A Mo Thouqeed hat-trick sunk JLR Castle Bromwich FC’s chances of any celebration after they were downed 6-1 defeat ‘at home’ to Cure Leukaemia FC in a fundraiser for the blood cancer charity which saw JLR Castle Bromwich raise in excess of £2,500.
A 19-strong squad of Castle Bromwich’s finest, all of whom raised at least £100 for Cure Leukaemia for a place in the side, stepped on to the turf at Birmingham City home St Andrews to take on their charity counterparts which also boasted former Blues skipper Darren Purse as part of their rear guard.
An early penalty for CL gave them the opportunity to open the scoring from the spot after just five minutes, only for JLR ‘keeper Craig Egan to guess correctly and keep the penalty out.
The first half belonged to Cure Leukaemia though after Thouqeed’s 13th minute opener, slotting past Egan, was quickly followed up by a thunderbolt second from Ed Donlon just two minutes later.
Thouqeed’s second on 25 minutes seemed to have wrapped the game up until JLR striker Andy Brown pounced on a defensive error to slide the ball into an empty net just two minutes before the break.
The goal gave JLR some encouragement after the break and they nearly got a second when a rebound from Brown’s free-kick fell to Martin Healy who crashed an effort against the bar.
Phil Langridge also fired just inches wide from distance on 72 minutes after some sustained pressure but CL recovered their moment with a fourth against the run of play with ten minutes to go, Tom Donlon joining his brother on the scoresheet with a simple finish.
Thouqeed the completed his hat-trick with a calm finish with three minutes to go, a crazy closing period which also saw Ed Donlon grab his second to complete the rout.
After the game, JLR Castle Bromwich FC manager Izzy Farrell stated her intentions to resign, a sentiment not echoed by goalscorer Brown her urged her to stay on.
Football aside, in what was a fantastic evening of fundraising saw JLR break their fundraising target of £2,500 for Cure Leukaemia although a final figure will be shared after the Whitsun shut down.
Congratulations to everybody who took part and remember…there’s always another game around the corner to put it right!
JLR Castle Bromwich FC: Craig Egan, Daniel Mallen, Martin Healy, Jogia Asmodeus, Andrew Brown, Anthony Reynolds, John Douglas, Matt Daly, Jamie Fisher, James Jervis, Matt O’Hare, Ashley Crosling, Malcolm Hayden, Ray Hoult, Paul Bailey, Joel Grigg, Matthew Bosly, Phil Langridge, Dalveer Gilar