We’ve seen some great games over the years at Goodison Park and the 2018 edition certainly lived up to expectations, with a closely contested and free flowing game going the way of the Home team 4-2. A pair of braces by Alex Lewis and Andy Kenny proved the difference between the sides, however the Away team acquitted themselves well and Pascual Ciampi’s brilliant team goal was a worthy winner of the Moment of the Match trophy.
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton (Home) vs Everton (Away)
Kick Off: 09:30 am
Playing Legend: Stuart Barlow
The excellent Spring weather continued to hold up and the conditions were perfect as the Everton players took to the Goodison Park pitch for our Football Aid 2018 encounter. The dry conditions led to a quick passing game early on and both sets of players were pinging the ball about confidently.
The Home team, led by former Everton hero Stuart Barlow, started the game brightly and after just 5mins their No 10 Ben Dermott had the ball in the net after latching onto a header from a free-kick, however he was just offside and the goal was ruled out. At the other end a great through ball from Luis Vasconez allowed the pacy striker Gary Williams to run clear of the defence and get a shot on goal, however his left foot effort drifted narrowly past the right hand post.
The game was being played at a frenetic pace, with play raging from one end to the other regularly and it was no surprise that the Home team’s opening goal came from a quick break. With 14mins on the clock an Away attack broke down and the ball was played quickly to No 7 Alvaro Sanchez and the right winger released the ball swiftly to his No 9 Alex Lewis on the right side of the area. There didn’t look much on but the striker unleashed a brilliant right foot shot which flew past the keeper and into the far corner of the net and the striker celebrated in style with a Cahill boxing celebration at the corner flag! (1-0)
The Home team were buoyed by their opener and David Kelly showed quick feet to set up a chance on the edge of the area, however his dipping shot was just too high. Soon after the Home striker Andrew Kenny had the ball in the net after following up a shot from less than a yard out, however he was correctly flagged for offside.
The Home team continued to press for a 2nd goal and Andrew Kenny went close after a surging run and shot, however the Away keeper Kevin Kirby did well to block the shot with his legs. Then a great passing movement from the Home team ended with Ben Dermott expertly threading the ball through the defence for Leyton Berrey to run onto. The young left midfielder’s side foot finish looked destined for the corner of the goal until Kirby narrowly deflected it wide. However, with 34mins on the clock, the Home team got their reward direct from the corner. Simon Berrey won the header and when the ball fell to Alex Lewis the striker swivelled on the spot and volleyed the ball in off the underside of the bar. Another great finish from the deadly marksman! (2-0)
The Away team weren’t dis-hearted though and they hit back a few mins later with a brilliant goal crafted by our boys from Florida, USA! It started when Luis Vasconez fed Gonzalo Rioja, he quickly found Francisco Centeno who played the ball 1st time to Pascual Ciampi, the big No 10 played a clever one-two with Centeno then turned inside his marker and curled an unstoppable right foot shot just inside the far post (2-1).
Unfortunately the Away team didn’t have long to enjoy their strike as the Home team hit back almost straight away! Legend Stuart Barlow floated a ball into the box and prolific striker Andrew Kenny controlled it and poked it home with the outside of his right boot to continue his incredible Football Aid goal-scoring record! (3-1)
The striker almost doubled his tally a few moments later when he barged a defender off the ball and raced in on goal before trying to bend a shot round the keeper, however goalkeeper Kirby was equal to his effort and beat the ball away. Ben Dermott smashed the follow up goalwards, however Away No 4 Simon Mason was in the right place at the right time to deflect the ball over the bar.
The Away team held out until half-time and the lead for the Home team stayed at 3-1. It had been a fantastic 45mins of football and the watching Everton fans in the stands were hoping for more of the same after the break.
Half-Time: Everton (Home) 3 - 1 Everton (Away)
The Away team came out of the blocks quickly and their No 9 Gary Williams tested the Home keeper Michael Moglione with a great run and angled drive right after the break, however the dependable stopper was up to the task and dived to his right to beat the ball away.
The Away team were determined to get back into the match and with substitute Vincent Newlands pulling the strings in midfield they were hemming the Home team back in their own half. After swapping teams at half-time Stuart Barlow was also causing problems down the left wing and a cross from the former Toffee on 55mins led to a chance at the back post for Pascual Ciampi, but he was denied twice in quick succession by a block from Home No 4 Jonathan Good and then a great clearance off the line by Joseph Lewis.
The Home team were still a danger on the break and Andrew Kenny raced clear of the defence and cleverly lobbed the ball over the advancing Kevin Kirby, however his effort just grazed the outside of the right hand post…
Back came the Away team and with 71mins gone they reduced their deficit to just the one goal. Stuart Barlow clipped a cross to the back post which Pascual Ciampi did well to head back across the goal and Paul Old timed his run perfectly to ghost into the box and side foot home a brilliant left foot volley from 8 yards out (3-2).
The Away team had their tails up now and were determined to get the equalizer, however the Home defence of Good, Berrey and the 2 x Findlays were throwing themselves into challenges and putting their bodies on the line to protect their lead. They were backed up by a great keeper behind them in Moglione as well and the dependable No 1 did very well to save a low shot with his feet from the increasingly influential Vincent Newlands.
However in their efforts to get back on level terms they were leaving gaps at the back and with just 5mins remaining the Home team took full advantage. No 17 Carmine Capaldi found fellow sub Nick Findlay in acres of space on the left and the fullback selflessly squared the ball for Andrew Kenny who was standing all alone on the penalty spot, the deadly striker controlled the ball and fired it goalwards and even though Kevin Kirby got a hand to the ball he couldn’t stop it finding the net. Kenny ran back to his adoring fans to celebrate with the strains of “There’s only one Andy Kenny” ringing in his ears! (4-2)
The Home team’s 4th goal was the knock-out punch and the Away team couldn’t respond again and the referee’s whistle went soon afterwards to confirm the 4-1 win for the Home team. It had been a brilliant end to end game, with both sets of players giving their all in warm conditions and the Toffees fans received a rousing round of applause as they left the pitch at the end of the match.
Huge thanks again to Everton FC, Everton ITC, Legend Stuart Barlow and all our players for their fantastic support.
Full-Time: Everton (Home) 4 - 2 Everton (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Marc Mardell
Man of the Match Away: Vincent Newlands
Moment of the Match: Pascual Ciampi
Home Team: Michael Moglione, Marc Mardell, Stuart Barlow (1st half), Jonathan Good, Simon Berrey, David Kelly, Alvaro Sanchez, Leyton Berrey, Alex Lewis, Ben Dermott, Andrew Kenny (C), Joseph Lewis, Scott Findlay, Nick Findlay, Carmine Capaldi
Home Mascot: Luke Kenny
Away Team: Kevin Kirby (C), Joseph Smith, Simon Mason, Mark Williams, Andrew Bloxham, Gonzalo Rioja, Luis Vasconez, Gary Williams, Pascual Ciampi, Francisco Centeno, Paul Old, Alan Mctavish, Vincent Newlands, Graham Findlay
Away Mascot: Jack Kirby
Match Report written by Simon Farnan.
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
"Absolutely delighted to get another couple of goals on the hallowed turf - some 5 years on from my first. A dream come true every time you do it - not to mention the fantastic work you guys are doing in the community through charities. Once again, a truly priceless experience."
Alex Lewis – Home Team No.9
"Just a short note to say thanks for an excellently run event, thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was quite surreal playing there after so many years going to watch. So well done for giving people like me the opportunity to play at a grounds like Goodison. I will certainly consider doing it again."
Dave Kelly – Home Team No.6
"Dreams really do come true. Keep up the good work."
Simon Berrey – Home Team No.5
"An absolute pleasure to play with fellow Blues and raise money for such a great cause."
Kevin Kirby – Away team No.1
"Great experience, great pitch, great cause!"
Luis Vasconez – Away Team No.8
"Thanks to all the Football Aid family – another great experience. See you in 2019!"
Jonathan Good - Home Team No.4
"Thank you for a fantastic day, best birthday gift ever!"
Joseph Lewis – Home Team No.14