Held on a sun-filled morning on Saturday 18th June, our Derby County game at the club’s Moor Farm Training Ground, was the final game of the Football Aid 2016 season and it was a perfect way to bow out, with an open and entertaining contest which saw the Away team take the honours 1-7 in a game where both teams could be hugely proud of their efforts.
Date: Saturday 18th June 2016
Venue: Moor Farm, Derby County Training Ground
Derby (Home) vs Derby (Away)
Kick Off: 11:30 am
Legends: Michael Johnson, Marc Edworthy and Roy McFarland
Match Officials: Nick Hopton, Gareth Davis, Colin Keast & Chris Thompson
The 1st half started at a quick pace with both teams showing their intentions to score the first goal and getting the ball down and passing it crisply on the immaculate 4G playing surface.
With both teams pushing hard for an opening we didn’t have to wait long for our opening goal; and it was the Away team who took the lead when the Away No 9 Jake Maxwell’s deceptive shot looped over goalkeeper Allan Todd and into the goal on 8mins (0-1).
Following the goal, the away team were pushing to double their lead but the home team’s defence stood firm, with goalkeeper Allan Todd making several excellent stops to keep his team in the game. At the other end the Away defence were more comfortable, but as the half wore on the Home team gradually began to press for an equaliser.
However, the Away team’s pressure eventually told and they managed to double their lead in the 39th min when Away No 11 Billy Highton latched onto a pass and smashed the ball home at the back post (0-2).
Just before the half-time whistle, the Away No 7 Adam Seeley struck a lovely shot from 25 yards out into the top corner to put his side in command going into the break (0-3).
Half Time: Derby (Home) 0 - 3 Derby (Away)
It was time for the vital team talks from the legends at the half-time break, Michael Johnson hoped to inspire his Home team to a comeback, with a greater emphasis on pressurising the Away’s defence at every opportunity, whereas Marc Edworthy kept urging his Away team to keep doing what they were doing as their efforts had seen success so far.
The Home team started brightly however they went further behind in the 51st min when Away No 11 Billy Highton poked home a rebound after a great initial save by Home keeper Allan Todd (0-4).
The Away team were full of confidence now and No 11 Billy Highton completed his hat-trick in the 60th min with a well-struck penalty (0-5).
Not to be outdone by the DCFC fans, Away Legend Marc Edworthy scored his 1st goal in Derby County colours after he forced the ball home at the back post in the 65th min (0-6). And by the way he celebrated you could tell it meant a lot to him!
The Home team kept fighting hard to find a way into the game but it was not to be and Away No 9 Jake Maxwell doubled his goal tally in the 75th min when he fired the ball into the goal and celebrated with an acrobatic celebration (0-7).
However the gutsy Home team eventually earned themselves a breakthrough in the 88th min when Home No 9 and Captain Andy Adams showed great composure to step up and fire home a penalty (watch the video clip here) which was ‘won’ by Home Legend Michael Johnson (1-7).
That was to be the final significant effort on goal and the referee’s whistle brought the game to an end shortly afterwards with the Away team 1-7 winners. However the score-line didn’t entirely reflect how close a contest it had been for large periods of the match and the Home team certainly made it hard work for the Away team to earn their win.
Watching from the sidelines, former Rams Manager Roy McFarland commented on what great football was on show in a well-fought battle. Huge thanks to all the players and spectators who were involved today and a special thanks also to our Playing Legends Michael Johnson and Marc Edworthy. Finally we’d like to say a massive thanks to Derby County FC for allowing us the use of their magnificent training facilities to offer the opportunity for our Rams fans to Live the Dream!
Full Time: Derby (Home) 1 - 7 Derby (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Bob Thorpe
Man of the Match Away: Michael Seeley
Moment of the Match: Billy Highton
Home Team: Allan Todd, Wayne Plant, Michael Johnson, Connor Dodds, Terry Rickeard, Kieran Gray, Andy Adams (C), Stephen Davis, Sean Kidby, Ian Giles, Robert Thorpe, Nick Guy, Ryan Brocklehurst
Home Mascot: Tommy Plant
Away Team: Eoin McCafferty, John Seeley, Marc Edworthy, Mark Adams (C), Tyler Guy, Andrew Saunders, Adam Seeley, Matthew Farmer, Jake Maxwell, Michael Seeley, Billy Highton, Jake Marsden
Away Mascot: Harry Adams
Match Report written by Matt Annis