It was an early morning start at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland as Football Aid hosted our 1st ever Tyne-Wear derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United. A Sunderland side boasting former Black Cat Darren Holloway stole the show on Wearside as the hosts romped to an impressive 11-0 victory, much to the despair of the Magpie faithful in attendance.
Date: Sunday 19th May 2019
Venue: The Stadium of Light
Sunderland (Home) vs Newcastle (Away)
Kick Off: 09:15 am
Legend: Darren Holloway
Match Officials: Paul Burt, David Ryan, Mark Katoroz & Michael Colledge
Sunderland lined up sporting their traditional Red and White stripes, and right from the off the momentum was with the hosts. Peter Clough rattling the woodwork via the post to trigger early nerves amongst the visiting Newcastle players!
Darren Holloway lined up at left back for the Home team, and with a record of over 50 1st team appearances without scoring he was unlikely to appear on many betting slips for 1st goal scorer, however the Black Cats legend soon changed that statistic in emphatic style! His stunning long range effort with barely a minute on the clock rattling the crossbar before finding the net via the back of Away team goalkeeper, Roddy Macdougall. There was debate about whether the ball had crossed the line before it hit the keeper but we’re giving it to Darren!! (1-0)
The Newcastle United team, wearing their traditional Black and White striped shirts looked for an instant reply when right back Dennis Smolenskij curled an effort just over the crossbar. The Toon captain, Jake Melbourne, then forced an impressive save from Sunderland No 1 Sam Morris.
As the game settled down, Stuart Lee saw a free kick go just wide as Sunderland looked to extend their lead. Set pieces were causing the Newcastle defence some trouble and when they failed to deal with a long throw, the Black Cats had their 2nd goal. Peter Clough latching on to the throw to squeeze a shot under the Newcastle goalkeeper to make it a two goal lead after just 17 mins. (2-0)
The floodgates had opened in the Newcastle defence and Peter Clough found the net again less than a minute later. A cross from David Haikney landed at Clough’s feet and on the 2nd attempt the midfielder found the net for the 3rd Sunderland goal. (3-0)
Four mins later, Clough had his hat-trick after another cross caused carnage in the Newcastle box. Clough nipped in in front of an Away defender before side footing the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to extend his team’s lead to four. (4-0)
Newcastle weren’t giving up though and they had a chance to gain a goal back with a short corner routine. The set piece was taken quickly but the menacing cross evaded all those waiting patiently in the box. At the other end Sunderland cranked up the pressure again, forcing a good save out of Macdougall in the Magpies goal after a trademark pacy run from their striker Andrew Vipond.
The Home team weren’t to be denied for long though and they added a 5th goal before the half hour mark when Colm Henderson added his name to the ever-growing score sheet. The No 10 turned his defender inside out before chipping the helpless goalie, the ball landing in the far corner of the net. The score-line was now five-nil after just 27 mins. (5-0)
The ever dangerous Vipond then saw an effort well saved from Macdougall at the near post. The following set piece was tipped over by the impressive keeper after a succession of corners that the Newcastle defence survived.
However, there was still time for more 1st half action and it was Andrew Vipond writing his name in derby day folklore. The live wire striker caught the Black Cats midfield out beyond the half way line, before breaking through the defence and calmly finishing off an impressive one-on-one effort past the keeper with only 2 mins of the half remaining. (6-0)
The half-time whistle went with the score at six-nil to the impressive Sunderland Home team at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats had been hit by a hurricane of attacking football and they desperately needed a miraculous change in their fortunes for the 2nd period.
Half-Time: Sunderland (Home) 6 - 0 Newcastle (Away)
However, it was the hosts who again looked the stronger from the outset. Andrew Vipond continued to harass the Newcastle defence and his one-on-one effort went wide early on. It did not take long for the Black Cats to extend their lead though. With 10mins of the half gone, they were in 7th heaven when half time substitute Marc Nixon weaved his way through the defence before slotting his shot into the bottom corner. (7-0)
Vipond then netted his 2nd goal of the game on 59 mins as the rampant Sunderland team ensured a Newcastle comeback was out of the question. A goalmouth scramble caused confusion and Vipond poked home at the far post for his 2nd goal of the game. (8-0)
The Home captain still wanted a piece of the action but Gary Nixon could only watch as his effort was well saved by Macdougall. Although he was on the wrong side of the hefty score-line, the Newcastle goalkeeper was showing qualities worthy of his eventual Away Man of the Match Award! The keeper producing another impressive save to deny Henderson from making it nine.
It was a temporary respite for the Away team though and we saw a 2nd hattrick of the day on 74 mins as Andrew Vipond joined the likes of Peter Beardsley and Gary Rowell in scoring three goals in the North East derby. A ball over the top from the impressive Clough - who was also on that hattrick list - fed Vipond and his blazing run and clinical finish, settled the matter. (9-0)
With 78 mins played, it was to be double figures for Sunderland as the captain added his name to the score sheet. Gary Nixon racing clear of the defence and rounding the keeper before slotting home into an empty net. (10-0)
There was no let off for the Magpies as Sunderland showed they were the Kings of the region, if only for one day as they netted their 11th goal of the game. Andrew Vipond bagging his 4th of the morning, cutting in from the right before touching it around the goalkeeper and tapping home with just 8mins on the clock remaining. (11-0)
The Sunderland team weren’t resting on their laurels, but a series of corners came to nothing for the Black Cats and they had to be content with an 11-0 final score. Both Peter Clough and Andrew Vipond (4) netted hat-tricks in an impressive Home showing at the Stadium of Light.
Even though the result was one sided, the Newcastle team battled throughout the game and their goalkeeper Roddy Macdougall had an impressive game with some quality saves. In the end, however, it was the impressive Sunderland Home team who earn the bragging rights until next time!
Full-Time: Sunderland (Home) 11 - 0 Newcastle (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Peter Clough
Man of the Match Away: Roddy Macdougall
Moment of the Match: Colm Henderson
Home Team: Sam Morris, Michael Scott, Darren Holloway, Martin Kelly, David Naisbitt, David Haikney, Peter Clough, Stuart Lee, Andrew Vipond, Colm Henderson, Gary Nixon (C), Carl Hafferty, Marc Nixon
Home Mascot: Archie Haikney
Away Team: Roddy Macdougall, Dennis Smolenskij, Francesco Oddone, Michael Jackson, Graeme Murray, Matteo Bennati, Kevin Robertson, Jake Melbourne (C), Guy Chambers, Kev Wright, Kevin Pearson, David Brown, Christopher King
Away Mascot: RJ Chambers
Match Report written by Ben Waite.
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“Just want to say a massive Thank you very much. Myself and my family had a fantastic day at the stadium of Light on Sunday (19th May). To play at the Stadium, to captain the team, to score on the pitch! And to beat Newcastle 11-0 was all just amazing! Dreams really do come true and it’s thanks to you and to Football Aid. Will definitely be looking to participate again next year. Thanks Again”.
“Good morning spent at @StadiumOfLight representing @SunderlandAFC v NUFC for @FootballAid. Nice to come out winners, even nicer it being 11-0 and me notching one! 😜⚽ Time now to ice my knees!!! #old”
“Spectacular day courtesy of @FootballAid. One that Archie will never forget either. #safc”