20 July 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
A returning Ramon Vega rattled in a hat-trick and inspired the Spurs Legends team to their biggest win of the season on Sunday (July 19).
The former Switzerland international, making his first appearance for the ex-White Hart Lane outfit since March, 2014, completed his treble from the penalty spot in the closing stages of a fixture against charity side MANNA in Kingsbury – and in doing so sealed a resounding 12-1 victory for his team.
Several other players from Vega’s era at Spurs joined him on the scoresheet at Silver Jubilee Park as Darren Anderton, Mark Gower and Paul McVeigh all found the target – the latter plundering five goals – while Justin Edinburgh was in action at centre-half.
After an early Vega shot was deflected behind, the Legends took a 16th-minute lead when Anderton set up McVeigh to curl low around the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
Two minutes later the advantage was doubled through Micky Jarrett and, after Vega’s audacious 40-yard lob dropped just over the crossbar, the Legends let rip with three goals in five minutes to establish a firm grip on the game.
Vega followed up on his 21st-minute header with a well-taken strike 60 seconds later, guiding the ball home with his trailing leg as he latched onto Jarrett’s right-wing cross. McVeigh then collected Anderton’s lofted ball over the top to make it 5-0 with 25 minutes on the watch.
Gower’s effort was palmed onto the woodwork by the goalkeeper before McVeigh – the Legends’ top scorer in 2015 – set up Anderton to hammer home number six from 16 yards just beyond the half-hour mark.
The former Northern Ireland international then tried a chip which beat the keeper but sailed just over the bar, but he made no mistake in the 36th minute when he found the bottom corner of the net after Anderton’s shot was saved to give the Legends a 7-0 half-time advantage.
The goals kept flying in after the break, Gower opening his account from inside the box nine minutes into the second half and, after Jarrett had an effort ruled out for off-side, the former Swansea man doubled his tally on the hour with a fine strike from fully 35 yards – the ball dipping over the keeper and under the crossbar.
McVeigh took the Legends into double figures with 73 minutes played and added number 11 three minutes later, before setting up Gower to hit the bar again.
Vega brought up the dozen on 79 minutes when he sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot after Trevor Wilkinson won a penalty for handball, but the charity side had the final say as Danny Fenton converted from close range with three minutes remaining.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Andy Edmonds, Ramon Vega, Mark Gower, Stuart Nethercott, Justin Edinburgh, Aaron Chinery, Darren Anderton, Paul McVeigh, Micky Jarrett, Mark Falco. Substitutes: Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Southam.