Mulgrave heroics rescue United
PUBLISHED: 14:03 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010
Dead-ball specialist Nathan Mulgrave came off the bench to fire Bethnal Green United to victory in a rollercoaster match at Deportivo Galicia.
Dead-ball specialist Nathan Mulgrave came off the bench to fire Bethnal Green United to victory in a rollercoaster match at Deportivo Galicia on Saturday.
Half-time substitute Mulgrave curled home two trademark free-kicks and set up a third goal in an outstanding individual display as United battled back from a two-goal first-half deficit in the Middlesex County League.
There was still time for Deportivo to equalise through Juan Cambeiro but Bethnal Green were not to be denied and Shane Joseph headed in a late winner to secure a thrilling win.
United manager Justin Gardner, who had seen his side struggle in the opening 45 minutes, praised Mulgrave's heroics.
He said: "Nathan produced a performance that was out of this world. I haven't seen him play that well for two years. He really turned the game for us.
"I was fuming at half-time because we were so sloppy in the first 45 minutes and I told the players that I would have liked to make seven substitutions. But fortunately Nathan bailed us out."
Deportivo had taken an early lead when slack marking from a corner allowed Michael Smith to head home unchallenged and the home side doubled their lead when a mix-up with goalkeeper Ragan Bailey saw new signing Daniel Gordon head into his own net.
But Mulgrave turned the game within minutes of the restart, smashing home an unstoppable free-kick after Joseph was tripped and then curling a second free-kick moments later.
With an hour gone, Daniel Carins sent Mulgrave racing clear but the midfielder passed up the chance of a hat-trick by squaring for Danny Thomas to tap home on his debut.
Deportivo refused to give up and levelled when Cambeiro stole in behind Shane Baptiste and fired home but Joseph headed in Ricky Field's corner with nine minutes left to seal a stunning turnaround.