Monday 21 October 2019

Soccer players fight it out in the ring

T.T. ‘Rattle Your Bones’ Owens (Enniscorthy Utd) and Liam ‘The Honey Badger’ Murphy (Ajax Athletic) in action
T.T. ‘Rattle Your Bones’ Owens (Enniscorthy Utd) and Liam ‘The Honey Badger’ Murphy (Ajax Athletic) in action

Brendan Keane

Soccer players from two neighbouring clubs in Enniscorthy battled it out against each other in an arena of a different kind recently when they staged a fight night event.

Members of Ajax Athletic football club and Enniscorthy United AFC battled it out against each other in Bellefield GAA complex in a competition that attracted around 600 people.

While the overall team victory went to Enniscorthy United it was a close competition with all of the fighters giving it their all.

Speaking to this newspaper in the wake of the event one of the organisers, Fran Farnan, from Ajax Athletic, said it was a fantastic night and a great success.

A special mention was made on the night to Mr Farnan's sister, Stephanie (28), who suffered a stroke the day before.

Her brother, Sean, was due to fight in the event but didn't in the wake of his sister taking ill.

Fran Farnan said Cllr Jackser Owens, the chairperson of Enniscorthy United, read out a letter at the event that was written by Sean Farnan in appreciation of the support the family received from the community and the response to it on the night was 'fantastic'.

'People were really great and lots of people were asking about Stephanie,' said Mr Farnan.

He also said there was a great atmosphere at the event: 'It was a real community event and there was a great positive vibe on the night.'

'The lads in both clubs would know each other well and would be friends so it was a good night,' said Mr Farnan.

The overall success of the event was underlined by the fact that around €9,000 was raised.

The money will be used to support both clubs.

Enniscorthy Guardian