Jay-Jay Okocha scored a hat-trick while John McGinlay, Fabian de Freitas, Fabrice Muamba, John Thomas and Sam Stubbs were all on the scoresheet in Saturday's charity game
John McGinlay’s All Star XI ran out 6-2 winners over Tony Kelly’s side in the Legends Match at a gloriously sunny Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With a host of former Wanderers players and famous faces taking part in the game, proceedings got underway and with just seven minutes on the clock, McGinlay opened the scoring with an instinctive header at the far post from a Scott Green cross.
Almost immediately however, Team Kelly responded with a header of their own with Fabian de Freitas powering an effort past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Following a sprightly start, the whole of Macron Stadium rose to their feet halfway through the first period as Fabrice Muamba arrived to take his place on the bench, with the midfielder making his entrance into the game shortly after.
And he did not waste any time in making his mark, providing Jay-Jay Okocha with an assist as the Nigerian thundered the ball home from distance with ten minutes of the first half remaining.
Not content however, the talismanic midfielder proceeded to double his tally in the 41st minute, dribbling his way through the Kelly defence before finding the bottom corner to the delight of the Bolton fans inside the stadium.
With Team McGinlay leading 3-1 at the break, Okocha swapped sides while Sam Stubbs – son of Alan – rifled home a half volley to make it four with the second half just four minutes old.
Shortly after the hour mark meanwhile, Muamba proceeded to win a penalty for McGinlay’s side with him taking the spot kick himself and scoring to make it five after the referee called for it to be retaken.
And it was soon six, with John Thomas getting in on the action as he beat Richie Branagan with a cheeky lobbed effort.
The latter stages of the game also saw Jaaskelainen find himself in unfamiliar territory, with the shot-stopper taking his place up front and almost finding the net, only for the woodwork to deny him.
The stage was set however for the man of the moment and Okocha completed his hat-trick with eight minutes of the game to go, coolly slotting home when one-on-one to reduce the deficit for Team Kelly.
There was still time for Kelly to attempt to get his own name on the scoresheet with him hiding the ball under his shirt, jogging half the length of the pitch and slotting home to the amusement of all inside Macron Stadium, but unfortunately for him the referee disallowed his effort as the game ended with a convincing victory for Team McGinlay.
Team Kelly XI: Branagan, Darby, McGuiness, Kelly, Coleman, Stubbs, Lee, McCann, de Freitas, Holdsworth, Reid
Subs: R.Branagan, Okocha, Sneekes, Whittaker, Cooper, S.Stubbs
Team McGinlay XI: Jaaskelainen, Green, Charlton, Faye, Winstanley, McAteer, Okocha, J.McGinlay, Thompson, Jones, Klasnic
Subs: W.Jaaskelainen, Curcic, Bishop, Thomas, M.McGinlay, C.McGinlay
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