There was action bright and early in Liverpool as Football Aid arrived at Goodison Park for a busy day. The first of three games saw an all Everton tie with the Away side coming out 6-1 winners in a comprehensive victory.
Date: Thursday 16th May 2019
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton (Home) vs Everton (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
Managers: Stuart Barlow & Ian Snodin
It was a 10:00am start on Merseyside with former Everton players Ian Snodin and Stuart Barlow on hand to guide the two sides through an entertaining game. Snodin took charge from the side-lines as Barlow played 45 minutes for both sides.
The Home side sported the classic blue shirts and white shorts while the Away side lined up in an all-black strip.
Emanuele Tamburrini started in lively fashion and tested the Home GK from the start. The right midfielder forced a good save from Ross Brown with an effort on the slide before Brown was again called in to action to deny Tamburrini from a breakaway move.
As well as the players fulfilling dreams, the officials were also getting the full experience on the day. The referee keeping the game up to professional standards, branded the first yellow card of the day to Gary Williams for a push through the back. The Home striker would need to keep an eye on his discipline for the rest of the tie.
The Away side then broke the deadlock just past the half hour mark when Joel Gottlieb had his moment to celebrate. Full Back, Peter France found himself in space down the left before squaring the ball to Gottlieb who knocked home. The striker then celebrated with his shirt off to the displeasure of the Home fans, Gottlieb didn’t mind, he’d just scored at Goodison Park! (0-1)
Momentum was with the ‘visitors’ and Alex Taylor had a chance to extend the lead. The winger went one-on-one with Brown but again the Home GK came to the rescue. Gottlieb could then only fire the rebound over the bar.
Gottlieb was causing all kinds of trouble for the Home defence. The striker forced another save from the impressive Brown with a side footed effort. The ‘keeper producing a great reaction save.
The pressure paid off on 43 minutes though as Joel Gottlieb bagged his 2nd goal of the day. The striker finished off a move by rounding Brown and tapping home to the joy of the Away followers in the stands. (0-2)
If it wasn’t for the first half heroics of Ross Brown in the Home net, the Away team could have been out of reach. The goalkeeper kept the Home team in the game with an array of fantastic saves and the Home team had some thanks to give at half time.
The sides went into the break with contrasting team talks to be had. The Away team looked to extend their two goal advantage while the Home side hoped for an impressive come back.
Half-Time: Everton (Home) 0 - 2 Everton (Away)
With both sides having different aims for the 2nd period, the fans and players alike were in for an exciting affair.
The Away team now had Stuart Barlow on their side and the former Everton midfielder looked to strengthen the side’s position. The former winger made over 70 appearances for the Toffees and has kept himself in peak condition ever since and so the opposition certainly had a mountain to climb.
That mountain was made bigger within a minute of the restart when the visitors had a 3rd goal. Neil David Wynne, a half time substitute made an immediate impact on the tie. Catching the goalkeeper off his line, the midfielder sent a shot into the back of the net from over 40 yards for a goal of the season contender! (0-3)
Tamburrini continued to look dangerous, forcing Brown into 2nd half action after a low shot, with the follow up then being punched over by the goalkeeper.
The Home side looked for a response and Andrew Ambrose had a golden chance to get his side back in it. The substitute winger had space in the box before firing wide, his effort was so close both the fans and players thought it was a goal.
Normality was restored however when Tamburrini again forced Brown into action, the ‘keeper clearing off the line while backtracking. Oliver Gottlieb then saw his effort cleared off the line before his namesake Joel fired over.
The Away pressure eventually paid off on 74 minutes, and it was number 4, Andrew Rowley who had his name in lights. The ever impressive Tamburrini rounded the goalkeeper before unselfishly laying the ball back to the onrushing Rowley to tap home. (0-4)
Fitness and fatigue were playing their part as the game wore on and the Away team continued to take advantage and Peter France netted a fifth for his team when he thundered in an effort from the left. Neil David Wynne saw the onrushing fullback, played across the pass and France did the rest on 83 minutes. (0-5)
Luke Smith then rattled the crossbar with a venomous effort before Captain Francesco Turi curled an effort towards goal. The captain adding his name to Brown’s list of ‘saved’ efforts.
There was a rare chance for the Home side when their striker Joseph Smith broke through only to see his effort take a slight deflection to force a corner. The following set piece was a poor one but the action was away from the kick. The referee saw grappling he didn’t like and with a no nonsense approach immediately pointed to the spot. No 9 Smith stepped up to the penalty spot and fired a perfect spot kick into the top corner, for a consolation goal with just two minutes remaining. (1-5)
However, the Away team did not take lightly to conceding their clean sheet and they netted a sixth goal immediately from the restart. Luke Smith broke clear down the right and calmly picked out a pinpoint cross for Ben Dermott to head home unchallenged. There was nothing Brown could do about this one! (1-6)
So time was called on the first fixture of the day at Goodison Park and it was the Away team who triumphed 6-1. A strong showing from all involved but the Away side proved too strong for their Home counterparts. Home goalkeeper Ross Brown can take credit for a strong performance earning him a deserved Player of the Match award though. What would game two, the Merseyside derby throw up next??
Full-Time: Everton (Home) 1 - 6 Everton (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Ross Brown
Man of the Match Away: Alessandro Ricci
Moment of the Match: Neil David Wynne
Home Team: Ross Brown, Graham Douglas, James Martin, Matthew Salisbury, Craig Shields, Mark Williams, Keith Williams, Joseph Smith, Andrew Bloxham, Gary Williams, John Flanagan (C), Rian Adshead, Sam Hughes, Andrew Ambrose
Home Mascot: Harris Hunter-Brown
Away Team: Chad Pearson, Peter France, Andrew Rowley, Alessandro Ricci, Francesco Turi (C), Emanuele Tamburrini, Alex Taylor, Joel Gottlieb, Ben Dermott, Oliver Gottlieb, Neil David Wynne, Luke Smith
Away Mascot: Maxxee Smith
Match Report written by Ben Waite.
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“Amazing day playing for my beloved blues at Goodison Park. A much closer game than it looked like it was going to be! Thanks @FootballAid @Everton for the fantastic opportunity and organisation”!
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