It was a beautiful sunny Monday morning in May when the ref’s whistle blew to get the 2019 Football Aid event underway at Old Trafford. It turned out to be a hugely entertaining 90 minutes with the Home side emphatically coming out on top with a 9-3 victory, with an equally balanced six goals in each half!
Date: Monday 20th May 2019
Venue: Old Trafford
Man Utd (Home) vs Man Utd (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
The Home side sported the famous red shirts of United while the Away team took to the pitch in the Pink change kit. Former Red Devil, Danny Webber was in attendance to make the day extra special and he played 45 minutes a-piece for both teams starting with the Home side for the first half.
It was the ‘hosts’ who took an early attacking stance forcing goalkeeper Pete Royle into an early low save. On seven minutes, the deadlock was broken when Rik English opened his account, finishing a one-on-one chance by connecting with a chipped through ball. The powerful striker had come all the way from Australia to play in the game and he looked like he was determined to make the most of his trip! (1-0)
Royle was to be in for a busy morning, as his goal was continually peppered but it was the Away side who netted next. Raden Ahmad Faizal curled an emphatic effort from outside of the box into the net past a helpless Home goalkeeper to level the tie with 14 mins played. (1-1)
The momentum was with the ‘visitors’ as Javier Arraiz sent a headed effort off both posts before the Home team countered with William Williams dragging a shot wide from close range. It was an end-to-end period of the tie with Home goalkeeper Kevin Giddins then forced into a great one-on-one save.
However it was to be the Home midfielder Issa Berjaoui who had his name in lights on 21 minutes when he converted a solo effort to regain the Red team’s lead. (2-1)
The Home team were buoyed by their strike and their lead was extended immediately after the restart after Away defender Geoff Ellis was caught in possession at the back, leaving the dangerous Rik English to fire in his second goal of the day. (3-1)
It was turning out to be a battle of the number nines as both were looking dangerous. Faizal saw his volley comfortably handled by Home GK Giddins before fellow number one Royle saw action of the wrong kind at the opposite end. The goalkeeper committed himself to the ball, fouling Williams to concede a penalty. Up stepped the stricken Williams but Royle wanted retribution and produced the goods, saving the spot kick brilliantly!
The Home pressure continued as Gonzalo Rioja was called into defensive action sliding into clear an effort off the goal line. An impressive attacking run only needed a simple finish into an open net, but Rioja’s determination paid off to give his team a slight respite.
However former pro Danny Webber, who netted over 50 goals in his professional career showed his class on the half hour mark. The former United striker finishing off a great solo run to extend the Home lead to three. (4-1)
It was a four-goal lead three minutes later when Adam Feigin beat the offside trap and unselfishly laid the ball across the box to Rik English to tap home for his hattrick and the Home side’s fifth goal. (5-1)
There followed an array of chances before the break, including impressive saves from the busy Royle as Rik English continued to look dangerous, before an acrobatic effort from Williams flew wide. Jason Kok was denied for the Home side by a last-ditch tackle from Garry Thomson, while Rocky Spitzer sent an effort wide at the other end of the pitch as the Away side looked for a consolation before half time.
The Home side went in the happier of the two teams at the break with a four-goal advantage, mainly thanks to Rik English’s impressive hattrick. It looked like the Away side had a mountain to climb but with the benefit of Webber in their second half ranks, nothing could be ruled out.
Half-Time: Man Utd (Home) 5 - 1 Man Utd (Away)
The second half proved to be a calmer affair, but the goals kept flowing with both teams tiring on the energy sapping Old Trafford pitch. The Away side had the first of the second period when Jason Kok fired home a powerful effort from a clever assist from Williams four minutes after the restart. (5-2)
It looked like a comeback could be on when Webber, now playing for the Away side trimmed the deficit to two goals a minute later. A solo run from the legend led him to dummy the goalkeeper before chipping the helpless Giddins, for the Away side’s third of the morning. (5-3)
A couple of chances went begging for the Away side as they looked to further their response, with the impressive Giddins saving from Faizal before the Away captain fired wide minutes later.
After a rally from the Away side, their effort seemed in vain when with 59 minutes on the clock, Rik English notched his fourth of the game and extended the Home lead back to three. (6-3)
The lead was then extended even further on 71 minutes when half time substitute Craig Sweeney caught fellow substitute Michael Tunstall in possession before turning and firing the ball into the net. (7-3)
Goals were raining in now and the Home side were the sole beneficiaries of the goal fest! Substitute James Wesley had a go at testing the goalkeeper from range and with the luck of an awkward bounce, his effort found the net. Royle was outdone by the bounce and could only watch in despair as the net rippled with 13 minutes remaining of the tie. (8-3)
There was still time for the hosts to net a ninth goal as Craig Sweeney completed his brace less than a minute after the eighth goal. The central midfielder was put through on goal and calmly finished his one-on-one effort by dinking the ball over the helpless Royle. It had been an unlucky day for the Away GK to be on the losing side and he could hold his head held high after a superb overall performance between the sticks. (9-3)
It had been one-way traffic at times as the Home side stormed to a 9-3 victory, but the score-line didn’t tell the full story as there were several spells where the Away side looked dangerous and caused the Home team trouble. It was a treat for all involved to have Danny Webber on hand to show his quality, and he didn’t disappoint with a goal scored for either side.
However the real star of the show was surely Rik English, the four goal striker looked dangerous throughout the 90mins and fully deserved his Man of the Match trophy.
Full-Time: Man Utd (Home) 9 - 3 Man Utd (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Rik English
Man of the Match Away: Rocky Spitzer
Moment of the Match: Pete Royle
Home Team: Kevin Giddins, Brian Donne, Danny Webber (1st half), Michael Basger, Christopher Platanos, Issa Berjaoui, Jason Kok, Alan English, Rik English, Oliver Basger, William Williams, Craig Sweeney, Mike Grieve, Adam Feigin, Steve Paterson, James Wesley
Home Mascot: Gabriel Feigin & Jaydon Feigin
Away Team: Pete Royle, Rocky Spitzer, Danny Webber (2nd half), Geoff Ellis, Jay Eaton, Jason Leeson, Gonzalo Rioja, Javier Arraiz, Raden Ahmad Faizal (C), Pascual Ciampi, Alejandro Morello, Garry Thomson, Stephen Annand, Michael Tunstall, Francisco Centeno, David O’Neill
Away Mascot: Jayden West
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“Best day of my life! Thank you for organising. I will never forget celebrating my dad’s 60th birthday; scoring four goals at Old Trafford and playing in the same team as him”.
“Great day really enjoyed it again great experience and will definitely be returning next year”.
“Massive thanks to @FootballAid for today. Amazing experience. We go again next year 💪🏼”
“I just wanted to say thanks for my son Luke Foster who had an amazing experience for his game at Old Trafford. Regards”.
“Thanks to you all, Pascual & all of us had a FANTASTIC time”.
“Best day of the year! Thanks so much – best wishes for many more years”.
“A day I will always remember with very fond memories!”
“Thank you very much for a once in a lifetime experience – incredible”!
“Thank you Football Aid for a truly unforgettable day”!!