The sun was shining down on a Goodison Park that was prepared to host a day of entertaining matches. First up were Everton’s G1 player’s, who took to the field both looking for a win, though it was the Home side that came Away from a brilliant contest the victors, after both sides battled and created many chances, the clinical Home side got the goals that were needed.
Date: Thursday 18th May 2017
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton (Home) vs Everton (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
Legend/Manager: Duncan McKenzie
Match Officials: Sam Orritt, Elliot Bell, Joshua Smith, Luis Griffiths & Scott Poole
It was the Away side that started off with a spring in their step, and the team in Dark Navy strips registered the first shot on target. However the well struck volley from Gary Williams was tipped over by an outstretched hand from keeper Callum Worker.
The Home side’s defence had to remain strong to stop the constant attacking threat from the Away side, and they did exactly that, putting in some vital interceptions.
Despite the resolute defending, the Away side came close again! Michael Kehoe’s quick turn and hit crashed off the post, leaving the keeper stranded, but the ball rebounded away from danger.
The Home side then registered their first shot on target, after a dangerous looking counter attack was beginning to form, the ball came to Jeff Wallace, who hit a sweet strike which needed to be tipped over by keeper Aaron Armstrong.
It was on the 20th minute that the Home side got the opening goal, after a pinpoint through ball from James Drury was latched onto by Jeff Wallace, who then showed great skill to calmly dink the ball just over the advancing keeper and into the net (1-0).
Again, the Home side looked to have the ball in the net, though James Drury’s chipped effort was judged to be offside.
The Away side then narrowly missed out on an equalising goal after a mix up at the back allowed Robert Green to put the ball across the box, however it was just cleared away from the advancing Leighton Wright.
Then right on the half hour mark there was another goal for the Home side, and another assist from James Drury, the No 9’s pass found his strike partner Mark McCormick in an onside position and the No 11 rolled the ball smartly past the keeper to double his side’s lead (2-0).
The Home team were gaining confidence in attack and it took a crucial last ditch sliding tackle from Kevin Kirby to halt Courtney McCormick from running in on goal.
However the Away side weren’t out of the contest and after a slight mix up in the Home side’s defence, and a couple of rebounds, the ball fell to Michael Kehoe, who slotted the ball under the keeper to get his side back in the game on the 39th min (2-1).
The first half came to a close soon afterwards with the Home side enjoying a narrow one goal advantage. Both sides had battled from start to finish to gain the upper-hand but the Home side were more clinical with the chances that came their way. The Away side still created plenty of opportunities themselves though and the game was still all to play for in the second half.
Half Time: Everton (Home) 2 - 1 Everton (Away)
The second half began with some hard challenges in the midfield as both sides fought to gain possession of the ball.
Leighton Wright managed to cut inside and create some space for himself to take the shot, though his finessed effort was an easy catch for the Home keeper Callum Worker.
Then a golden chance for the Home side to get their third goal was thwarted by Aaron Armstrong. The marauding Mark McCormick beat the last man and was 1-on-1 with the keeper, however his shot wasn’t powerful enough and Armstrong did well to keep it out.
The pressure mounted at the other end and it took an important block from the Home side’s Stephen O’Leary to keep his side a goal ahead. Then a good save from Home keeper Callum Worker was needed to deny Leighton Wright.
At the other end another chance for the Home side came and went when James Drury’s pass found Gareth Sharp behind the defence, though, again, the Away keeper Aaron Armstrong got down well and stopped the ball.
It was an absorbing contest and with just the 1 goal in it the result was on a knife edge, however the Home side continued to press and they got the decisive goal on 87mins. A good run from Jeff Wallace down the line allowed the impressive midfielder to put the ball across the box to Mark McCormick and the striker placed his strike into the back of the net, bagging his 2nd goal of the game and his team’s 3rd with only minutes left on the clock (3-1).
Shortly after the 3rd came the 4th goal for the Home side! James Drury showed some quick feet to find space and take the shot and when his strike rebounded off the keeper, Mark McCormick was on hand to volley the ball past the keeper to notch his hat trick in the 89th min (4-1).
The final whistle went soon afterwards, with the Home side running out convincing winners in the end by 4 goals to 1. However the Away side created plenty of chances throughout themselves and on another day it could have been a totally different game. Both sides fought well, with neither side shying away from a challenge and the Toffees fans in the stands were treated to a fantastic contest.
A huge thanks again to Everton FC and EITC for their fantastic support and a special mention also to club Legend Duncan McKenzie for regaling the players with plenty of entertaining stories from his illustrious career.
Full Time: Everton (Home) 4 - 1 Everton (Away)
Man of the Match Home: No.10 Courtney McCormick
Man of the Match Away: No.2 John Jessop
Moment of the Match: No.11 Mark McCormick
Home Team: Callum Worker (C), Ian Robb, Ian Bonnette, Peter McCormick, Gareth Sharp, Mark Reilly, Jeff Wallace, James Drury, Courtney McCormick, Mark McCormick, Sean Mcglory, Stephen O'Leary, John O'Leary, Jeff Wallace (H8)
Home Manager: Duncan McKenzie
Home Mascot: Jacob Wallace
Away Team: Aaron Armstrong, John Jessop, Kevin Kirby, Luke Peters, Liam Cassidy, Leighton Wright, Jim Thompson, Michael Kehoe (C), Gary Williams, Robert Green, Carmine Capaldi, Gavin Black, Michael Doyle, James Simpson
Away Manager: Duncan McKenzie
Away Mascot: Thomas Williams
Match report written by Joshua Brimble
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
"Amazing day, I will be supporting the cause again next year."
Callum Worker - G1 Home Team No.1
"Amazing day at the best Club. Thanks to everyone."
Ian Robb - G1 Home Team No.2
"GREAT DAY! Amazing ground and wonderful support."
Liam Cassidy - G1 Away Team No.6
"I thought the whole experience was brilliant, real bucket list stuff! From a personal point of view, my hamstring popped after 15 minutes so I was gutted to have to sit the rest of the game out. I still tell everyone who asks though that it was 0-0 when I went off and we ended up losing 1-4 so I can claim some dodgy form of glory there! The two medical guys who looked after me were great by the way. Having said this, all of the little details beforehand soften the blow somewhat. Your shirt hanging up, the actual match-day announcer, teamsheets, Z-Cars playing as you run out and the overall professional presentation of something like an actual matchday (minus about 38,000 people of course!)
Just getting to play at Goodison even for 15 minutes made the early start for the trip up from Solihull and the tight hamstring worth it.
Best of all, I was aware of just how much money was being raised in each game for charity so that was the icing on the cake. Hoping to play again next year but I'm 50 in August so may well consider making this something akin to me going out at the top. How many people can claim their final game of footy was played at Goodison? My 21 year old lad was at the game and might have to carry the Thompson torch in 2018!
Thanks for a great day and for all of the excellent work carried out by Football Aid."
Jim Thompson - G1 Away Team No.8