Final score Blues 5-2 Yellows.
- First ever Community Trust Charity Match at DW Stadium
- Hat trick for Matthew Kirkpatrick
- Final score Blues 5-2 Yellows
M Kirkpatrick 56', 66', 72'
Fielding 90' (Pen)
Wigan Athletic Community Trust held their first ever Charity Match at the DW Stadium on Sunday 10 May 2015, with all of the money raised from the game going towards continuing the fantastic work of both Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone.
Latics fans who have only ever dreamed of walking out onto the hallowed turf of their team’s pitch did exactly that, stepping through the tunnel to play in a 90-minute match, Blues v Yellows.
Andy Lock, Ben Payne and a Matthew Kirkpatrick hat trick won the game 5-2 for the Blues in the fantastic inaugural Community Trust Charity Match.
The game started quickly and evenly, the Blues scrambling around the box to score from an early corner and the Yellows fast on the counter, but only managing to launch the ball high into the North stand.
It took 11 minutes for the scoring to start, with a 40-yard wonder goal from Andy Lock for the Blues.
The Yellows had the chance to pull one back in the 22nd minute with a penalty, after one of their players was dragged down just inside the box.
Joe Fielding stepped up to take the penalty, but fired the ball into the North stand yet again.
Yellows continued to push, keeping hold of the ball and putting it into all the right spaces, but they were lacking that crucial finishing touch.
Ben Kirkpatrick took the ball from inside his own half, but had no help around and fired left of the post.
Oliver Moss’ shot was heading straight for the top left corner, but Blues keeper Jon Green made a spectacular save, tipping it over the crossbar.
Blues capitalised on the Yellows failure to score in the 38th minute, doubling their lead with a close-range strike from Ben Payne, after a great bit of passing play down the middle.
Blues’ Matthew Kirkpatrick’s free kick in the 41st minute rattled the crossbar, but it remained 2-0 to the Blues as the referee blew the whistle for half time.
Yellows manager Phil Corrigan must have had strong words for his team at half time, as they took the ball straight up the pitch as soon as the second half kicked off, Ben Kirkpatrick only managing to fire his shot straight into the keeper’s arms.
Ben’s older brother Matthew scored the first of his hat trick for the Blues in the 56th minute, his shot from just outside the box firing over Yellows keeper Adam Stott and into the net. 3-0 to the Blues.
Almost ten minutes later, Blues broke forward on the counter and M Kirkpatrick doubled his tally, smoothly passing the ball along the floor, past the keeper and into the bottom left of his net.
Two minutes later and the Yellows scored their first, Peter Connely chipping the keeper and making it 4-1.
Matthew Kirkpatrick saved the best until last to complete his hat trick, firing over the keeper to make it 5-1 and celebrating with a roly-poly towards the West stand!
It looked like 5-1 would be the final score, but a hand ball in the box from Blues player Zac Taylor resulted in a last minute penalty and a red card for the offender.
Joe Fielding stepped up to the mark again and this time drove the ball home, the referee blowing his whistle as soon as the ball hit the back of the net.
Final score, Blues 5 Yellows 2.
Blues: J Green, E Crossley, D Hind, I Rowlands, I Walker, E Walsh, B Payne, M Kirkpatrick, A Lock, D Gaskell, S Potter, A Travis, G Limb, Z Taylor
Yellows: A Stott, S Hardaker, P Conelly, J Jackson, S Chapman, M Walker, D Middlehurst, B Kirkpatrick, O Moss, P Pilling, J Fielding, J Turner, J Crane
Hat trick hero Matthew Kirkpatrick shared his thoughts on the experience after the game, saying: “It’s like a dream come true, it’s really surreal. As soon as I scored the third goal today I thought to myself, I’ve got to do something daft here, so I celebrated with a roly-poly.
“It really is a dream. When I first saw the games being advertised for this weekend I didn’t think I’d have any chance of playing in them, then when I found out that I was, I was made up.
“As soon as you’re here playing inside the stadium it’s totally different to what you expect but it’s great.
“I really can’t remember the goals properly – I know two were curlers and then the other, the keeper passed it out and I intercepted and put it into the back of the net.
“It’s such a great experience to have and it’ll stay in my memory for a long time.
“I’m just hoping I get signed up now…… Just kidding!”