FAW win the first ever SRtRC Wales Football Charity match 3-2 at Newport Stadium
Our first ever Charity Match in wales against the FAW was a huge success and further highlighted our message during the Fortnight of Action. The support from the players, organisations involved along with the sponsors has been fantastic and we are looking forward to next year to make it even better.
Jason Webber - Campaign Worker
Report by Ian Gwyn Hughes (FAW)
Between 12th and 25th October football teams across Wales have taken a united stance against racism by participating in Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action. The initiative encourages participation from all sections of Welsh communities to celebrate diversity and tackle racism, while working with clubs and players to promote this important message.
The Fortnight of Action culminated in this charity match between the Show Racism the Red Card Sporting Legends team and the Football Association of Wales XI played on a fine surface at Newport Stadium.
The SRtRC Legends team consisted of former professionals Justin Edinburgh, Gary Bennett, Scott Young and Andy Legg alongside current Wales Women’s Internationals, Gwennan Harries, Tash Harding and Jessica Fishlock.
Meanwhile, the FAW team were represented by the office staff which included Ian Gwyn Hughes and Welsh Premier League Secretary Gwyn Derfel alongside Wales National Team Manager Chris Coleman and representatives of the domestic game in Wales with Tom Ramasut and Lee Kendall.
This was a competitive match and the SRtRC Legends were certainly billed as favourites prior to kick-off with a team full of quality, however, the FAW XI were quick to show that they too could compete with the former pros when they started well by passing the ball around the pitch and keeping possession.
It was a tense opening 15 minutes as both teams scrutinised each other and although the SRtRC Legends sent several probing crosses and through balls into the FAW 18-yard box, each were dealt with by some fine defending from Coleman or confident goalkeeping by Kendall.
The deadlock was broken in the 21st minute when Llyr Roberts slipped through the SRtRC Legends defence after Lewis Richards and Dan Gwyn Hughes were involved in the build-up to create the chance. Roberts finished well by placing the ball in the back of the net to make it 0-1 to the FAW.
The FAW maintained the pressure on their opponents and shortly after forced a corner that provided an opportunity to take a further lead.
After Tim Lane sent the corner into the near post, the ball was cleared from immediate danger but it landed back at Lane’s feet. As he entered the 18-yard box, Lane noticed Rob Dowling dropping off into space and he supplied the defender with an opportunity to shoot. Dowling did just that but as he looked to fire the ball high into the net, the SRtRC Legends goalkeeper managed to stretch and get his hands to the ball to prevent the FAW from increasing their lead.
The teams went into the half-time interval with the FAW leading 0-1 and as expected the SRtRC Legends started the second with a determination to get themselves back into the match.
It didn’t take long for the SRtRC Legends to equalise in the second half when Gwennan Harries found joy down the left to open up space to cross into the box. The ball was met by former Welsh international Legg, who headed into the goal past Kendall.
The SRtRC Legends were now in the ascendency and they quickly put themselves into the lead through Show Racism the Red Card Campaign Worker Jason Webber, who netted neatly to make it 2-1.
However, the lead was short lived as the FAW responded almost immediately when they pushed the ball forward which resulted in Roberts having the space and time to pick his spot for an incredibly cool finish by beating the goalkeeper to his right and bagging a brace in the process.
As the second half progressed the game became evermore open with both teams creating opportunities to score, however, the match was effectively settled by a penalty following a burst of pace from Dan Gwyn Hughes.
Hughes was downed deep inside the box following an attempt to dispossess him of possession by several SRtRC Legends defenders. Having had a good look at the incident the referee pointed to the spot giving the FAW a fantastic opportunity to regain the lead. Gareth Payne stepped up to take the spot kick and the midfielder struck a confident penalty to make it 2-3 to the FAW in the 75th minute.
Despite some late scares, the FAW held out for the victory and were presented with the Show Racism the Red Card Cup for their efforts.
As this match proved the Show Racism the Red Card campaign grows from strength to strength and is now at the forefront of tackling racism not only in football but society in general.
The Fortnight of Action and our first ever Charity match in Wales has been the most successful period of action ever along with two major events at Cardiff City and Newport County during this period.
We will be continuingly working with the FAW and Welsh clubs throughout the season and a list of events can be found Here
SRtRC would like to thank the sponsors of the match Thompsons Solicitors, Newport County AFC (specifically Lisa Savage), Newport City Radio, the Match officials, Unison, S4C (Rondo Media), all the players that supported the game and the FAW for their continued support.
To view a short video of the match including interviews with players click HERE
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