Arbroath High School Over 35s 3
Arbroath Academy Over -35s 2
On Friday night at the Arbroath High School football pitches there was a capacity crowd to watch the Relay for Life charity football match between veteran players from both the towns secondary schools.
A huge away support travelled over from the east end of the town and the gates were locked with a lot of supporters having to congregate at the bike shed to get a glimpse of the game.
The game kicked off with the home side doing their homework by keeping the grass long and watering the pitch to try to tire out the Academy players, who had a vastly higher average age than their High School counterparts.
But this seemed to backfire on the home side when the away side took the lead when after a great cross from Mark Forbes was fired back into the box by Eddie Gray and the ball took a deflection off R. Beattie but fell to SYE WEBSTER, who volleyed high into the net to keep up his record of never failing to score against the High School from 1958-2014.
It was all the Academy at this point and on 20 minutes they should have doubled their lead when a bit of wing wizardly from Alan Anderson finished with a perfect cross to the far post where Gav Hamilton screwed his shot wide of the post with the keeper beaten.
But the High School had a rare double break in the space of 5 minutes and 1st a shot by Billy Boyd was blocked by A. Hogan then the follow up was fired in by E. Rae but D. Shepherd pulled off a fine save.
On 36 minutes the Academy deservedly doubled their lead when S. Carswell done a “Platinni” type pass out to RABBIE MILLS who noticed the home keeper off his line and lobbed the ball from 40 yards over his head and into the net for a fine goal.
Next was a piece of majestic football by co-Academy Manager Jim Shepherd who dazzled with the ball in midfield and there was no doubt if this display was on “Strictly Come Dancing” that Shepherd would have received a “10 from Len”.
Half time: High School 0 Academy 2.
The Academy made various changes at half-time with putting on players who had 2 or more O Levels, while the High School players dusted down the blazers before taken to the field of play.
In 52 minutes, the High School pulled a goal back when S. Durno passed to KEVIN LONGMUIR who shot past the keeper with the Academy players appealing the ball never crossed the line but the referee (and also High School Janitor) gave the goal.
As the clock struck 60 minutes the tiring Academy conceded a controversial equaliser when CEDRIC CHALMERS was yards offside after S. Fyffe passed to him and the away side stood awaiting the referees whistle but he waved play on for Chalmers to tap the ball over the line.
The away support were in uproar with this decision and unfortunately a few were dragged out the crowd and placed on detention including a 100 lines.
Further controversy followed when with the much older Academy players absolute shattered KEVIN LONGMUIR clearly handled the ball but whilst the away players stopped expecting a free kick the referee waved play on for Longmuir to tuck the ball into an empty net.
This caused the Academy team to make a few changes and the deserved equalizer nearly came when a Peter Lorimer “howitzer” from S. Webster in the last minute was net-bound but the High School threw bodies on the line to block the shot and from the resulting corner kick the same player saw his Joe Jordan type header tipped around the post then the final whistle blew.
The real winners were Relay for Life as after a raffle/auction in the Station Bar where host Paul Cook kindly put on food for the players/supporters and a fine total of at least £820:00 was raised.
Sye Webster and Hamish Fairweather would like to thank everybody who was involved in this fundraiser night where everybody clearly enjoyed themselves and raised money for a worthwhile cause.