FOOTBALLERS and locals alike from the Old Pond in Hove Edge once more turned out in force to support the seventh annual Lisa Freeman Memorial Shield Legends Match.
Held in memory of local nursery nurse Lisa Freeman, who died in October 2005, aged just 30 from the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the match saw the current Old Pond football side lock horns with the supposedly ageing former players and special guests – The Legends – to raise funds for the Cardiomyopathy Association.
Jason Kirby was handed the reigns of Legends manager, charged with putting the underdogs 4-3 ahead in the currently tied series. Pond player-manager Richard Dawson was determined not to suffer the ignominy of another defeat to the old-timers.
In an increasingly competitive fixture, it was youngster Connor Storrie who opened the scoring for The Legends, who showcased their grit and determination throughout the match.
Referee Dave Ellis once more looked the part in his nun’s outfit but also kept fine control of the match. Jez Green inevitably coaxed the referee to produce the yellow card as he continued to display indiscipline in the Charity Event series. Luckily all caution fines went into the charity pot along with players’ subs.
The second half saw The Legends start to tire – and Holmes’ heroics could only keep Dawson’s side out for so long.
Pond captain Paul Taylor equalised despite Holmes saving three close range efforts on the bounce – and perhaps could have expected his defence to help out before the fourth rebound was eventually fired home.
The contest eventually finished 5-1, with the current Old Pond side still hurting from last year’s reversal.
After the match food was served for a small charge at the Old Pond pub. Raffle tickets were sold with the star prize being a helicopter ride. More money was raised through the annual ‘killer’ darts tournament, won by 11-year-old Harvey Holmes who donated his winnings back to the charity.
The total raised has already exceeded £600.