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St. Pauls celebrate after beating the Waterford Legends in the Marky Lucas Memorial Challenage game at the RSC last Friday.
Marky Lucas Memorial Fund Challenge
The football family in Waterford came together for a special event at the RSC on Friday last as St. Paul’s FC and a Waterford Legends selection, including many familiar faces that donned the jersey of the Blues, played out a challenge game to raise money for the Marky Lucas Memorial Fund.
Marky, who was a well-known figure in Waterford football, died suddenly back in June and as well as the challenge game, a Schoolboy penalty shootout took place between many of the teams in the league with Evan Ryan winning that award.
So many people that were friends of Marky came together to raise needy funds for the Lucas family as people like Noel Ryan, Alan Barry, Anthony Walsh, Pat Kelly and Martin Dunphy put in tireless work to ensure an event that the man himself would have been proud of.
The game itself seemed to be going the way of the “Legends” outfit after they raced into a two-goal lead but the Parish men came storming back into the tie and it was Gerry Connors that proved to be the hero as he scored the winning goal late on.
David Sheridan gave the Legends outfit the lead goal on five minutes before Davy Walsh set up Brendan Rea to fire home the second goal for his side just three minutes into the second half to leave the Parish men needing a mountain to climb.
They got themselves back into the game with 68 minutes on the clock when Stephen McLawrence was on hand to fire home from deep inside the penalty area after a cross from the right from Dale Sheridan before the equalising goal came from the penalty spot that Sheridan converted after he went down in the area.
The winning goal arrived late on for St. Paul’s when a slip in the Legends defence saw Gerry Connors take full advantage and he finished past Tomas Wall. Although the Legends did try grab an equalising goal, the Parish held out with their captain Anthony Walsh picking up the trophy from Marky’s brother Vinny after the game.
It was a special evening for all concerned with the organising committee presenting Marky’s mother Nellie with a banquet of flowers, while a great night was had by all in Paddy Browns after the game where many stories and memories were shared. Well done to all concerned on a great occasion.
ST PAULS: Jamie Coady, Jamie Mullally, Anthony Walsh, Albert Healy, James Doyle, Bryan Walsh, Stephen McLawrence, Dale Sheridan, Roy Halligan, Gerry Connors, Adam O’Leary, Eric Crowley, Mark Kennedy, Noel Connolly, Jay Connolly, Pa Connolly, Walter Kennedy, Paul Dunphy
WATERFORD LEGENDS: Derek Hearne, Brian Arrigan, Martin Reid, Alan Barry, Stephen Bible, Pat Arrigan, Paul Cashin, Darren Rockett, David Sheridan, Dermot O’Sullivan, Craig Maher, Davy Walsh, David Breen, Brendan Rea, Pascal Keane, Seamus Veale, Gary Kent, Falla Wall, Paul Browne, Gary Hearne, Tomas Wall
Match officials: Derek Butler, Pat Fitzgerald and Tony Lacey.