Fair City to send Carrigstown’s finest to take on Baldoyle United

by Rebecca Ryan

Carrigstown Crusaders have been challenged to a real match by Baldoyle United following on from a fictional final between the rivals on RTE’s Fair City.

An episode of the longrunning soap which aired in September showed Damien and Wayne claiming the Crusaders lost out on penalties as a result of the Baldoyle goalie being off his line. Baldoyle United took to Twitter to demand a retraction, but after much back and forth a rematch has been set – but this time it’s for charity.

The Carrigstown Crusaders, who are no longer a fictional five, will take on their arch rivals on Baldoyle’s home turf on Brookstone Road on Saturday, November 23 at 2pm.

Baldoyle United PRO Dave Nutley said: “We heard that Carrigstown were whinging about the defeat. “Even though we won fair and square, we are giving them another chance to win the cup on Saturday, November 23.

“But we will do our talking on the pitch.” Making up the Carrigstown team are George McMahon (Mondo), Maclean Burke (Damien), Ryan Andrews (Sean), Johnny Ward (Ciaran), Sorcha Furlong (Orla), Rachel Pilkington (Jane) and plenty more subs.

Fair City’s executive producer, Brigie DeCourcy, encouraged supporters to attend so they could witness the teams settle the score once and for all.

She said: “We’ve really enjoyed the banter on Twitter from the moment Baldoyle United reacted to Damien and Wayne, and we are excited to go head to head.

“We’re confident that we’ll put up a good fight. I would certainly encourage people to come out on the day to cheer on their favourites.”

This is a ticketed event, and all proceeds from the match will go towards St Michael’s House in Baldoyle, and the club. It is advised that fans travelling to Baldoyle car pool, or use public transport where possible.

The area is served by DART (Bayside) and the 29A and 32 bus. Tickets, priced at €10 per adult, €5 per child or €25 for a family ticket (up to three children), can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite.

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