Thursday 26 April 2018

Celebrities lose out as as Hunt switches sides

Shane Byrne in action.
Shane Byrne in action.

It was a great day for a kickabout at Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday as a team of sporting greats, musicians and TV personalities got set to take on the Wexford Youths Ladies Cup winning team in a charity match dubbed 'The Wexford Challenge'.

A fun day for the whole family was promised as Ferrycarrig Park opened its gates to families with a range of entertainment including massive inflatables from Wexford Bouncing Castles, face painting and live music from Ciara Byrne of The Voice of Ireland.

The event was staged in order to raise funds for The Tracie Lawlor Trust, Our Ladies Hospital for Sick Children, and Wexford Youths FC.

The main focus of the day was the 3 p.m. kick-off which saw a host of recognisable faces taking on the might of the Wexford Youths ladies team. Among those togging out for the celebrity team were former Republic of Ireland International Stephen Hunt; rugby legend Shane Byrne; TD Mick Wallace; legends of the 1996 All-Ireland winning Wexford hurling team Larry Murphy and Tom Dempsey; David Beehan and Jay Abbey from TV Show Tallafornia; boxer Adam Nolan; Wexford footballer Ben Brosnan; musician and Voice of Ireland contestant Pádraig Byrne; Senator Michael D'Arcy; musician Richie Hayes, and hurler Keith Rossiter, who managed to shake off the disappointment of Wexford's defeat to Dublin the previous day to take part.

It proved to be a great game played in great spirits. The celebrity team took a comfortable 3-0 lead, before tired legs began to creep in and the ladies fitness showed as they brought it back to 3-3 in the second half with Stephen Hunt joining them. The Ladies managed to win the resulting shootout and claim the win, however there were some great performances on the celeb team too with Adam Nolan particularly active and Tom Dempsey earning the title of Wexford's answer to Andrea Pirlo.

Wexford Youths and the Tracie Lawlor Trust were quick to thank everyone who took part, came along and contributed to what was a fun day in the sun.

Enniscorthy Guardian