to two. (3-1)
However there was still time for the Away side to get a grip back on the tie before half time and Mateo Cicala did just that by volleying home a Powlter cross, a minute before the interval. (3-2)
The game went into the break with just the one goal difference between the teams, after an exciting 1st half in Norfolk. All was to play for in the 2nd period and the Away side hoped that an inspirational team talk from their Legend Adrian Forbes would change their fortunes after the break.
Half-Time: Norwich City (Home) 3 - 2 Norwich City (Away)
Forbes' Away side needed a strong start to the 2nd period but despite their efforts 10 mins in, the Home side had a 4th goal. Max Wood producing a delicate chip over the goalkeeper to finish off a fine breakaway move. (4-2)
Mike Milligan, who played for the Canaries over 140 times, was inspiring his Home side and they had their 5th goal less than 2 mins later. Davide Pizzocro, sporting number 14, brilliantly finding the net with an acrobatic effort after a looping cross from the left found him in the area. The goal was to win the Sampdoria fan the Moment of the Match trophy and it certainly looked like victory was comfortably in the grasp of the Home side now. (5-2)
The Away side were not letting down easy however. Two minutes after conceding, they were back in the game. Striker Ben Tritta poking home after a goalmouth scramble. A short corner routine masterminded by Norwich legend Forbes, gave the chance for a diving header, which was well saved, however the resultant rebound couldn't be kept out as Tritta opened his account for the season. (5-3)
A calm spell followed as the Home side looked to see out the game. Tiring legs and fatigue crept into the tie and on 80 mins, the Home side paid the price. Right Back, Jon Hare was penalised for a grab in the box and the referee swiftly pointed to the spot. Half time substitute Giulio Alberti stepped up to the spot and fired home his penalty into the top corner to set up a tense finale at Carrow Road. (5-4)
The last 10 mins failed to live up to expectation however with a lack of chances for both sides, and despite their efforts the Away side couldn't create the goal scoring chance they craved as the Home side defended valiantly and kept possession of the ball to thwart the team in White.
The Home side did have a chance to put the game to bed when left mid David White broke through on goal, only to see his one-on-one effort comfortably saved by the impressive Away keeper Bennett.
The referee's whistle went soon after and the Home team held on to take the plaudits in what was a very tight encounter in sunny Norfolk. A valiant 90 minutes saw Mike Milligan and his Home side overcome Adrian Forbes and his Away side 5-4 to the chants of the Home fans. It was strong comeback from the Away side, and although defeated they showed great fighting spirit in what was another classic Football Aid encounter.
Full-Time: Norwich City (Home) 5 - 4 Norwich City (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Tom Kirby
Man of the Match Away: Matthew Bennett
Moment of the Match: Davide Pizzocro
Home Team: Paul Whitlock (C), Jon Hare, Mike Milligan, Scott Wrighting, Paolo Frank, Francesco Traverso, Max Wood, David White, Mark Mills, Tom Kirby, Simon Baillie, Davide Pizzocro, Riccardo Bozano, Emanuele Bozano, Gary Brazier (A2)
Home Mascot: Lilly Whitlock, Tommy Kirby & Allysia Baillie
Away Team: Matthew Bennett, Gary Brazier, Adrian Forbes, Jack Scullion-Stevenson, Luca Selva, Davide Jabes, Fabrizio Gardenia, Francesco Oddone, Ben Tritta, Wayne Power (C), Haydn Powlter, Giulio Alberti, Paolo Frank (H5), Michele Cammarere, Matteo Cicala
Match Report written by Ben Waite.
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
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