The versatile former Republic of Ireland international became the latest Spur from yesteryear to link up with the ex-White Hart Lane team and wasted no time in opening his goalscoring account, firing home in the 33rd minute to make it 2-0 having earlier set up Paul McVeigh for the Legends’ opener.
Operating up front with McVeigh, 36-year-old Doherty also played a key role in the build-up to Mark Falco’s goal as the Legends made it two wins in as many weeks.
Indeed, the ex-players were quickly into their stride and took the lead after only seven minutes, Doherty playing the ball across the box for McVeigh to turn and fire inside the goalkeeper’s left-hand post.
McVeigh hit the base of the upright 10 minutes later, while goalkeeper Gareth Howells tipped over a long shot at the other end before Justin Edinburgh’s cross from the left just floated over the heads of Falco and John Lacy at the back post just prior to the half-hour mark.
It was 2-0 on 33 minutes when Doherty latched onto McVeigh’s ball over the top and composed himself before slotting home, although Howells – whose 1991 FA Cup-winning brother David watched on from the sidelines – had to pull off a smart save low down to his left to avoid conceding just before the break.
The Legends’ third goal arrived in dramatic circumstances two minutes after the restart as first Doherty hit the bar from the right side of the box, Falco struck the woodwork again while leaning backwards and, having lost his footing centrally in the process, the veteran striker swivelled on the floor and finally steered the ball home on the rebound from a grounded position!
McVeigh (pictured, above) drilled into the side netting on 57 minutes, Howells was lobbed from long range at the other end but saw the ball bounce up onto the crossbar and after Andy Edmonds was denied by the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation, it was substitute Trevor Wilkinson who smashed home goal number four in the 73rd minute.
Phil Vaughan did manage to pull one back for the Les Peter XI on 86 minutes but substitute Micky Southam rounded the goalkeeper to complete the scoring in the last minute of normal time.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, John Lacy, Justin Edinburgh, David Kerslake, Stuart Nethercott, Andy Edmonds, Mark Gower, Kevin Watson, Paul McVeigh, Gary Doherty, Mark Falco. Substitutes: Brian Statham, Aaron Chinery, Micky Jarrett, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Southam.