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Luke Young makes Legends debut

Posted on 24 July 2017  - 11:11

Luke Young tasted victory on his first appearance for the Spurs Legends team in front of a packed house at Histon’s Glassworld Stadium on Sunday.

Luke Young on defensive duty at Histon on SundayHat-trick hero Gary Doherty on the ballPaul McVeigh zips away from his markerDavid Howells holds off a challengeLuke on the ballClive Wilson in actionFourth goalscorer Kevin WatsonThe players and substitutes line up for a photo

The defender, a former England international, slotted into the heart of the back four alongside Justin Edinburgh and excelled as the Legends racked up a 6-1 victory over charity side Histon & Petals XI.

Gary Doherty marked his return to action with a hat-trick, while his strike partner Paul McVeigh enjoyed himself up top as the Legends exploited their opponents’ high defensive line to brutal effect, racing into a five-goal lead before half-time.

Doherty and McVeigh were guilty of over-playing in front of goal as an early chance went begging, but the latter made up for it with the opener on six minutes, converting a ball over the top from Kevin Watson with a chip beyond the goalkeeper, before Doherty added number two within three minutes as he rounded the keeper to tap into the empty net.

It was 3-0 on 19 minutes as Watson sent Clive Wilson through on goal and a tackle from behind by a defender only served to help the ball over the line. Midfielder Watson then added his own name to the scoresheet midway through the half, controlling brilliantly from Doherty’s pass before chipping the keeper.

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Legends stopper Gareth Howells pulled off a fine save, diving full stretch to his left, before Young (pictured, above) played his part in making it 5-0, the defender finding McVeigh down the right side who in turn crossed for Doherty to take a touch and smash into the net.

Mark Gower’s attempt was tipped onto the bar just before half-time but, while the Histon & Petals XI managed to stem the flow of goals in the second period, the Legends still produced some tidy football.

Doherty completed his treble on 58 minutes, latching onto David Howells’ reverse pass and clipping into the bottom corner, before Howells himself coaxed a fine save from the keeper. McVeigh was full of energy up front, seeing a goal disallowed, sending a bicycle kick over the bar and then drawing another fine stop from the keeper, but it was the charity side who struck the final blow as Sam Curtis curled into the far corner nine minutes from time.

Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, David Kerslake, Tony Galvin (c), Kevin Watson, Luke Young, Justin Edinburgh, Mark Gower, David Howells, Gary Doherty, Paul McVeigh, Clive Wilson. Substitutes and guest players: Danny Maddix, Andy Edmonds, Micky Southam, Micky Jarrett, Ronan Cummins.