Argyle Legends vs Exeter City Vets 2011

Thursday 10th November 2011
Two goals in two minutes at the start of the second half saw Exeter City Vets take bragging rights in the first ever Legends Westcountry derby with a 3 - 1 victory over Plymouth Argyle Legends.

The game, arranged to raise funds for the North Devon Sports Foundation was played at Mill Road, the home of Barnstaple AFC and was watched by a healthy crowd.

The game started at a fast pace with Argyle keeper Dave Walter saving well from City's Chris Vinnicombe. Argyle responded with Mark Damerell testing City goalkeeper Mike Barrett with a close range effort.

Exeter Vets went ahead after 8 minutes when current Torquay United manager Martin Ling scored following a cross from the left.

In an entertaining opening, Argyle Legends equalised in the 15th minute when Damerell chipped the ball over the City goalkeeper into the top corner of the net for a splendid finish.

Despite the late withdrawal of 6 players Argyle Legends were more than holding their own against a strong City line up and had the better chances as the first half ended with honours even.

In an explosive opening to the second half City scored in the 48th and 50th minute through Ian Pearson and Scott Hiley, punishing Legends defensive lapses.

Argyle Legends rallied with Jason Jones twice testing Barrett from 25 yards and Legends Man of the Match Damerell firing narrowly wide.

Argyle almost reduced the arrears in the 65th minute when Tommy Tynan's goal bound shot hit his own player Paul Smith and deflected into the arms of Barrett who was prostrate on the ground.

This was the closest Argyle came to scoring as the game entered its closing stages.

Argyle were still attacking as the referee blew his whistle for full time.

Argyle Legends Line Up:
Dave Walter,
Steve Brownlow,
Geoff Battams,
Paul Smith,
Ryan Cross,
Robbie Pethick,
Andy Bacon,
Jason Jones,
Tommy Tynan,
Owen Pickard,
Mark Damerell.
Exeter City Vets Line Up:
Mike Barrett,
Martin Rogers,
Peter Hatch,
Dick Forbes,
Shaun Taylor,
Hedley Steele,
Martin Ling,
Barry McConnell,
Scott Hiley,
Ian Pearson,
Chris Vinnicombe.