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.