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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Royal Brothers Played Their Annual Festive Football Match

Kandywandy - 17:17:00


Prince William and Prince Harry were lashed by 40mph winds and torrential rain as they played their traditional Christmas game of football.
The soccer mad princes got soaking wet as they bravely played on for a full 90 minutes with friends and staff from the Sandringham estate.
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The Royal brothers who normally play on opposing sides in the annual friendly match on Christmas Eve broke with tradition by playing for the same team.

Their team, playing in yellow shirts with a single black sleeve sponsored by the Black Horse Inn at Castle Rising, won 4-1 as around 200 spectators watched.
Neither prince got on the scoresheet, but both proved their fitness and football skills in the match against a team wearing red and white Castle Rising FC shirts.
The youngest player on the pitch, a 13-year-old boy who lives locally, scored the first three goals for the prince's team.
William, 33, drove himself and Harry, 31, to and from the game, around four miles from his home at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate.
The Duchess of Cambridge is believed to have stayed in the warm at Anmer Hall with children George and Charlotte, making last minute Christmas preparations.
Both princes ran out on to the pitch in hooded grey tops and did stretching exercises before the kick-off to ensure they did not pull any muscles.
William was wearing his favourite Aston Villa socks, orange boots and white England shorts while Harry was in black shorts and black socks with green hoops.
Harry put his foot up on a wooden fence to stretch his calf muscles while chatting to another player. William then retrieved the ball from a paddock containing four horses behind the goal during the warm up.
The princes were in the thick of the action within seconds of kick off as high winds made playing conditions difficult.
Harry who started off the match as a forward in a number seven shirt landed up on his knees after being tackled just two minutes into the match.
Five minutes later, William who was playing in midfield in a number nine shirt passed the ball to his younger brother who then set up his team's  first shot on goal, only for the effort to be fumbled by a team mate.
William made a series of runs through midfield, often getting round a player, but then being blocked by another.  He also showed his flexibility by making a dramatic overhead kick before helping to set up another shot on goal.
Harry also kicked the ball up the pitch and chased after it, but failed to reach it before it was cleared by a defender.
The 13-year-old boy headed the first goal of the game in the 29th minute and made it 2-0 with a second goal just a minute later.
The princes chatted with other players as they sucked on orange segments and drank water from bottles at half time.
Four minutes into the second half, William appeared to limp slightly after an opponent stood on his toe.
Harry also appeared to enjoy some banter with the opposition goalkeeper before taking a free kick. A few minutes later he went head over heels while being tackled, but got up quickly and shook the hand of the player who brought him down.
The teenager completed his hat trick with a goal 15 minutes into the second half, and the Royal team scored again five minutes later, making it 4-0.
William made several runs down the wing as he shifted into a forward position in the second half and the wind intensified with the rain turning into driving sleet.
The prince had a chance to score, but failed to get past a defender. Soon after the opposition team got a consolation goal, making it 4-1.
The princes' team had a chance to make it 5-1, but had a last minute penalty saved. William then had his best scoring chance in the game in the final ten seconds, only to be tackled at the last moment close to goal.
William missed the match last year after hurting his ankle in an earlier game of soccer, leaving Harry to play with James Middleton, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge.

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