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Ciaran Caldwell, Gerard Lyttle, Glen Ferguson and Patrick McAllister before the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Ciaran Caldwell, Gerard Lyttle, Glen Ferguson and Patrick McAllister before the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC

The fire-ravaged and graffiti-covered interior of the Sport and Leisure Swifts Football Club building on Glen Road in west Belfast

The fire-ravaged and graffiti-covered interior of the Sport and Leisure Swifts Football Club building on Glen Road in west Belfast

Kevin Scott

Glen Ferguson and Gerard Lyttle in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Glen Ferguson and Gerard Lyttle in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC

Glen Ferguson and Gerard Lyttle in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Glen Ferguson and Gerard Lyttle in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC

Glen Ferguson scoring a free kick in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts back in 2015. The club are hoping a change of name might mean a brighter future with more top level players pulling on their shirt.

Glen Ferguson scoring a free kick in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts back in 2015. The club are hoping a change of name might mean a brighter future with more top level players pulling on their shirt.

Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC

Glen Ferguson and Patrick McAllister in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Glen Ferguson and Patrick McAllister in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC

Patrick McAllister and Ciaran Caldwell in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Patrick McAllister and Ciaran Caldwell in action during the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC

Ciaran Caldwell, Gerard Lyttle, Glen Ferguson and Patrick McAllister before the charity match for Sport and Leisure Swifts. Kevin Scott / Cliftonville FC.

A charity football match has been held for a west Belfast soccer club whose clubhouse was gutted by fire late last year.

Arsonists targeted the clubhouse of  IFA Championship 2 side Sport and Leisure Swifts on the Glen Road on Boxing Day last year.

The building, which was uninsured, was gutted in the blaze.

Today a charity football match between Cliftonville Legends and Irish League legends was held at Colin Valley FC  to raise funds to help restore the clubhouse.

Among those running out this afternoon was Ballymena manager Glen Ferguson, Cliftonville coach Gerard Lyttle along with Patrick McAllister and Ciaran Caldwell.

The game finished up 2 - 2 with Ballymena manager Ferguson scoring a free-kick from outside the box to level the score in the dying moments.

Sport and Leisure Swifts have also set up an online donation page to help their fund raising efforts: https://www.facebook.com/SportandLeisureSwifts

Belfast Telegraph