Youngsters show how it's done
Published 24/12/2013 | 05:42
THE EMERGENCY Services played soccer against a team of young people from Ferndale, despite a day of high winds and heavy rain.
The teams played 20 minutes a half at the game, which pitched local youngsters against the gardai, fire service, Order of Malta and Wexford Marine Watch.
The youngsters won 8-1 as the Mayor Cllr. George Lawlor, complete with dripping chains, watched the game from the sidelines.
The match took place on the Green at Ferndale where the basketball court was destroyed following an arson attack last month.
The first-half referee, Sergeant Denis Whelan, who has held talks with local youngsters in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area, said the game was part of an initiative to improve comminications between the gardai and the local community.
Cllr. Lawlor said the game was part of the process of the younger community in Ferndale coming together with the essential services.
Commenting on the whitewash, he said the emergency services team 'didn't want to peak too soon'.
Although, the gardai believed the early departure of the fire service contingent following a callout may have been behind the team's demise.