Argyle Legends vs Torbay Police Vets 2017
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Argyle Legends made it 12 games without defeat with a magnificent team performance which saw them defeat Torbay Police Vets by 7 goals to 3 at Stoke Gabriel FC on Sunday 23rd July 2017.
On a warm afternoon in front of a good size crowd it was Darren Garner who had the first shot of the game after 7 minutes, his shot being saved by the home goalkeeper.
The Legends fell behind in the 9th minute when the home striker rounded goalkeeper Graham Kimberley and rolled the ball into the empty net.
The prominent Garner had another shot saved in the 15th minute before setting up Bradley Swiggs to equalise in the 17th minute.
The Legends were playing some good football against their much fancied opponents and Swiggs fired narrowly over the crossbar in the 20th minute.
Two minutes later David Byrne hobbled off with a groin injury, to be replaced by his son Connor.
In the 23rd minute Paul Edwards made it 2-1 to the Legends with a stunning 25 yard free kick, which flew into the top left hand corner of the net.
Warren Feeney twice came close to increasing the Legends lead, before Connor Byrne made it 3-1 in the 33rd minute.
Torbay Police reduced the arrears in the 37th minute when Paul Edwards scored a spectacular own goal,when his header from a right wing cross nestled firmly in the bottom corner of the Legends net.
On the stroke of half time Feeney restored the Legends two goal advantage when he stroked the ball past the advancing keeper following a great through ball from that man Edwards.
The Legends made one change at half time with Mark Damerell replacing Paul Maxwell.
The Legends started the second half in a positive mood, keeping control of the ball and pinning Torbay in their own half.
Swiggs could and should have increased the Legends lead in the 57th minute when after dummying the goalkeeper he fired wide of a open goal.
The Legends were playing some brilliant football and Garner had another shot well saved in the 63rd minute.
in the 70th minute and against the run of play the hosts reduced the arrears when a cross from the right was headed home at the far post.
Not to be denied Swiggs atoned for his earlier miss when he calmly slotted home in the 76th minute to make it 5-3.
In the 82nd minute Spencer Cooper replaced the excellent Geoff Battams.
In the 84th minute Garner finally got his goal to make it 6-3 and 3 minutes later Swiggs completed his hat trick with a brilliant run and vicious left foot finish to complete a wonderful Legends performance and win the Gentlemen Jim Cup.
Legends Line Up
Paul Maxwell ( Mark Damerell H/T)
Lee Hodges (captain)
Geoff Battams ( Spencer Cooper 82 mins)
David Byrne (Connor Byrne 22 mins)
It was later revealed that £1053 had been raised for a local charity.