Football Aid were delighted to be able to partner with Sure UK and their ‘Movement is Everything’ campaign in season 2019. The collaboration allowed Chelsea fans the chance to follow in the footsteps of Sure UK Brand Ambassador Willian and pull on their official kits, walk out the tunnel and play on the hallowed turf on Friday 31st May 2019.
Chelsea FC coaches were on hand to guide the teams throughout the day and club Legend Denis Wise even made an appearance to talk to the players about his stellar career with the Blues and share his expert advice before the match kicked off! The game was a hugely enjoyable experience for all the Blues fans involved and in a close fought tie at sunny Stamford Bridge, it was the Away side that triumphed 3-2.
Date: Friday 31st May 2019
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea (Home) vs Chelsea (Away)
Kick Off: 15:00 pm
Manager: Dennis Wise
Excitement was high in the Capital as Football Aid returned to Chelsea. With the assistance of some of the club’s Foundation coaches and former Chelsea legend and England international Dennis Wise offering words of wisdom increased expectation levels. With over 445 Chelsea appearances, Wise visited both dressing rooms before the tie and shared stories and tips from his vast experience as both an ex-pro and manager to our players.
It was the Away side, sporting all yellow, which started the brighter of the sides with Jamie Rodgers challenging David Boorer in the Home net with a low effort. Mitch Lafortune was looking instantly dangerous for the Away side down the right flank.
The Home side wearing an all blue strip then had the chance of the half as the ball found its way to Ben Tritta who was left in space. The striker kept his calm before cannoning his effort off the crossbar to the relief of Away GK Michael Chopra.
Both sides seemed to be benefitting from Wise’s defensive knowledge however as chances went begging at both ends. Mark Brunton forced a save from Home GK, Boorer when his snapshot was guided around the post. The following set piece failed to trouble and the score remained goalless.
The goalkeepers were the players to watch in the first half as both continued to play their part. Chopra again saved from the lively Tritta tipping a shot on to the post before the rebound was cleared for a corner. The Home side took it quick and short but the resultant cross from Stuart Lewis failed to cause any harm.
It was a case of trading chances as the half came towards a close as Lafortune had an effort with the outside of his foot saved by Boorer. Another short corner followed as the Away side looked for a breakthrough but Rodgers could only fire over from close range.
The Home side did have the ball in the back of the net before the break but George Freud’s celebrations were cut short with the raising of the offside flag.
At the break, both teams were happy after impressive defensive displays including from Tim Walker who received lengthy treatment for a nasty gash to the head; the Away defender bravely playing through to help his team keep the game goalless. The second half battle was set to be an intriguing one.
Half-Time: Chelsea (Home) 0 - 0 Chelsea (Away)
The teams re-emerged at the Bridge knowing that anyone of the players could make themselves a Chelsea hero.
It was the Away side who challenged first with Mark Brunton seeing a shot go high over the bar. Fitness was going to play a factor in this tie as both sides produced strong defensive displays and with an hour played the score remained 0-0.
With 68 minutes on the clock, a breakthrough came. An inswinging corner from the Away side was misjudged by the Home GK and after a goalmouth scramble the ball was prodded home. It was midfielder, Mark Brunton who emerged from the melee to celebrate putting his side into the lead. (0-1)
The goal opened the game up and the Home side looked for an instant reply with a long range effort making the net ripple; unfortunately for them, only the side.
As the Home side looked for a leveller, space was opening up and the Away side soon capitalised on this. On 74 minutes, an inviting cross from Lafortune fed Jamie Rodgers. The midfielder saw his shot well saved. The rebound was then headed across the goal before Rodgers followed up to tap home the Away sides second of the afternoon. (0-2)
The floodgates had seemingly opened up and after a defensive error under pressure, the Away team netted a third six minutes later. Duncan Henderson intercepted a wayward ball and produced a long range chip which nestled in the goal receiving a clattering from the goalkeeper in the process. (0-3)
Home fans spirits had dropped but the players found a second wind with six minutes remaining. Centre Forward, Nick Pitt ran on to a brilliant through ball from Jon Dixon before producing a delicate chip to give his side some hope. (1-3)
Good strikers are said to be those who step up when needed and the Home side had one in Nick Pitt. The number 9 caused trouble in the Away box and was adjudged to be fouled by Away GK, Michael Chopra. The referee pointed to the spot to the protests of the Away side but Pitt got back to his feet to send Chopra the wrong way. The game now had a nervy last four minutes! (2-3)
Both teams fought until the end but the Away side did enough to hold on. The Home team produced an impressive last five minutes but the mountain was too high to climb. It was an excellent game including impressive goalkeeping and defensive displays in the first half.
Full-Time: Chelsea (Home) 2 - 3 Chelsea (Away)
Man of the Match Home: David Boorer
Man of the Match Away: Mike Burgess
Moment of the Match: Nick Pitt
Home Team: David Boorer, Derek McLeod, Ryan Todd, Jon Dixon, Dominic Shepherd, Jack Field, Charlie McNicholas, Stewart Paxton, Nick Pitt, George Freud, Ben Tritta, Sami Chaoui, Alex Veitch
Away Team: Michael Chopra, Matt Bennett, Mike Burgess, Tim Walker, Scott Rowan, Jamie Rodgers, Mitch Lafortune, Stuart Lewis, Duncan Henderson, Mark Brunton, Dannie O'Connor, Ed Read, Richard Edwards
Match Report written by Ben Waite
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