Our 2018 match at Bramall Lane certainly served up plenty entertainment, with end to end action throughout and 11 goals for the watching Blades fans to enjoy! The impressive Home team ran out 9-2 winners in the end, with star man James Munson bagging a hat-trick, but the Away team fought to the end and could also be proud of their efforts on the night.
Date: Thursday 31st May 2018
Venue: Bramall Lane
Sheffield United (Home) vs Sheffield United (Away)
Kick Off: 18:30 pm
Legends & Managers: Tony Currie, Kevin Gage & Ritchie Humphreys
Match Officials: Sam Clayton, Jacob Guest & Aaron Hallam
The Away team in White started the game well and a brilliant forward ball by their No 10 Ben Etches in behind the Home defence caused some confusion between the Home defender and goalkeeper Nathan Taylor, and No 11 Justin Taylor nipped in with a shot from just inside the box which went just wide.
The Home team responded well to that early scare and No 10 James Munson picked up the ball with a little bit of space in the centre of the pitch, 30 yards out and hit an ambitious shot which forced the Away keeper and captain Chad Pearson to tip the powerful strike over the bar.
The goal was coming though and on 16 mins Matthew Fellows’ in-swinging corner was met by the head of the centre back Home No 4 Simon Hartshorn at the back post and his powerful down-ward header - which Blade Leon Clarke would be proud of - bounced into the ground and through the defenders and goalkeeper into the net to give the Home side the lead (1-0).
One goal suddenly became two as the Away team were trapped by the high pressing of the Home team in their half of the field and Away No 7 Stephen Geary was unfortunate to lose possession to Home No 10 James Munson on the left channel. The midfielder managed to curl a beautiful strike from just inside the box at a tight angle into the top right corner of the net (2-0).
Then a brilliant switch of play from Home No 4 Simon Hartshorn from left to right reached the path of Home No 7 Matthew Fellows on the right flank and after taking a good touch, the winger whipped in an excellent ball, but unfortunately Home No 11 Kevin Robertson couldn’t quite get on the end of the cross.
A fairly dominant Home team grabbed another goal on 43 mins and after winning a free kick in a dangerous position, it was Home No 7 Matthew Fellows who stepped up to strike a testing effort on goal which forced the Away keeper Chad Pearson to parry the ball straight into the path of Home No 9 and captain David Heason (C) who showed a true striker’s instinct and smashed in the rebound into the roof of the net (3-0).
The Away No 17 Scott Harrison then had a rare chance to get a goal back just before half time, when he was given space and time to bring the ball forward. He opted for a long range left footed strike which forced the home keeper Nathan Taylor to tipping the ball over the bar for a corner kick.
The referee’s whistle blew shortly afterwards with Tony Currie’s Home team well in command, the Away Manager Kevin Gage certainly had his work cut out trying to raise his team’s spirits for the 2nd period.
Half-Time: Sheffield United (Home) 3 - 0 Sheffield United (Away)
However things were to get worse for the Away side shortly after the break when Home No 6 Ben Leeson was able to intercept a pass in the opposition’s half and drove forward into the box, Away keeper Chad Pearson made a brilliant double save to deny the midfielder but Home No 11 Kevin Robertson showed great striking instincts to follow up the play and poach another goal for his side (4-0).
The Away side eventually got a reward for their efforts on 67mins. After a shot from Away No 10 Ben Etches was tipped onto the bar minutes earlier by the Home keeper Nathan Taylor, Away No 9 David Cope found some space outside the box and smashed the ball into the top right corner of the net, with his superb strike leaving the Home keeper with no chance. What a strike to give his side some hope! (4-1).
However less than 5mins later another dangerous whipped in ball from the right by Fellows wasn’t fully dealt with by the Away defence and it fell to the feet of James Munson, the Home No 10 dribbled back to the edge of the box and struck a low-drilled left-foot effort into the bottom left corner to extend his side’s lead further still (5-1).
It was end to end stuff now and after a throw in from the right flank, Away No 6 Charlie Young picked up possession around 25 yards out and opted to shoot, and it turned out to be a great decision as his powerful strike found the bottom left corner of the net (5-2).
The next goal in the game was quite simply stunning. A free kick from well over 30 yards out suggested that it may be a little too far out to take on a shot, however Home No 6 Ben Leeson had other plans and his thunderous strike was directed right into the top left corner of the goal with the Away keeper scrambling to keep it out. What a way to ensure a victory for your side with 6 mins to play! (6-2).
The Home side were on fire now and they scored a brilliant counter-attacking goal late. The Home goalkeeper collected a corner kick and threw the ball long into the path of David Heason, and the No 9 sprinted all the way from the half way line and slotted his 2nd of the game from close range (7-2).
Right from the re-start the Home team were able to win the ball back and send James Munson through on goal, the No 10’s run towards the right side of the box saw him cut the ball across the goal to a sliding Home No 11 Kevin Robertson and the striker finished well to rack up his brace and his side’s 8th goal of the game with just 2mins remaining (8-2).
It was breathless stuff now and there was still time for one more goal. The Away side opted to send their keeper Chad Pearson up-field to take a free kick after his excellent performance in net, leaving his goal empty, which was to cost their side on the counter attack as Home No 10 James Munson completed his hat-trick by placing a finish into an empty net to make it nine. (9-2).
The ref’s whistle blew shortly afterwards, bringing to an end a thoroughly entertaining encounter. The impressive Home side ran out comfortable winners in the end, but the Away team fought hard throughout the 90mins and could be proud of their efforts.
Huge thanks again to Sheffield United FC and our Legends Tony Currie, Kevin Gage and Ritchie Humphreys for their fantastic support.
Full-Time: Sheffield United (Home) 9 - 2 Sheffield United (Away)
Man of the Match Home: James Munson
Man of the Match Away: Chad Pearson
Moment of the Match: David Cope
Home Team: Nathan Taylor, Adam Canning, Simon Hartshorn, Daniel Munson, Ben Leeson, Matthew Fellows, Steven Hurley, David Heason (C), James Munson, Kevin Robertson, Tom Green, Robert Green
Home Manager: Tony Currie
Home Mascot: Sam Green
Away Team: Chad Pearson (C), Ainsley Sackey, Ritchie Humphreys, Kevin Banks, Robert Thorpe, Charlie Young, Stephen Geary, Matthew Hyland, David Cope, Ben Etches, Justin Taylor, Josh Pearson, Scott Harrison
Away Manager: Kevin Gage
Away Mascot: Zach Lee
Match Report written by Sam Bettany
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“@FootballAid superb day at Sheffield United played in a great spirit by a great bunch of guys and managed by the legend Tony Currie. And a couple of goals as well ⚽⚽!”
Kevin Robertson – Home Team No.11
“Another enjoyable evening playing in @FootballAid match at Bramall Lane. 👍 Cheers to @gageykev”
Justin Taylor – Away Team No.11
“Quality night at the Lane. Huge thanks to @FootballAid @SUFC_tweets @gageykev @ritchiehumphs and of course the legend that is Tony Currie. Shame about the cramp though... 😂😂😂”
Nathan Taylor – Home Team No.1