Lorimer Park was host to a very special charity event last weekend in memory of a young footballer who tragically lost his life three years ago.

On Sunday, July 25 Nithsdale Wanderers went up against Abertay as part of the Ross Cook Memorial Cup which was played in tribute to nineteen-year-old Ross who tragically died in a train accident near Kirkconnel train station in February 2018.

After leaving Sanquhar Academy, the teen, who played for Queen of the South and Nithsdale Wanderers, attended Abertay University where he studied sport and business management. He also played for the university football team.

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The players enjoyed a good game of open football and both sides had a few guests. Even though a few of the Abertay team have now graduated, they still came back to remember their friend.

Two goals in quick succession from Bob Murray and Sean McKenzie put The Dale up early on in the first half.

In the second half, Abertay seemed to come together better as a team and passed the ball well, but Ben Herries scored a fine goal to make it 3-0 for the Dale before Abertay pulled one back late on.

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The game ended 4-1 to Nithsdale Wanderers, meaning the trophy stayed put. There was a tremendous turnout and £800 was raised in donations to local charities decided by Ross’ mum Mag and dad Stephen.

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