Our 1st ever Swansea City match took place at The Liberty Stadium on Tue 15th May 2018. We were privileged to have the support of fans favourite Lee Trundle on the day and the skilful striker certainly treated the fans to a virtuoso display, scoring 2 goals for the Home team and 1 for the Away team! The match finished 5-1 to the Home team and after the game all the players commented on the excellent playing surface and facilities at the Liberty Stadium and the warmth of the welcome they received from all the club staff.
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Swansea City (Home) vs Swansea City (Away)
Kick Off: 15:00 pm
Playing Legend: Lee Trundle
It was a battle of the Swans in Wales as the Home team playing in the famous all-White strip took on an Away team playing in an all Red strip. There was a South American feel to the teamsheets with the Florida based supporters contingent present for our 1st ever game with the club and it was the Away side with the 1st chance of the game. An early free kick from the Away team causing trouble in the box before the Home team Playing Legend Lee Trundle was able to clear.
It was Legend Lee Trundle who opened the scoring for the Home team to a chorus of boos from the Liberty Stadium crowd. The former striker, who scored over 80 times for the Swans, finished off a solo run with a neat finish into the bottom corner (1-0).
The lively Trundle, who was to play a half for both sides, was at the forefront of the Home side’s attack and his lay off to fellow CF Andrew Jones resulted in Away GK Declan Terry producing a fantastic save. The goalkeeper was again called into action soon after, saving a point blank effort from CM Byron Carey. The saves kept coming and the keeper seemed to be in majestic form early on.
A lovely curling effort from Francisco Centeno showed that the Away team were not out of the tie but GK Paulo Pappagallo was to come to the rescue to preserve his team's lead. Both goalkeepers were so far the stars of the show.
However it was the Home team who were to score next as the unstoppable Lee Trundle took it on himself to lead an attack before firing low into the bottom left hand corner. (2-0)
The Away centre half partnership of Shey Watkins and Marcello Marsilio were doing their best to keep Trundle at bay with some great blocks and interceptions. Meanwhile at the other end, the crowd were jeering for a penalty as a Home team hand seemed to have blocked a dangerous shot from Dario Manuello, but the referee showed no interest.
The Home side were to have a 3rd before the interval as danger man Lee Trundle found himself with the ball on the edge of the box. He played it back to Robert Green who fired home past the despairing keeper. (3-0)
Home Legend Trundle had a chance for a 4th when the striker rounded the keeper, before a great block off the line from Away right back Daniel Hall denied him, to loud cheers from the Away supporters!
The ref's whistle went for half-time with the Home team 3 goals to the good, thanks in part by a devastating attacking performance up front by their Legend. However the game was more even than the scoreline suggested and both teams went into the break believing they could come out on top at the end of the 90mins.
Half-Time: Swansea City (Home) 3 - 0 Swansea City (Away)
The Away team were looking for a comeback in the 2nd half with the benefit of Legend Lee Trundle now on their side. But it was Trundle’s first half strike partner who opened the 2nd half scoring for the Home team. Robert Green capitalizing on an error at the back to add a 4th with a clinical low curling effort for the Home side. (4-0)
The Home team looked to extend their lead and a long range effort from Dean Thorpe cannoned off the crossbar. A close range effort from Green was then to follow, but he was denied by another excellent save by Declan Terry in the Away goal.
Trundle was also in attacking action at the opposite end, seeing his looped effort just clear the crossbar. In what was becoming an end-to-end game, chances seemed a-plenty for both sides.
The Away team then got a deserved opening goal after an attacking run from Trundle resulted in an error from Home GK Paulo Pappagallo, before a one-two with Gonzalo Rioja ended with Lee Trundle firing home from what looked like an offside position. The goal stood however and the Away team were on the score sheet. (4-1)
Lee Trundle then rattled the woodwork with a curling effort, before GK Pappagallo produced a wonderful close range save to deny Nicola Gallo on the rebound. The Away side continued to look for a way back into the game but Pappagallo was not to be beaten for a 2nd time it seemed.
The Home side were not content with 4 goals and Robert Green had a fantastic chance to complete his hat-trick when one-on-one with GK Terry, however the impressive goalkeeper came out on top. Terry then produced goal saving acrobatics, clearing a chance off the line with his 2nd excellent stop in quick succession!
A dangerous free kick for the Away team came to nothing as a ‘pre planned’ routine led by Pascual Ciampi failed to impress the crowd and Pappagallo was again in action keeping out the Home team with both his hands and feet at the other end.
The final goal of the day was to come from Byron Carey for the home team after he curled a low effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner. after a fantastic run and assist from substitute Gareth Williams. (5-1)
That was to be the last of the scoring and the game ended 5-1 to the Home team. It was an impressive day for the goalkeepers, both Declan Terry for the Home team and Paulo Pappagallo for the Away side showing fantastic accounts of themselves.
Huge thanks again to Swansea City FC and club Legend Lee Trundle for their fantastic support for our 1st ever match at The Liberty Stadium. We look forward to making our return in 2019!
Full-Time: Swansea City (Home) 5 - 1 Swansea City (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Dean Thorpe
Man of the Match Away: Declan Terry
Moment of the Match: Baljinder Singh
Home Team: Paolo Pappagallo, Adam Canning, Lee Trundle (1st half), Aaron McGarry (C), Robert Thorpe, Byron Carey, Matthew Walker, Baljinder Singh, Andrew Jones, Dean Thorpe, Paul Evans, Arron Newcombe, Gareth Williams, Robert Green
Away Team: Declan Terry, Daniel Hall, Lee Trundle (2nd half), Marcello Marsilio, Shey Watkins (C), Joshua Nedin, Gonzalo Rioja, Francisco Centeno, Dario Manuello, Pascual Ciampi, Nicola Gallo, Terry Rickeard, Mark Feehan, Nick Thompson
Away Mascot: Finley Watkins
Match report written by Ben Waite
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“Again a very well organised Football Aid game and the first at Swansea a big thank you for their hospitality and what a great man Lee Trundle is. It was a pleasure to play with and against him. The game was played in good spirits and all the players did well and it was good to see Dean (Thorpe) get M O T M. Another ground ticked off and hopefully I will be playing again next year.”
Robert Thorpe – Home Team No.5
“Swansea was a superb day, great stadium, great game. Lee Trundle was fantastic on the day, as soon as he came in the dressing room he was asking everyone questions, really getting involved, you could tell how much of a legend he was to the Swansea lads in the team.”
Robert Green – Home Team No.17
“Absolutely unreal day. Thank you @FootballAid definitely doing it again next year🙌”
Arron Newcombe – Home Team No.14
“A privilege to play with #SwansFC legend @LeeTrundle10 today great ambassador and thanks to @FootballAid for another excellent day raising money for charity.”
Dean Thorpe – Home Team No.10
“Fantastic experience playing at the Liberty earlier. Great to pick up man of the match too. Cheers to the guys at @FootballAid!”
Declan Terry – Away Team No.1