OLD FIRM FOOTBALL MATCH RAISES OVER £2.3K FOR LOCAL CHARITY
East Kilbride Community Trust to benefit from K-Park Training Academy’s first Old Firm fundraiser.
CELTIC GREAT SIMON DONNELLY AND RANGERS LEGEND BOB MALCOLM put their boots on for K-Park Training Academy’s inaugural Old Firm charity match on 30th December 2012 to support the East Kilbride Community Trust, a local charity which strives to bring the community together and promote a healthy lifestyle for all.
The Old Firm rivalry was set aside before the match began, as a minute long applause was held in memory of Phil O’Donnell and Tom Peat.
Rangers took an early lead in the match, with Stephen Petit netting the ball from close range, before two Gary O’Hanlon goals saw the Hoops pull ahead at the break.
The second half was started in style, with a magnificent effort by Gary O’Hanlon, who chipped the ball straight over the goal keeper’s head and into the back of the net to complete his hat trick.
A goal from Craig Miles and another from Gary O’Hanlon saw Celtic take a 5-1 lead in a fairly one-sided second half before Stephen Petit bagged his second goal of the match to pull back a late consolation goal for the Gers.
The score finished 5-2, a fair reflection of the game.
The crowd filled K-Park’s 400 seat grand stand to capacity, with fans eager to see some Old Firm action. Donation buckets at the gate, coupled with an auction after the match saw over £2,300 donated to local charity, the East Kilbride Community Trust.
Event organiser Andy Dykes said “The day was a real success, the East Kilbride Community Trust is a great cause and all money raised will go straight back into the community. K-Park is great and I hope more matches like this can be organised to raise money for the continuing development of the facilities there and future projects of the Trust.”
Monique McAdams, Chief Executive, East Kilbride Community Trust said “The East Kilbride Community Trust would like to express its deepest appreciation and thanks to Andy Dykes for not only bringing the community together through the power of football but for the raising the spectacular sum of £2300. We are so pleased that Andy decided to choose us as his charity, as it’s the first time someone from the local community of East Kilbride has officially recognised the work we do in helping the community and donating to us. Thank you Andy.”
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