We were privileged to be selected as official charity for the Old Firm Cup, this is a football match between teams of local Rangers and Celtic fans. This was the 5th time the game has been played and the aim, as well as raising money for charity, is to unite the the two sets of fans against bigotry, racism and exclusion from football.
The match played on the fantastic 3G pitch at Netherton United and watched by Posh skipper and Rangers fan Grant McCann, was eventually won 7-2 by Rangers. After the game a raffle and auction was held at The Sports Lounge and over £850 was raised for Free Kicks Foundation.
We would like to thank everybody involved in the day and especially Ian Macintosh and Shaun Harley, the two captains, for nominating us to receive the proceeds. Sam and I went along to Macca Sports to pick up the cheque.
Rangers captain Shaun Harley gives us a match report:
Rangers Fans 7 v 2 Celtic Fans
scorers for Rangers Fans Ryan Smith 3, Kammi Khan 2, Simon East 1, Andrew Cook 1
Scorers for Celtic billy Dolan and Eddie ?
The game started out like any proper old firm game with challenges flying in left right and center, but once the handbags had got out the way Rangers fans settled down quicker and it was apparent the 3 midfielders were finding far far to much space and took control of the game and 10 mins in the pressure told as un under hit back pass from Raph let in Ryan Smith who played in Kammi Khan to slot in and make it 1-0 to Rangers, from here the Rangers team looked on their game and should have added to their 1 goal advantage but some poor finishing and good keeping kept it at 1-0 ohh and a shocking challenge from Sion Patterson on Gareth Sanderson which in any other game would have been a straight red… this however fired the Celtic lads up and from this Joe Duffy played a great through ball to Robbie Osker who ran clear played a great ball in and Billy Dolan slotted in with his 1st touch after just coming on 1-1. From here Celtic settled better and Duffy was starting to put himself about and Osker was causing problems. However it was Celtic who now could not find the final ball. But just as it looked like a goal for Celtic was on the horizon Rangers star man Ryan smith scored his 1st of the afternoon. A well worked passing move finished off with a poachers finish 12 yards out 2-1 Rangers…. Half time…..
2nd half started and Celtic changed from 442 to 352 to try and match Rangers formation but it back fired and quickly 2 mins into the 2nd half and Duffy tried to dribble the ball out of his box, Ryan Smith quickly closed him down and nipped the ball off him 3-1 Rangers was the outcome. Then 1 min later Andy Cook collected the ball 25 yards out took on 2 players and bang curled the ball around the defender and left the Celtic keeper rooted to the spot… 4-1 Rangers and game over…. Celtic however had other ideas and the menacing James Donaghue who was by far Celtics best player was giving our side a roasting at times with his dribbling abilities put another great ball into the box and what looked like a great tackle from Chris Brigham was seen as unfair by the official lines woman who gave a penalty which was duly dispatched by and ex pro 4-2… game on?
From here tho Rangers dominated play keeping possession and defending brilliantly at the back. The 5th goal was a smartly taken header from Ryan Smith to complete his hatrick and it was now a case of how many did Rangers want. Shaun Harley came close to scoring from his own half when a free kick eluded everyone and bounce up over the keeper only for him to get a hand to it and tip it over the bar. Then out of no where Scott Guest went on a mazy run taking on 4-5 players and nicely slipping the ball to Easty to smash in for number 6… which was quickly followed by another header for number 7 for Kammi Kahns 2nd… Gareth Sanderson should have made it 8 when put through on goal but decided to try and chip the keeper instead of doing what he does best… Thats how the game finished and the celebrations went long into the night…
Would love to thank everyone who came down and supported the event and helped us raise money for the free kicks foundation which was the main aim of the day. we have raised a total of £850.
Also many thanks to Netherton for giving us the facilities on the day for free and the sports lounge for once again providing the after match entertainment..