Hospital soccer sides battle it out for charity

MATCH OF THE DAY: Clinicians, left, v Porters line-up before Dorset County Hospital’s annual charity football match

MATCH OF THE DAY: Clinicians, left, v Porters line-up before Dorset County Hospital’s annual charity football match

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PORTERS at Dorset County Hospital ran out triumphant winners in their annual charity match against the hospital’s clinicians.

Around 140 people turned up at The Avenue Stadium earlier this month to watch the porters win in a nail-biting penalty shootout.

Proceeds from the game, which totalled £900, went towards the Dorset Deaf Children’s Society.

Both sides were playing for the Giles Molyneux Trophy, named after a former doctor who worked at Dorset County Hospital.

Giles died when his car collided with a tractor between Upwey and Martinstown in 2008.

The clinicians, wearing Weymouth FC’s home strip, went ahead after 20 minutes through a Chris Perkins strike.

The porters, wearing Dorchester Town FC’s home strip, equalised 15 minutes later through Lee Clarke.

The final score was 1-1 after 90 minutes and the match went to penalties.

With the match still tied after five penalties each, Julian Proctor, the brother of Giles Molyneux, stood up to take the sixth penalty for the clinicians.

Drama followed however as his penalty was saved by Kieran Fitzgerald, giving the porters the opportunity to score and pick up the trophy for another year.

Julian presented the trophy to Chris Clarke, captain of the porters, after the game.

The clinicians have only won the trophy once since its inception in 2009.

Martin Ring, chairperson of the Dorset Deaf Children’s Society, said he was pleased with the money raised.

He said: “I’m very chuffed to be honest.

“We are not a big charity. All contributions are gratefully accepted.

“Even if it’s only a couple of hundred pounds, it makes a difference to us.”

Martin revealed the money will go towards activities organised by the charity, including an upcoming event at Bournemouth Beach.

The charity has hired a beach hut for the day and will provide food and games for its member families around Dorset.

Martin said: “An event like that would cost just three or four hundred pounds.”

Juliet Collins, who organised the charity match, said: “It was a great day and it was very sunny.

“It was good fun and everybody was in good spirits. We were very happy to raise £900.”

Juliet said they were already looking forward to next year’s rematch. “We do it every year. Any ideas for charities would be greatly received.”

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