Ex-Hatters Ricky Hill and Mark Stein support annual cup final

Mark Stein and Ricky Hill at the Debbie Gilmore Cup final
Mark Stein and Ricky Hill at the Debbie Gilmore Cup final

Luton District & South Beds League sides Sporting Lewsey Park and Club Swan were in action for the Debbie Gilmore Cup recently, with Sporting running out 8-1 winners.

The annual competition is held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital in the name of Debbie Gilmore who passed away in 2014 at a young age.

Arranged by her husband, Steve and co-ordinated by family friend Rory Bryant who works for Great Ormond Street, plus Chris McCool, John McLoughlin and Jonno Barnett, last year the event raised £500, but there are hopes that total will be beaten this time.

Former Luton Town players Ricky Hill and Mark Stein were in attendance as Debbie’s son Steve started for Sporting and husband Steve played for Club Swan.

Sporting Lewsey pulled in a few trump cards and had a an almost full strength side out, but found themselves 1-0 down when Gareth Kellman outpaced the defence to slip the ball past the advancing keeper Niall Lawson.

However, Jordon Gilmore, Debbie’s other son, missed a hatful of chances, while Sporting, with the experienced Barnett, Gareth Harnaman and Chris Rizza pulling the strings in midfield, soon moved 2-1 in front.

Sporting then brought on their top scorer Ryan Smith as Club Swan’s back four was well marshalled by Rory Bryant.

The solid Sporting defence of Danny Ryan and Jordon Mungy kept things tight, as both side’s squad had a run-out.

Referee Dave Snaith was assisted by Dean Carney and Rachel Evans, with both producing fine performances as they played the final 10 minutes in goal.

The players and officials headed back for a buffet laid on by Merrison Gittens the landlord of Club Lewsey.