Moving moments as game commemorates First World War anniversary

Cullercoats FC Under-21s and the Royal Fusiliers (Fifth Battalion Army Reserve Infantry before their game.

Cullercoats FC Under-21s and the Royal Fusiliers (Fifth Battalion Army Reserve Infantry before their game.

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Cullercoats FC Under-21s played host to the Royal Fusiliers (Fifth Battalion Army Reserve Infantry) to mark the 100-year commemorations for the First World War.

The game was officiated by Barry Sweeney, who tragically lost his son Liam, and his close friend John Alder, on Malaysian flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Both teams joined the officials for a minute’s silence in memory of lost ones from the War, followed by a round of applause in memory of Liam and fellow Newcastle United supporter John in what was an emotional moment for Barry.

Cullercoats opened the scoring with an excellent right wing delivery which was dispatched with a bullet header by Jake Greener.

He added two more to complete his hat-trick before being replaced by Stephen Moat.

In a hugely entertaining first half Cullercoats added two further goals from Hylton Hub and Moat before the break.

The second half was a much tighter affair as the Fusiliers strengthened their squad with fresh players.

Although there were no further goals both teams went close on several occasions but both keepers stood firm.

The game ended 5-0 and both squads and officials retired to Cullercoats Crescent Club for some well-earned food and refreshments.

Everyone involved with Cullercoats FC would like to express their thanks and continuing support to the Fusiliers for their friendship and their commitment and dedication in defending our country.

In March 2015, the Fusiliers will return to Cullercoats FC to help the club celebrate their centenary year.

They will be bolstered by their marching band and a full programme of events will be provided for the local people of North Tyneside to join in the celebrations in the form of a family fun day.