Weston-super-Mare Legends tame Manchester United with six of the best

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth - Credit: Archant

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Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth - Credit: Archant

It may have lacked a bit of pace, but the Woodspring Stadium played host to a hugely entertaining battle between Weston and Manchester United as Paul Bliss celebrated 30 years as chairman of the club.

This topsy turvy match involved big names such as Keith Gillespie and David May, with Ron Atkinson in the dugout for the Red Devils opposite Pete Amos - who took charge of Weston.

The Seagulls’ first team goalkeeper Luke Purnell played much of the match, alongside striker Tristan Plummer and defender Clayton Fortune.

There were 11 goals in this match which saw Weston claim the win for their loyal chairman.

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth - Credit: Archant


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Former Northern Ireland manager Sammy McIlroy took an early penalty for United but Ray Cashley – who made more than 100 appearances for the Seagulls – made an excellent save before he was substituted for Purnell.

United did take the lead three minutes later when David May made no mistake with another penalty.

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Paul White then added a second for the Red Devils just a few minutes later.

Paul McCloughlin pulled one back for Weston before half time as he bundled home the rebound of his missed penalty, and they equalised through Mark McKeever after the break.

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth - Credit: Archant

A terrific solo effort from Tristan Plummer then gave the Seagulls the lead for the first time in the match.

The current Weston forward danced through the United defence before finishing well.

Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie scored two quick-fire goals to put United back in front before Josh Rigby added a fifth.

It was becoming a goal frenzy as David Mehew scored Weston’s fourth before Mark McKeever equalised after Weston were given a penalty.

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth

Weston Legends: Picture by Wayne Whitworth - Credit: Archant

Mehew then won in it in dramatic style with a tap-in five minutes from time.

Paul Bliss also enjoyed a golf day last week, which he said was a great opportunity to ‘see old friends.’

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