Liverpool XI came from 3-2 down to beat a tough Everton XI 4-3 on penalties with the help of goalkeeper Jack Vine.
A number of former Ruskington U17’s featured in the Liverpool side managed by former Lincoln City striker Gavin Gordon.
Two new faces were also on show, with experienced winger Aaron Wiseman playing for Liverpool for the first time and former Sleaford Town Goalkeeper, Ryan Gray featuring on the coaching team as goalkeeper coach.
There were three goals in the first half, with Callum Langlois opening the scoring. Wiseman added to the scoreboard with a powerful header from Jack Pointon’s corner. Mat Jarvis struck one back for Everton before half-time after producing a nice piece of skill in the Liverpool box.
Liverpool started the second half with the same 4-4-2 formation they started with. The only change was with Charlie Russell moving from Right Back to his familiar Centre Back role.
The midfield saw Pointon and Nath Phillips play in a more central role.
Following the break, Everton struck back straight away with striker George Crabb heading home at the back post.
With the scores at 2-2 both teams were eager to get a lead. Everton’s Sam Lambert, who had previously played with a number of Liverpool’s players in the 2014 Charity Match, scored directly from a corner to put his side into the lead with 35 minutes left on the clock.
Shortly after the 75 minute mark, Russell suffered a calf injury following on from a stray shot which resulted in him being subbed for Aaron Wiseman.
10 minutes before full time, Liverpool striker, Callum May took an ambitious shot which found its way into the bottom left corner of Olek Herbaut’s goal.
Callum Bridgman and Liverpool’s May found themselves in the referee’s book after both receiving yellows for a heated scrap.
Referee, Hannah Keal blew for full time and sent both teams straight into a penalty shootout.
0-0: Lambert was directed to take the first penalty for Everton by manager Oscar Edwards. Goalkeeper, Vine managed to keep it out giving the Reds an advantage.
1-0: Captain Adam Keal stepped up first for Liverpool and calmly slotted his spot kick home.
1-1: Max Butler was next on the list for Everton and directed his penalty past the right side of Vine.
2-1: Conor Allen, who was on loan from Boston United, added to Liverpool’s tally.
2-2: Toffee’s Goalkeeper, Herbaut bravely stepped up and converted into the top left corner.
3-2: Former Nottingham Forest youngster, Angus Marr added a third for Liverpool.
3-3: Everton Striker, Crabb who had scored earlier on in the game got a second following a calm penalty into the bottom right corner.
4:3: An injured Russell managed to take the fourth penalty and continued his record of never missing a spot kick in a competitive game.
4:3: Player/Coach Edwards hammered his penalty against the crossbar, crowning Liverpool as The Dave Keal Memorial Game Champions 2015.
There was no need to take a fifth penalty as it was mathematically impossible for Everton to get back.
Man of the Match: Jack Vine (Liverpool)
Referee: Hannah Keal
Goals: Liverpool – Langlois x1, Wiseman x1, May x1
Everton – Jarvis x1, Crabb x1, Lambert x1
PENALTY SCORERS: Liverpool – Keal, Allen, Marr, Russell
Everton – Butler, Herbaut, Crabb
PENALTY MISSES: Liverpool – None
Everton – Lambert and Edwards
Liverpool XI (4-4-2):VINE, RUSSELL, ALLEN, GOY, PRIESTLEY, LANGLOIS, PHILLIPS, POINTON, MARR, KEAL (C), MAY
Subs: Gilbert (ST), Wiseman (RM) Manager: Gavin Gordon – Coach: Ryan Gray
Everton XI (4-1-3-2): HERBAUT (C), HILL, KNIGHTS, JACKSON-SOUTTER, PORTER, BRIDGMAN, JARVIS, BUTLER, MARCH, PULLEN, CRABB
Subs: Lambert (RB) Manager: Oscar Edwards – Coach: Sam Lambert
MORE PICTURES BY HARRY BERESFORD TO FOLLOW.
Organisers, Charlie Russell, Jake Pointon, Marc Priesltey and Olek Herbaut would like to thank everyone who turned up on the day as well as sponsors, Ken Rushby, SHD COMPOSITES LTD, and Andy Priestley. They would also like to thank Gavin Gordon, Oscar Edwards and Ryan Gray.