O’Neill honoured by ECU and Shamrock

O’Neill honoured by ECU and Shamrock

Posted on November 14, 2020 in 'News'

Football took a back seat on Sunday when ECU Joondalup and Carramar Shamrock Rovers honoured Myles O’Neill who has spent time at both clubs since arriving in Perth.

The clubs met in a charity fundraiser for O’Neill, who is battling illness, and it was successful day with just under $7,000 donated on the day, and the total is still rising, a great showing of support from the WA football family.

Long-time friend and ECU stalwart Steve (Syd) Amphlett said it was a great day, with proceeds shared between the Institute for Respiratory Health as a Myles O’Neill Grant for them to continue their research in finding a cure and rest to Cancer Council to assist with people who are already living with cancer, providing support and networks as they navigate this horrific disease.

“Myles has done so much for both Shamrock Rovers and our club, the turn out and support for this cause shows the stature in which Myles is regarded amongst the Football community and beyond,” Amphlett said. “Myles is not only an ECU legend, he is good friend, so everyone wanted to help. The money raised on the day gave Myles as much pleasure as it did everyone else who attended.”

On the pitch Rovers won the game 1-0 with a penalty from Leigh Doherty, who is the nephew of Myles, and he said it was a great day. “The game itself was fantastic, but it wasn’t the result that really mattered, it was won off the pitch. What a great turn out for Myles from both football community’s he’s given so much of his time and passion towards,” he said.

“The game itself was played with great spirit and an entertaining one for the crowd I’m sure. ECU where dominant with their possession on the ball but in true Rovers fashion our defence was rock solid and Ben Robson in goals was saving everything thrown at him.

“We knew chances would come on the counter and that proved dividends with one resulting in the Myles O’Neill Charity Shield (Which was sponsored by Dave and Deb Gent from IMO Pacific) coming to the hoops this year with Jack Bardsley being brought down for a penalty in the first half.”

The Jacks had a few surprises up their sleeve, with a couple of former players maybe making a comeback, but Jon Higgins put an end to those rumours post-match. “It certainly wasn’t a comeback mate, to be honest I thought it was an older team playing, was happy to have a few hot chips on the side and have a kick for the last ten, but I’m still sore today though,” he explained.

“The turnout was fantastic and why wouldn’t it be, the guy we were all there for is a club legend, Myles, Brano and the rest of the O’Neill’s have been a huge part of the club for a long time. It’s just really unfortunate the circumstances that made the day happen.

“From what I heard the bar was emptied which doesn’t surprise me with a gang of Paddy’s showing up. Like I said the day was superbly run, the same faces helping out as always and showing just how close everyone is from current/past players, coaches, supporters and families, but I’m still not happy we got beat.”

The club would like to thank everyone who turned up on the day and for all the donations.