Big Ar­gyll match scores for Gren­fell char­ity

The Oban Times - - Sport -

LOCHGILP­HEAD hosted one of the big­gest foot­ball matches in re­cent years as an Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil select took on the cream of foot­balling ta­lent avail­able to the re­gion’s big­gest so­cial hous­ing provider.

The lo­cal author­ity and Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA) came to­gether on Friday July 28 in a special char­ity match to help those who lost their homes in the Gren­fell Tower tragedy.

Cap­tained by the re­spec­tive chief ex­ec­u­tives in Cle­land Sned­don for the coun­cil and Alas­tair Mac­Gre­gor of ACHA, the match fea­tured play­ers of all vin­tages.

Among the more im­pres­sive per­form­ers were the ladies in both teams, who were un­afraid of mix­ing it with the boys while show­ing plenty of skill.

The match started evenly, but as the first half wore on it be­came clear that it might be a long after­noon for ACHA.

De­spite hav­ing had the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion, though, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil had just a sin­gle goal to show for their ef­forts at half-time. The sec­ond half be­gan with much the same pat­tern, and it took just a few min­utes for the coun­cil select to add to their tally. With ACHA’s smaller pool of play­ers vis­i­bly tir­ing, the op­po­si­tion showed no mercy to the be­leagured ACHA chief ex­ec­u­tive in goal.

For his part, Cle­land Sned­don had a rov­ing com­mis­sion, start­ing in de­fence, then com­ing back to seek glory up front.

Speak­ing af­ter the big game, Alas­tair Mac­Gre­gor said: ‘Our guys put ev­ery­thing into the match.

‘I think too many of our play- ers had been shear­ing sheep and ran out of steam in the sec­ond half, but it was played in a fan­tas­tic spirit. Hope­fully we will beat our £ 3,000 tar­get by next week.’

He added: ‘It was great to see so many peo­ple turn­ing out to­day for a wor­thy cause. It’s been a long time since I played an 11-aside game, but it was good fun,’ said Cle­land Sned­don.

‘I went off for a spell, dur­ing which time my team romped ahead. I came back on later in the match just to put the brakes on.

‘The real win­ner to­day was the cause of rais­ing money for


the Gren­fell sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies.’

The 24-storey Gren­fell Tower block of pub­lic hous­ing flats in North Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don, was hit by a se­ri­ous fire on June 14, killing scores of peo­ple.

All pro­ceeds will go to the Lon­don Fire Re­lief Fund, run by The Bri­tish Red Cross So­ci­ety to help peo­ple in need af­ter the fire at Gren­fell Tower.

There is still time to do­nate, and this can be done by vis­it­ing just­giv­ing. com/ fundrais­ing/ ar­gyll-bute.

06_ a31Char­i­tyFootie18 Alas­tair Mac­Gre­gor of ACHA and the coun­cil’s Cle­land Sned­don – to­gether for a good cause.

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