Char­ity games

Bray People - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

The an­nual Glen­cor­mac United FC Xmas Char­ity Matches took place last Satur­day, (De­cem­ber 27) at the pitch on the Quill Road.

The first game for the Joe Mol­loy Memo­rial Shield took place at 12-45 be­tween Karl Bradshaw’s U11 panel and Lar Mer­ri­man’s U10s. This was a re­ally en­ter­tain­ing game which the 11s edged on a 3-1 score­line. Goal ma­chine John Fox man­aged to give the 11s the lead fol­low­ing a goal mouth scram­ble and Ro­han Byrne made it 2-0 just be­fore the break. It seemed all over when Ro­han got his sec­ond and the teams third but Finn Kelly calmly slot­ted away a penalty to make it 3-1 and a nervy end­ing but the 11s held on.

Af­ter­wards, Mary and An­drew Mol­loy pre­sented the Shield to win­ning cap­tain, Eoghan Giles. The late Joe gave so much of his life to pro­vid­ing sport for young chil­dren to en­joy and the club are hon­oured to re­mem­ber him each year and thank the Mol­loy fam­ily for their con­tin­ued support of the game. A big thanks also to Aoife Pren­der­gast who had some treats for all th­ese star foot­ballers after the game. We know poor Aoife mar­ried into foot­ball and has no choice but she truly is an un­sung hero be­hind the scenes at the club.

The sec­ond match was the Benny Finnerty Memo­rial Cup and this game fea­tured the present team against for­mer greats and leg­ends and is al­ways a com­pet­i­tive game. This year was no dif­fer­ent with the present team vic­to­ri­ous on a 4-2 score­line. The older glens started off the bet­ter and their free flow­ing foot­ball was a joy to be­hold. How­ever, Niall Mel­don hit a spec­u­la­tive free kick into the box which sailed over ev­ery­one and crept in by Karl Bradshaw’s post to give the present team the lead. How­ever, this lead was short-lived as Kieron ‘Tarzan’ O’Brien coolly slot­ted away the equaliser after been put through by Alan Pren­der­gast. How­ever, just be­fore the break, Conor Finn stayed on­side and stroked the ball into the net for the present team.

The for­mer greats had to make 9 changes at half­time which seemed to un­set­tle their bal­ance and Si­mon Doyle and Colm Nolan made it 4-1. How­ever, Damian John­son pulled one back late on to make it an nervy end­ing but the present team held on.

Af­ter­wards, Bren­dan Finnerty pre­sented the Benny Finnerty Cup to Stephen Pep­per while Si­mon Doyle richly de­served the Dean Nor­grove Man of the Match award.

All monies do­nated on the day go to Bray Can­cer Support Group and the Ir­ish Heart Foun­da­tion in mem­ory of two peo­ple who are sadly no longer with us but never for­got­ten. Just over €420 was raised so a big thanks goes to all of you.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.