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Doherty, Edinburgh and Wilson among the goals for Legends

Posted on 13 September 2016  - 12:57

Gary Doherty helped himself to four goals – including a first-half hat-trick – as the Spurs Legends side racked up a 10-2 victory over a Rabbi Community Select XI at The Hive, home of Barnet FC, on Sunday (September 11).

Gary Doherty on Spurs Legends duty on SundayJustin Edinburgh with a bit of skillClive Wilson on the ball

The former Republic of Ireland international returned to the fray after missing the Legends’ last couple of outings and picked up right where he left off by hitting the target on multiple occasions.

Justin Edinburgh, who brings his Gillingham side to White Hart Lane next week in the third round of the EFL Cup, was also on the scoresheet along with the likes of Clive Wilson and Paul McVeigh as the team of ex-players continued their 100 per cent winning streak in 2016.

The Legends flew out of the traps in the sunshine and took the lead after just 27 seconds as Doherty steered a shot into the net after Wilson’s effort was blocked following a sharp burst forward.

Goalkeeper Gareth Howells made an excellent one-on-one save at the other end, but it was largely one-way traffic as McVeigh left the opposing stopper stranded at the side of the box and crossed for Doherty to head into the empty net on 14 minutes before McVeigh himself also netted with a header to make it 3-0 four minutes later.

Goal number four arrived midway through the first half as a miscued goal-kick landed at the feet of guest player, TV star Ralf Little and he duly fired home from 20 yards out.

Above: Tony Galvin on the ball on Sunday.

The Select XI reduced the arrears on 27 minutes when Stuart Nethercott was caught in possession and Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch scored on the counter-attack, but the four-goal cushion was restored four minutes later as Doherty ran through and completed his treble from the left angle.

Edinburgh dragged a shot across the face of goal and wide but he made no mistake on 39 minutes as he produced a neat left-footed first-time finish from Doherty’s centre.

Howells somehow turned the ball wide with his right hand as he faced another one-on-one situation just before the break, but he was beaten by Rabbi Lollu Hibbert’s shot from inside the box on 53 minutes.

The Legends kept pressing forward, though, and it was 7-2 five minutes later as McVeigh embarked on a fine solo run before squaring for Doherty to tap in from close range. McVeigh was clearly in a generous mood as, shortly after Glen Southam’s shot was pushed onto the bar by the Select XI goalkeeper, substitute Micky Jarrett set him up in front of goal but he unselfishly squared for Wilson, who drilled in number eight from the left angle with 71 minutes gone.

Little doubled his tally on 77 minutes, strolling through and rounding the goalkeeper, before the Select XI were awarded a penalty when an attacker was deemed to have been fouled by a combination of Nethercott and substitute Andy Edmonds as they went up for an aerial challenge. Rabbi Doron Birnbaum shot straight down the middle but Howells saved it, before again denying the same player when through on goal two minutes later.

Southam brought up double figures two minutes from time with a 35-yard lob after spotting the goalkeeper off his line, rounding off another emphatic win for the Legends.

Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, John Lacy, Tony Galvin, David Kerslake, Stuart Nethercott, Justin Edinburgh, Ralf Little, Glen Southam, Gary Doherty, Paul McVeigh, Clive Wilson. Substitutes: Andy Edmonds, Micky Southam, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett.