Football Aid made the journey to South West Wales for the annual Swansea City game at the Liberty Stadium. After an even first half, it was the Home side featuring Swans legend Lee Trundle who ended the victors. However an 8-4 score line didn’t give the Away side, featuring former Swan David D’Auria, justice for their efforts over the 90mins.
Date: Monday 29th April 2019
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Swansea City (Home) vs Swansea City (Away)
Kick Off: 15:00 pm
Playing Legend: Lee Trundle & David D’Auria
It was a slow start to the South Wales fixture with both teams taking time to find their feet. The Away team sporting a black and red/orange shirt with black shorts and black socks saw a free kick fly over the crossbar.
However, it was the Home team wearing all white who opened the scoring, with Lee Trundle who scored over 80 goals in two spells with the Swans causing trouble for the Away defence. His pass across the box teed up Jason Lawrence who was left with the easiest of chances, tapping into an unguarded net for the lead with six minutes on the clock. (1-0)
The Home team continued to pile on the pressure and Lawrence had another chance after Trundle continued to wreak havoc in the Away defence; this time forcing a good save from Mark Feehan in the Away goal.
Against the run of play, it was the Away team who struck next. A fine left foot effort from midfielder Adam Mitchell was out of reach of Home GK Timothy Lemley and the ball found its way into the bottom corner. Great work from CF James Courtman created the opportunity for Mitchell to equalise the scoring 12 mins into the game. (1-1)
The Away side upped the ante and forced a string of saves from the impressive Lemley. A strong effort was forced out for a corner but the Away side were unable to capitalise on the pressure and a counter attack nearly caused them trouble at the opposite end.
Despite this pressure it was the Home side who regained the lead on 28 mins. Lee Trundle again looked dangerous and fed a delightful ball to Andrew Guerin who calmly rounded the GK and knocked home for the 2nd goal of the Home side’s afternoon. (2-1)
An immediate response was needed, and this was exactly what the Away team provided two mins later! Dean Smith causing defensive frailties before laying the ball over to Grant Mitchell who curled an excellent effort into the corner past the helpless keeper. (2-2)
It looked to be an even score line at half-time before a golden chance fell to the Home side’s number 6, Tomas Phillips. The midfielder was played in by Legend Trundle but defensive heroics from a combination of goalkeeper and defender kept the scores level at the break; the resulting corner coming right across the goalmouth with no contact.
So, the teams could not be divided at the break at the Liberty Stadium. Lee Trundle caused all sorts of problems in the first 45 mins but David D’Auria and his Away side had all that was needed to counter the Home side’s adventurous attackers. It was all to play for in the 2nd half in South West Wales.
Half-Time: Swansea (Home) 2 - 2 Swansea (Away)
The Away side were the faster of the two sides out of the blocks in the 2nd half and within five mins of the restart were in front for the first time that afternoon. Steve Boydell capitalised on a home mistake to find the net. A loose ball on the edge of the box was picked up by the centre mid and he curled his effort beyond the goalkeeper from the edge of the area. (2-3)
The team in Orange and Black’s lead didn’t last long however as striking legend Lee Trundle was out to increase his personal Football Aid tally after a hat-trick last year and he immediately levelled the score. From the kick-off, the former professional showed his skills taking five defenders out of the game before tucking the ball home under the despairing keeper with 51 mins on the clock. (3-3)
The Home side looked to regain the lead and upped the pressure on the Away defence. Substitute Mark Hirons was having none of it though and provided a goal saving tackle to deny a Home advantage. Trundle then fired the rebound uncharacteristically over the bar.
Hirons was then to undo his great defensive work when he pushed Home substitute Arron Newcombe over in the box. Newcombe regained his feet to take the resultant penalty kick but could only watch the celebrations of Away goalkeeper Mark Feehan as he saved the spot kick!
The Home team continued to rue missed chances as Joel Giuffrida saw a one-on-one opportunity go agonisingly wide. Jason Lawrence was next to see a chance go begging as his miskick failed to trouble Feehan.
The Home side’s pressure soon paid off though, and the team in White were back in front at the Liberty Stadium on 64mins. Left Mid Arron Newcombe made up for his earlier penalty miss when he scored the 4th of the day for the Home side. A square ball from striker Lawrence gave Newcombe the chance to turn the defender and deftly flick the ball past a helpless Feehan, something the substitute accomplished expertly. (4-3)
The Home team just couldn’t keep hold of a lead though and they gifted the Away team a chance to equalise two mins later. James Courtman was awarded a penalty after a contentious decision to the protests of the Home defence but the referee waived away their protests and pointed to the spot. Courtman stepped up himself and showed the crowd how to finish from the spot, calmly placing his strike down the middle. The score was level again. (4-4)
Arron Newcombe was feeling aggrieved after the earlier penalty miss and showed his class on 70 mins. The midfielder fired a brilliant long-range effort into the top bins and brought out the classic knee slide celebration, putting the Home side back in front. (5-4)
The Away side then nearly extended the Home side’s lead. Newcombe squared the ball into the Away box before Hirons cannoned the ball back at his own keeper; the loose ball going out for a corner. The resultant set play landed at the feet of Home number 10 Matthew Walker who thundered an effort against the crossbar. Newcombe then sent the rebound over the bar!
Swans Legend Lee Trundle was still eager to demonstrate his considerable box of tricks though and he netted his 2nd goal of the game on 82 mins. The striker curled a fabulous left footed effort into the top corner to leave the goalkeeper helpless and extend the Home lead to two goals. (6-4)
Looking for his hat-trick, half time substitute, Arron Newcombe continued to venture up the field. And with six minutes left to play, he had it. A layoff from Trundle gave the midfielder the opportunity and he obliged, to send a low effort into the net, a 7th for the Home side. (7-4)
The Home Captain put the icing on the cake on 86 mins. Trundle played a delightful ball into the centre of the box and Wayne Power emerged from a cluster of players at the back post to poke home. (8-4)
It was an afternoon to remember for the Home side as they ran out 8-4 winners at the Liberty Stadium. An even first 65 mins resulted in both sides trading goals before the strength of the Home side featuring Swansea legend Lee Trundle edged it over David D’Auria’s spirited Away side in South Wales.
Full-Time: Swansea (Home) 8 - 4 Swansea (Away)
Man of the Match Home: John Fleming
Man of the Match Away: Grant MItchell
Moment of the Match: Mark Feehan and Arron Newcombe
Home Team: Timothy Lemley, Colin Davies, Lee Trundle, Aaron McGarry, Wayne Power, C), Tomas Phillips, Joel Giuffrida, Declan Terry, Jason Lawrence, Matthew Walker, Andrew Guerin, Michael D’Auria, Julian Newcombe, John Fleming, Arron Newcombe
Home Mascot: Scott Fleming
Away Team: Mark Feehan, Dean Anthony, David D’Auria, Damien Cain, Gary Mitchell (C), Grant Mitchell, Dean Smith, Adam Mitchell, Grant Evans, Steve Boydell, James Courtman, Nicki Swales, Jason Guy, Mark Hirons, Kevin Banks
Away Mascot: Harri Swales
Match Report written by Ben Waite.
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“I attended my first ever football game in January 2005, Swansea vs Reading at the Vetch Field. The atmosphere was electric especially when Lee Trundle got near the ball. From that night, I was hooked. Swansea City became my team and Lee Trundle my idol. Roll forward 14 years, I am playing my first ever football game, at the home ground of Swansea City (Liberty Stadium) against Lee Trundle!
I had an amazing day and thank the team at Football Aid for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I have made some new friends and memories that last a lifetime. Many thanks”.
“Thanks so much, it was amazing for me and my family! I plan on playing again next year as well. Your team and the Liberty Stadium team were incredible. Professional and sharp kits, team sheets, schedules...I could go on and on, but walking away with Swansea mud on my boots and paint on my gloves made for an unforgettable experience”!
“Had an absolutely fantastic time and day for both myself and my family. Looking forward to many years of a great partnership. Thanks again”!
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