Match Report: England v Rest Of The World [Wednesday 23rd November]
Manchester Regional Arena
Referee: Alex Ellison
England picked up a hard-fought and well earned 8-3 victory over Rest of the World in the first ever UCFB charity match.
In a game played at whirlwind speed, both England and Rest of the World had periods of dominance as chances came in a thrilling 90 minutes of football.
Englands Matt Garbett got the first goal for England in the 3rd minute of the game after James Campbell ran down the wing and squared the ball into Garbett, who netted the shot past ROW goalkeeper Mark West. Only one minute later, Harry O’Brien then fired in a ferocious strike to score the equaliser.
It then looked to be going Rest of the World’s way when they took the lead through goalscorer Harry O’Brien turning provider to tee up Brendan Lilley in the 7th minute of the game. But they did not hold the lead for long, as England came back to make it 2-2 through the captain Connor Wells only 6 minutes later. England carried this momentum forward with a 5-2 lead at half time with Matt Garbett claiming his hattrick and Connor Wells getting his second.
England came out better in the second half and further extended their lead to 6-2 with a tap in from a corner for Riegan Thompson. The game surely looked to be over, until Rest of the World had the standout moment of the game when Kyle Mowbray scored directly from a corner, rebounding off the crossbar and in, making it 6-3.
The game seemed to have been put to bed when Cameron Brahney scored in the 69th minute, but only 11 minutes later the game was dead and buried as Brahney netted another.
The game finished an entertaining 8-3, and could possibly have only gone one way.