‘Friends of Newtoun Inn’ charity match

Willy Kelly with Teresa Fenlon, Eleanor Kelly, Linda Kelly-Tosh, Geraldine Guy and Paul Fenlon at the fundraising football/Ga match held on Friday night. INLV2815-187KDR
Willy Kelly with Teresa Fenlon, Eleanor Kelly, Linda Kelly-Tosh, Geraldine Guy and Paul Fenlon at the fundraising football/Ga match held on Friday night. INLV2815-187KDR
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Around 80 footballers took to the 3G pitch at Scroggy Road in Limavady at the weekend for a fundraising ‘Friends of Newtoun Inn’ football match.

The event was held on Friday night, and was organised by Damien Guy, Cathal Doherty, Chris Fenlon and Sean Kelly.

Danny and fellow players playing in the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-220KDR

Danny and fellow players playing in the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-220KDR

Damien Guy explained the fundraising night was organised to help well known Limavady man, Willie Kelly who has been heavily involved in local sport for many years, and who is currently suffering illness.

Willie manages the Roe Valley Ladies and Reserves, and has also previously helped manage the Limavady ladies senior gaelic team.

“We had great support and it was a great night,” Damien told the ‘Journal’.

“It’s nice to be able to do something for somebody. A few of us got together and decided this would be a nice thing to do,” said Damien.

Willy Kelly (left) with Damian Guy organisor at the fundraising football/Ga match held on Friday night. INLV2815-186KDR

Willy Kelly (left) with Damian Guy organisor at the fundraising football/Ga match held on Friday night. INLV2815-186KDR

“Willie has been involved with sport for a long time, and would be very well known, so we thought this would be a good thing to do to help him.”

The fundraising match involved players from various clubs throughout the local area, and attracted a huge crowd on the sidelines at Scroggy Road playing fields with more than 100 spectators enjoying the footballing spectacles.

After the match, those in attendance headed to the Newtoun Bar for a fundraising quiz.

Some of those in attendance also bravely put themselves forward to take part in a charity wax, while some others had their heads shaved to raise funds.

Players enjoying the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-231KDR

Players enjoying the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-231KDR

A charity draw also took place after the match and, among the many prizes up for grabs on the night, was a signed Derry GAA top.

A pair of signed boxing gloves by Dungiven champion Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey was also one of the prizes.

Damien said the evening attracted fantastic support and, on behalf, of the organisers thanked everyone who helped make it such a great night, including those who donated prizes and food.

Action from the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-209KDR

Action from the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-209KDR

Willy Kelly gets in on the action at the fundraising football/Ga match held on Friday night. INLV2815-245KDR

Willy Kelly gets in on the action at the fundraising football/Ga match held on Friday night. INLV2815-245KDR

Action from the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-239KDR

Action from the fundraising football/Ga match in support of Willie Kelly held on Friday night. INLV2815-239KDR