Music man on the score sheet at St Ives charity match
MAKING music may be his profession but rapper MC Harvey proved he has other talents as he found the back of the net in front of a 300-strong crowd in St Ives on Sunday at charity football match for emergency medical charity Magpas Helimedix.
The MC was part of a celebrity side which included former AC Milan and England striker Luther Blissett and ex-Norwich forward Leon McKenzie as they challenged a Magpas charity side consisting of supporters and St Ives Town FC’s joint managers Jez Hall and Warren Everdell.
And it was the Magpas side which took a shock lead with an early goal from Dan Williams. MC Harvey equalised before Dorking Wanderers player Rees Jackson pushed the celebrities ahead as they looked to take control of the match.
Gareth Bridges pulled Magpas level before Williams added his second and the team’s third just before half time, giving them a 3-2 advantage at the break.
McKenzie started to show his class early in the second half, and scored his first of the day. He added his second from the penalty sport, after Neil Parker brought down Mc Harvey in the box, slotting the ball beyond Magpas ‘keeper Paul Reason.
Former Watford midfielder Micah Hyde was fouled in the Magpas area by Gareth Thomas and kept his cool to score from the spot, bringing the celebrity team’s tally to five.
McKenzie, who retired from professional football in December, finished his hat-trick and the celebrity XI’s second half-rout in the dying moments of the game as the match finished 6-3 to the celebrities.
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Celebrity team captain Blissett awarded two-goal Magpas player Dan Williams the Mick George Man of the Match.
He told The Hunts Post: “He was very bright in the early stages and caused us a few problems, and took his opportunities to score. As the game went on, and we took control, but he was showing willingness to get into the right positions to cause us problems especially when we lost the ball. If he had a couple more opportunities he would have scored some more.
“It was a good day, out lads showed they still had a bit about them – enough to give them a few problems. To see so many people turn up, especially on the final day of the Premier League, was brilliant.”
The charity match was the first of its kind for Magpas, but spokesman Antonia Brickell said it was hoped the match would become a regular fixture.
• To read more about Magpas and a special interview with a Helimedix team turn to page 28-9.