Our Sunderland 2018 match at the Stadium of Light was an extremely close encounter throughout, with the 2 x teams of Black Cats fans giving their all to try to gain the upper-hand on their rivals. In the end the Away team came out on top 2-4, but the Home team pushed them all the way and it was a thoroughly entertaining match for all those watching in the stands.
Date: Sunday 20th May 2018
Venue: The Stadium of Light
Sunderland (Home) vs Sunderland (Away)
Kick Off: 09:15 am
Legends & Managers: Kevin Ball, Jimmy Montgomery & Darren Holloway
Match Officials: Peter Quinn, Mark Bell, Paul Burt & Robin Raymond
It was an early morning start in the North East as the sun shined down on the Stadium of the Light. The 1st game of the day saw an all Sunderland tie as a Home side sporting the famous Red and White stripes took on an Away side wearing Grey shirts and Black shorts.
Sunderland legend Kevin Ball took his place on the touch line to manage the Home side with fellow ex-pro Darren Holloway lining up within his Home outfit. Ball’s side took on an Away side led by Legend Jimmy Montgomery who was pulling the tactical strings from the Stadium of Light Away dugout.
The Away side had an early chance cleared off the line. An enticing delivery from a corner was headed towards the goal before the effort was steered clear. At the opposite end, Emanuele Fratini had the 1st real chance for the Home side but his strike rolled wide of the near post.
A golden chance fell the way of the Home side when Carl Terrans wrestled himself into the box. However the Centre Midfielder’s effort looping over the crossbar from close range failed to trouble Andy Adams in the Away net. The Home side went close when Paul Rogerson‘s cross was deflected onto the crossbar; with the Away side able to clear the danger.
A low shot from Nicola Perazzini forced the Away goalkeeper into a save with his feet, before the Away No 17 had a great chance to open the scoring at the opposite end. However Callum Borowski sliced his shot wide of the mark in a one-on-one opportunity.
A goal was coming though and it was the Home team who notched with 31 mins on the clock. A delightful chip from Paul Rogerson beat the goalkeeper and landed perfectly in the net. A quick free kick was headed on by Terrans before the centre midfielder found the net. (1-0)
A Perazzini effort landed on the roof of the net as the momentum swung in favour of the Home side, however the half petered out and the players left the field for half-time with all to play for in the 2nd period.
Half-Time: Sunderland (Home) 1 - 0 Sunderland (Away)
The Away side started the stronger in the 2nd half with the need of an equaliser spurring them on. It was going to take something special to break through the Home defence and that was what happend on 55 mins and it was No 9, Ian Watson who expertly volleyed home a 1st time cross at the near post; the captain leading by example with a stunning strike! (1-1)
The turnaround was completed on the hour mark when Peter Clough latched onto an inviting free kick. The No 10 connected with a volley to outwit the keeper and put the Away side one ahead. (1-2)
Clough was in fine 2nd half form and the midfielder had his 2nd two minutes later when an unexpected assist from Watson found the midfielder to fire home. A dangerous low cross found the feet of Watson before his effort landed in the path of Clough to hammer home from close range. (1-3)
The Home side had a penalty shout when a strong tackle from Sean Spoor sent the attacker flying but the referee showed no interest; with the resulting corner coming to no danger.
The game continued to be well contested and when the hyper competitive Andrew Vipond and Home captain Fabrizio Galasso let their tempers get the better of them the match looked like boiling over, however the referee managed the situation well and the game resumed soon after.
The Away team took advantage of the disruption to the flow of the game and Ian Watson grabbed his 2nd goal of the game and the 4th for the Away side as he calmly slotted in his latest chance; the striker outmuscling substitute Andrew Larkin to score with 76 mins on the clock. (1-4)
An assured 2nd half performance both offensively and defensively from the Away team looked enough for them to gain the victory, however the Home side were determined not to let them have an easy final ten mins and a strong save from Away keeper Andy Adams was needed to keep out an ever increasing Home attacking line.
At the other end the Away side smashed the crossbar on a rare counter attack with minutes to spare when the ball fell to Kev Wright on the edge of the box but the CF couldn’t add his name to the score sheet.
For all the defensive efforts of the Away side, a 2nd half clean sheet was not to be with a minute remaining on the clock. With an array of bodies in the attacking box, the ball fell to CF Nicola Perazzini who like any great striker found the top corner. (2-4)
However it was to be too little too late however for the Home side, with Jimmy Montgomery’s Away team recording a 4-2 victory after an outstanding 2nd half display.
Full-Time: Sunderland (Home) 2 - 4 Sunderland (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Fabrizio Galasso
Man of the Match Away: Peter Clough
Moment of the Match: Ian Watson
Home Team: Daniel Munson, James Munson, Darren Holloway, Chris Rogerson, Dan Abbott, Carl Terrans, Marco Pignotta, Paul Rogerson, Nicola Perazzini, Fabrizio Galasso (C), Emanuele Fratini, Andrew Larkin, Marco Serofilli
Home Manager: Kevin Ball
Home Mascot: Charlotte Rogerson
Away Team: Andy Adams, Paolo Frank, Sean Spoor, Dennis Smolenskij, Shaun Porritt, Andrew Vipond, Michael Dalton, Ian Watson (C), Peter Clough, Kev Wright,
Stuart Lee, Callum Borowski
Away Manager: Jimmy Montgomery
Away Mascot: Matthew Gorman
Match report written by Ben Waite
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“@FootballAid what a great day @FootballAid @StadiumOfLight 2 games, met Kevin Ball and another in Roy our 75 year old goalie - stiff as anything now slumped in bath with 6 pack and Monster munch!”
Stuart Lee – G1 Away Team No.15 & G2 Home Team No.5
“Great day & great experience today playing @StadiumOfLight with @FootballAid. Looking forward to doing same again next year 😁”
Carl Terrans – Home Team No.6
“Fantastic day @StadiumOfLight with @FootballAid 8 years now supporting such a fantastic event. Every year gets better. Well Done boys keep it going!”
Robin Raymond – Match Official
“Enjoyed my ‘run’ out @StadiumOfLight for @FootballAid, result wasn’t so enjoyable but nevertheless a decent morning. ⚽👍”
Darren Holloway – Former Player at Sunderland AFC