Our 2018 England vs Rep Ireland game at The Stadium of Light certainly provided plenty of entertainment! The impressive England team edged the result 8-7, with 5 goal striker Stuart Schofield the match winner for the 3 Lions, however the Rep of Ireland away team pushed them all the way and both teams received a huge round of applause as they left the pitch at the end of the match.
Date: Sunday 20th May 2018
Venue: The Stadium of Light
England (Home) vs Rep of Ireland (Away)
Kick Off: 12:30 pm
Legends & Managers: Andy Campbell, Thomas Butler & Micky Horswill
Match Officials: Paul Burt, Mark Bell, Peter Quinn & Robin Raymond
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than a kickabout at the Stadium of Light, that was what an England and Ireland side were about to do.
Ireland sporting the famous green shirt lined up as the Away side with legend Thomas Butler among their ranks while England donning the white of the Three lions had Andy Campbell to boast about.
It was the Away side who started the faster however when CF Paul Harrison latched onto a rebounded effort to prod home. (0-1)
England looked for an instant reply but Ireland CM Jeremy Fullam pulled out a crucial blocking tackle to deny England CF Jamie Martin. The green army immediately reversed the play but the lively Harrison saw his effort fly wide of the mark after a good run and some neat footwork.
The next chance fell to England when Sam Cunningham saw a powerful free kick go past the post. Ireland however were next to register on the scoreboard when they extended their lead to two. A beautiful ball over the top found CM Darren Macleod who calmly placed his finish past despairing England GK Roy Talbot. (0-2)
All the confidence was with the Irish side and CF Robert Fullam took it to heart when his acrobatic volleyed effort nestled in the rafters of the roof of the stadium rather than the net.
At the opposite end, the number 9 was also looking for a way to help his team but Stuart Schofield could only chip the goalkeeper and the net. Efforts were a plenty at both ends of the pitch and great skill from Ireland’s Harrison nearly led to an inadvertent own goal off of CH Duncan Shaw, luckily for him only out for a corner. Schofield and Martin then linked up for England before the former saw his attempt wide of the mark.
A goal for England was coming and Jamie Martin had it when a mistake by Irish legend Butler gave the striker the easiest of chances which he took. (1-2)
Ireland looked for an immediate response and had the ball in the net only to see the linesman raise his flag and the ‘goal’ chalked off. In an end-to-end half, England also forced a strong save from Irish keeper Matthew O’Regan.
England had an equalizer moments later though, Martin again netting. The striker springing a high back line to calmly chip over the onrushing keeper. (2-2)
The Irish side did not let their heads drop however and when a mistake from the England GK Talbot occurred, Harrison was on hand to regain the Away side’s lead. (2-3)
The Three Lions had the chance to equalize immediately though when Ireland’s Danny Cheng fouled the ever lively Martin in the penalty box. Although the keeper got fingertips on the strike, Stuart Schofield’s penalty was too hot to handle and England were level. (3-3)
It was to be Paul Harrison’s half at The Stadium of Light though, as after a breakaway run, the striker completed a first half hattrick minutes before the interval to give the Irish a goal advantage at the break. (3-4)
Half-Time: England (Home) 3 - 4 Rep Ireland (Away)
England needed a strong second half showing to return to the reality of beating the Irish and this was evident from the restart as Jamie Martin completed his hattrick, tapping in after a penalty advantage was played. (4-4)
Martin did not want to end the day on a losing side and looked for another as his latest effort cannoned off the post. It was his strike partner, Schofield who was to break the deadlock however, netting his second of the game after a piercing run through the Irish defence before the striker brought out a famous north east celebration (the Shearer point), just at the wrong ground Stuart!) (5-4)
Robert Fullam was in the goals again for Ireland as an initial shot rattled the crossbar before the striker outmuscled the goalkeeper to head home from close range. (5-5)
It was to be a half of trading goals however as Danny Cheng made up for giving away an earlier penalty with a strike from outside of the box. The unsighted England keeper was rooted to the spot and the Irish were back in the lead. (5-6)
The Irish goalkeeper was called into action minutes later when a diving save was needed to tip away a glancing header from an English attacker.
Irish confidence was at a high and their lead was extended to two when Paul Harrison scored the goal of the game. England were caught in possession and the attacker curled an exquisite effort into the top right hand corner. (5-7)
Another chance for the Irish went begging when a 3 v 2 effort was put wide. The game was being stretched with weary and tired legs creeping in going into the final ten minutes.
With gaps appearing, stamina was a vital factor and England striker Stuart Schofield still had plenty. The England no. 9 kept calm in the box to tap into an open net after a superb run and strength from the LM to cut the deficit to one. A hattrick for the England striker. (6-7)
Jamie Martin then saw a chipped effort land on the roof of the net as England upped the ante looking for an equaliser. Schofield then produced a moment of magic to net his fourth of the game. A driving run before cutting in from the right byline to slot past the Irish keeper and set for a tense finale. (7-7)
England legend Andy Campbell looked to be the hero of the moment as his long range effort looked destined for the net before cannoning back off of the woodwork. It was to be Stuart Schofield who took the glory though as he netted his fifth of the game late on which ultimately proved to be the winner. Irish goalkeeper O'Regan committed to gain the ball before the striker rounded the onrushing GK to complete an England comeback and again prove the English always beat the Irish when it comes to football! (8-7)
Full-Time: England (Home) 8 - 7 Rep Ireland (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Stuart Schofield
Man of the Match Away: Darren Macleod
Moment of the Match: Paul Harrison
Home Team: Roy Talbot (C), John Macdonald, Andy Campbell, Duncan Shaw, Stuart Lee, Sam Cunningham, Danny Cheng, Scott Whensley, Stuart Schofield, James Lyons, Jamie Martin, Chad Payn, David Brown, Scott Whensley
Home Manager: Micky Horswill
Home Mascots: Alex Gilmore & Alfie Schofield
Away Team: Matthew O'Regan, Stuart Hendy, Thomas Butler, Kevin Maree (C), Christopher Ward, Jeremy Fullam, Richard Bowers, Roland Blaney, Robert Fullam, Darren Macleod, Paul Harrison, Chris Rogerson, Andrew Scullion, Paul Rogerson
Away Mascot: Sebastian O'Regan & Gabriel Bowers
The photographs in this report were taken on staff mobile phones on the day. A full selection of official photographs are available to order from Matt Nuttall’s website here >> www.footballaidphotos.com. You can also contact Matt on Tel: 07793 818021 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“I am taking this early opportunity to write to thank you and everyone at Football Aid for providing me the opportunity to play my FINAL game (at 75) in a most competitive and enjoyable match at the Stadium of Light yesterday. With both teams having highly skilled
players the quality of play was outstanding and the final score line of England 8 Republic of Ireland 7 is proof of how open and resolute the match was. It was a pleasure and privilege to be part of such a memorable game and at the final whistle being congratulated by every player, and then on my return to our dressing room receiving a spontaneous ovation will be a lasting memory.
I must also thank you for the complimentary comments made when presenting the Winning Captain's Trophy that in years to come will remind me of such a wonderful day and what can be achieved personally through the dedicated ideals and staff at your Football Aid charity.”
Roy Talbot – Home No.1 (England vs Republic of Ireland)
“Just back home after an amazing day playing for England v Ireland with @FootballAid and my father-in-law, who at the age of 75 hung up his boots today!” #footballaid #MOT #england #inpain #walkingfunny
Duncan Shaw – Home Team No.4 (England vs Republic of Ireland)
“Good to sign off @FootballAid 2018 with a win. 4 Games, 2 wins and 2 defeats! 2 new grounds never seen never mind played on in Brighton and Sunderland. Roll on Football Aid 2019! ⚽⚽”
Danny Cheng – Home Team No.7 (England vs Republic of Ireland)
“Fabulous day at the Stadium of Light for @FootballAid. Met some amazing people again, and all for great causes. Great to catch up with @butlertom30 today also!”
Andy Campbell – Former England Internationalist
“Great day out @FootballAid at the Stadium of Light today some good shifts put in from the boys @andycampbell32 👏”
Thomas Butler – Former Sunderland AFC & Republic of Ireland Internationalist