Game etched in memory

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

The local lads knew they had their work cut out for them.

Calgary's Masters club had the best shot at reaching yesterday's Legends of Soccer final but a brilliant performance from Manchester United's Lee Sharpe spoiled the party.

Sharpe almost single-handedly took out the Masters, scoring five goals, including the winner, during a 6-4 victory over Calgary.

The triumph vaulted his club into the final against Liverpool, where United lost 4-1.

The Calgary players won't soon forget playing against some of England's former top players.

"Oh, it was exciting. Just to play against them in something like this, you never know when it's going to come again," said Jimmy Reyes, who scored four goals for the Masters in the tournament and normally suits up with the Callies, his club team.

"It's also nice to show some of the Calgary talent here for some of the fans. I hope they enjoyed it, I'm sure they enjoyed the pros coming over from England."

Reyes, 34, is the older brother of Calgary Mustangs forward Nic Reyes.

The Masters and Calgary Selects players were chosen from a pool of talent and didn't really have much time to develop any chemistry but they held their own.

In fact, the Calgary side was up 4-2 over Man U at the half but surrendered four unanswered goals in the final eight minutes.

"I think we matched up with them pretty well but you can tell they're ex-pro soccer players -- their fitness may not be there but certainly the touch on the ball and their minds are as sharp as ever," said Reyes.

"They made us work out there."


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