When a big event falls on Friday the 13th it would usually be seen as an unlucky omen….But that wasn’t the case for our Football Aid players as they got to Live the Dream in our 2nd Manchester City game of the season at the impressive Etihad Stadium! It was a great occasion for all involved, with the impressive Away team taking the honours on the night 2-9 in a high-paced goal filled game.
Date: Friday 13th May 2016
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Man City (Home) vs Man City (Away)
Kick Off: 18:00 pm
Match Officials: Pete Simm, Danny Sims, Craig Littler & Henry Simm
The Home team kicked our 2nd Man City game of the season at the Etihad Stadium, wearing the traditional Sky Blue kit and playing from left to right towards the recently expanded South Stand. It was a very open start to the game, which saw both teams creating some half-chances early on.
The 1st clear chance of the game came for the Away side, No 10 Alejandro Morello trying to curl a close range free-kick into the top left hand corner, but Home No 1 Abdulla Al Qannas was quickly over to prevent it from going in.
Both teams were trying hard to beat the deadlock but defences were on top in the early stages, however we got our 1st goal of the game on 28mins when Away No 11 Francisco Centeno curled a beautiful strike into the top corner of the goal, just like he’d done at Bolton Wanderers a few days earlier (0-1)!
It was the Away side that were the more dominant side now and they doubled their lead in the 34th min when Away No 8 Zack Wilson’s shot took a deflection and wrong footed the goalkeeper (0-2).
Things got even better for the team in Dark Blue just before half-time when Away No 10 Alejandro Morello’s strike from an unthinkable angle managed to beat the keeper and make it (0-3).
The Home team were battling hard though and a brilliant ball through by their No 10 Sam Cunningham found Home No 26 and Captain Andrea Massari who was one-on-one with Away No 1 Sam Godsall, however the impressive keeper did enough to prevent the Home team from getting on the scoresheet.
That was the last important action of the 1st half. Three moments of individual brilliance from the Away side had given them a comfortable lead, however the Home team had created their own chances and were hopeful they could still get back into the game in the 45mins remaining.
Half Time: Man City (Home) 0 - 3 Man City (Away)
The Away team restarted the game, keen to continue their impressive form from the 1st half but it was the Home side who started the brighter of the two sides.
And their bright start paid off and the Home side scored in the 50th min when Home No 15 Steve Williams’ low cross found Home No 9 James Barnsdall, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net to make it (1-3).
The team in Sky Blue were buoyed by their 1st goal of the game and they nearly scored another on the counter attack when Home No 15 Steve Williams crossed a ball deep into the box and found James Barnsdall, however the striker saw his smart header saved by Away No 1 Sam Godsall at point blank range.
Then a great diving save from Home No 1 Abdulla Al Qannas denied Away No 17 Gary Jones’ shot from the edge of the box, the effort earned them a corner but they couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity from the dead-ball situation.
It was the Away team who struck next, Away No 9 Chris Rogerson drilling a shot past the keeper in the 55th min to make it (1-4).
The 2nd half was a much more open affair and the Home side got themselves right back in the game when they won a penalty in the 59th min, No 15 Steve Williams stepped up to take it an showed great composure to score and reduce the deficit to two goals again (2-4).
Away No 9 Chris Rogerson was sporting a head bandage similar to Terry Butcher after an earlier injury in the 1st half, but it didn’t stop him from popping up in the box to score his 2nd of the game a few mins later to restore the Away team’s 3 goal lead (2-5)
The Away striker Chris Rogerson was enjoying a fantastic spell of form and he completed an incredible 8 min hat-trick making the score (2-6).
The Home side were under real pressure now and the goals were flying in for the Away side and it was soon 2-7 after Away No 7 Gonzalo Rioja picked the ball up and managed to skilfully lob the goalkeeper in the 65th min before celebrating in style (2-7).
The Away side were well on top now and just 2 mins later their Away No 11 Francisco Centeno’s well taken effort allowed him to grab his 2nd goal of the night and his side’s 8th goal of the contest (2-8).
A 2nd hat-trick of the game was completed by Away No 11 Francisco Centeno when he scored another excellent curling effort, which was similar to his 1st, in the 80th min making it (2-9).
The Home side tried disparately to get something from the game in the dying mins, however Centeno’s effort was to be the final goal of the game. It had been a goal filled game of great excitement which saw the Away side run away 2-9 winners. However the score didn’t fully reflect the good team play and spirited performance of the Home side. A huge thank you to all our supporters for their excellent support and to Manchester City FC for allowing our players the chance to Live the Dream over the two days at the fantastic Etihad Stadium.
Full Time: Man City (Home) 2 - 9 Man City (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Antonio Froio
Man of the Match Away: Alejandro Morello
Moment of the Match: Francisco Centeno
Home Team: Abdulla Al Qannas, Gary Jones, Antonio Froio, Gary Leo Durkin, Steven Westhead, Gary Thomas, Craig Purnell, James Barnsdall, Sam Cunningham, Richard Mullen, Steven Westhead (H6), Steve Williams, Andrea Massari (C), Kevin Banks
Home Mascot: Jacob Safa
Away Team: Sam Godsall, Paul Safa (C), Eduardo Villavicencio, Dean Twyman, Gustavo Britos, Gonzalo Rioja, Zack Wilson, Chris Rogerson, Alejandro Morello, Francisco Centeno, Gustavo Britos (A6), Dean Twyman (A5), Darren Cohen, Gary Jones
Away Mascot: Jasmine Safa
Match Report written by Matt Annis