LEGENDS PREVAIL IN EIGHT-GOAL THRILLER!
TEAM DFQ 3
DAGGERS LEGENDS 5
Daggers fans were treated to a feast of football as a host of former greats took the field once again in the famous red and blue and rolled back the years.
Amongst the goal scorers was former Chelsea, Luton Town and Daggers striker, hitting the back of the net within 8 minutes of coming on as a first half substitute.
The Legends team, made up from players of two eras, took the game to a more youthful and stronger looking DFQ side led by Scott Davies, and were ahead within 7 minutes. The early strike from Sam Sloma was followed up by waves of attack from the Daggers but continued to squander chances as the ball bobbled around the box.
The DFQ grew into the match gradually, and the strength of former Brighton and Brentford striker Nathan Elder brought about defensive duties for the Daggers defence led by Anwar Uddin.
On the half hour mark the scores were levelled as Marcus Bowers burst into the box and crashed an unstoppable drive in from the right-hand side.
The charity team’s joy was short-lived, and after missing a couple of guilt-edged chances, Paul Cobb fired home to restore the Legends’ lead.
As half time approached, 53-year-old Mark Stein once a Premier League record breaker with 7 goals in 7 consecutive matches for Chelsea, replaced Sloma and was on the scoresheet almost instantly to make it 3-1.
The crowd enjoyed a 15-minute dance routine at half time by the children and adults of the Pulse Dance Academy whilst the teams regrouped.
It was the Daggers who again drew first blood after the interval – Mark Janney slotting home from 6 yards to put the match out of sight.
The DFQ didn’t agree and got a foot-hold in the match once more with a fine individual goal when Dwane Miller worked his own space down the left and hammered home past stand in ‘keeper Danny Potter.
The Daggers responded again, this time with a fabulous strike from Sam Saunders cutting in from the by line and riffling his effort into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
The Daggers made several changes throughout the match, with captain Junior McDougald finishing the match up front with Danny Shipp.
The DFQ also brought a series of fresh legs on (without replacing tired ones) and increased their numbers when bringing on 10-year-old twins Bailey and Daisy Davies.
As the clock ticked into added time, Daisy Davies set up her brother with her back to goal, and Bailey fired past Potter from 8 yards to reduce the deficit and delight the crowd.
Donations are still coming in, but the DFQ are confident that some much needed funds have been raised to help spread awareness and support of Klinefelter Syndrome across the country, and thank everyone who turned up on the day or who supported this great event.
DFQ: Harley, S Davies(c), Mullin, Oliver, Creed, D Miller, Rendell, Carr, Montgomery, Wilson, Elder. Subs: Brown, Brent, Boyle, Lee, A Miller, S Lovett, Betts, Alger, Bowers, Killey, Waring, Deniz, T Lovett. Manager: T Davies
Legends: Potter, Huke, Uddin, Rainford, Broom, Janney, Sloma, Terry, Jones, Saunders, Cobb. Subs: Stein, McDougald(c), Shipp, Heffer, Keen, Arber, Matthews. Manager: Mackail-Smith