10:00AM, Saturday 15 June 2019
Windsor FC forward Barry Hayles finished as England Veterans' top scorer in the Senior World Cup in Thailand, but the Three Lions had to be content with runners up medal after losing 1-0 in last week’s final to Iran
Hayles, who was also England captain, was on red-hot form throughout the tournament, scoring a 50-minute hat-trick in England’s opening game against Taiwan.
He repeated the feat in the 4-2 quarter-final win against New Zealand, after the Three Lions had fallen behind.
The 47-year-old showed his poachers instinct for the first goal, pouncing on a loose ball to bundle it home, before doubling his tally in the game with a deflected free-kick.
Hayles proved to be the catalyst that England needed to turn the game on its head and he completed his second hat-trick of the competition when he beat two defenders for pace before side-footing the ball past the diving ‘keeper.
That was his sixth of the tournament, and incredibly rounded off a 24-minute first half hat-trick for the Royalist forward, who was finding the back of the net with ease.
Hayles was once again on the scoresheet in the semi-final as he equalised with just five minutes left to play against Scotland, in a repeat of last years final.
Former Derby County forward Deon Burton netted a controversial late winner to send England to their fourth consecutive Senior World Cup final, but unfortunately it was not to be as they went down 1-0 to Iran.
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