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Football raise funds for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust and the Teenage Cancer Ward in memory of Conor Murphy





Friends of Conor Murphy joined forces again to take part in a charity football match at Bourne Town over the weekend.

Conor died at the age of 22 after developing a cancer that affected his spine and lungs and, following his time in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, his friends set up Murph’s House, a charity to raise money for the ward which cares for young people with the illness.

Friends AJ Thomas and Ben Aspinall have run numerous events to raise money for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust and the Teenage Cancer Ward.

The two teams before the game. Photo: Dave Mears
The two teams before the game. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears

The football match at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday saw the teams made up of the many friends that Conor had.

The Greens had won the first ever Murph's House charity match at Peterborough United's ground last year after a 3-2 success.

This year, it was decided that the game would be played in Bourne to encourage more spectators as Conor and all of the players are from the town.

Zam Munton netted twice. Photo: Dave Mears
Zam Munton netted twice. Photo: Dave Mears
Supporters at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Supporters at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears

The teams were very similar to last year with the Pinks this time taking the honours after a 4-2 victory.

Bourne Town marksman Zak Munton scored twice for the Pinks while Chris Binns' close range tap-in and an Ash Firth free-kick completed their haul.

Aaron Fleet and Tom Smith scored for the Greens to try and mount a comeback but the Pinks held out for victory.

Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears

The trophy was lifted by Conor's younger brother, Matt, who was the Pink team captain and had a fine game in goal for the cup winners.

The event was again a great success with the hard work of the organisers reaping the rewards.

Goalscorer Munton said: "Ben and AJ set up the charity and are always running these amazing events to help Conor's memory live on.

Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears

"They are also helping other people in similar positions and supporting those going through cancer treatment with the kind donations that the charity receives.

"Conor's parents have been a constant support at all of these events. They play a big part in helping the events take shape and run as successfully as they do.

"The wonderful volunteers at Bourne Town FC also gave up their free time to help support the charity football match by running the barbecue and serving at the bar.

Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
The Pinks were this year's event winners Photo: Dave Mears
The Pinks were this year's event winners Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
Action from the charity game at the Abbey Lawn. Photo: Dave Mears
The Pinks celebrate their success. Photo: Dave Mears
The Pinks celebrate their success. Photo: Dave Mears

"They were great hosts all night and the charity couldn't be more grateful for the superb hospitality."

Entertainment was also provided by a live band, The Sonics, who volunteered their time to perform after the game.

The young quartet will also be live at the Bourne Round Table Festival and will be performing on the Sunday afternoon.



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