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Bannerman charity match raises £1000 for MacMillan Cancer Support

Written by  Bannerman High School
Fixture: Bannerman Yellows v Bannerman Reds
Competition: MacMillan Cancer Support Charity match
Venue: Bannerman High School

Two teams met in June at Bannerman High School to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. The game had barely kicked off when the Red’s Nicky Fraser collected a ball over the top from his brother Marcus and lofted it over Danny Clinton, the Yellow’s keeper.

However, the Yellow’s went on to dominate most of first half with the greatest chance coming from John Dickson and Connor Brannigan.

The Reds took another chance well, Lee Martin putting the Reds 2-0 up, firing in a deflection from a corner.

The Yellows still dominated possession though, with Dale Dickson missing a clear-cut header before Connor Brannigan saw his shot hit off the post. Despite these opportunities, at half-time the Reds went in 2-0 ahead.

Half Time: Bannerman Yellows 0-2 Bannerman Reds

The second half started frantically with both sides attacking. A pass deflecting off the Yellows Josh Robertson’s back was caught on the volley by Stephen Paterson, and his shot soared into the top corner to make 3-0 - an absolutely stunning strike.

The Yellows had nothing to lose and went all out attack. They were awarded a free kick on the left, and John Dunlop’s cross was met by Dale Dickson, who powered his header into the far side of the net, making it 3-1.

They grew in confidence following this goal, and the Reds started to tire. A ball played to the right found Jack Connolly. He jinked right and stuck his shot past by Yellows goalie, Stephen Thomson. At 3-2, the game was well and truly on, and the Yellow’s continued to press. They attacked and attacked and found an assist from an unlikely place, first-half goalie Danny Clinton. He took a long throw to find striker Dale Dickson, who slotted home his second of the day to equalise. There looked to be a final twist to mark a memorable comeback, but Stephen Thomson in the Reds’ goal was able to make a great save to deny Chris O’Neil.

The game went to a penalty shoot out then. With almost everyone missing, and with the Yellows 2-1 up, Stephen Paterson, the host of the day, stepped up to bring the Reds back into it... and skyed it over the bar to give the Yellows the victory. It was a great day overall and altogether £1000 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support by Stephen Paterson and his friends and family. 

Full Time: Bannerman Yellows 3-3 Bannerman Reds

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