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Irish News Past Papers - Dec 28 1998: David Beckham accuracy flattens Nottingham Forest

NIPPY NICKY...Manchester United’s Nicky Butt leaves Nottingham Forest duo Steve Chettle and Matthieu Louis-Jean trailing in his wake at Old Trafford on Saturday
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FA Premiership: Manchester United 3 Nottingham Forest 0

NOTTINGHAM Forest were more than holding their own in terms of possession and territorial advantage – until David Beckham began to find his range.

From one delivery Dave Beasant produced a tremendous save to stop Ryan Giggs’ header flying into the top corner.

From the resultant corner, which was United’s first of the match, Beckham swung the ball over to the back post where Johnsen headed home.

United scarcely deserved their 28th-minute lead, but they picked up after the goal. In the 59th minute Beckham swung over a free-kick which Berg headed back across the box for Johnsen to volley home his third goal of the season.

There was no holding United now and three minutes later Sheringham fed Scholes who released Giggs on the left and he lifted the ball expertly over Beasant and into the Forest goal for his sixth of the campaign.

That was the cue for Ferguson to bring on his substitutes and on came Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jonathan Greening and Jesper Blomqvist. Chris Doig was brought back from his Christmas holiday in Scotland to make his debut as a second half Forest substitute.

United boss Alex Ferguson has no such worries because of his vast squad and his team were able to cope with the loss of Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke through injury and suspension.

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DERRY City manager Kevin Mahon blamed his side’s failure to convert chances for their second successive defeat, at Tolka Park on Saturday.

Shelbourne continued their recent fine form with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals in each half from Pat Fenlon and Tony Sheridan, created in turn by the Baker brothers, Dessie and Richie. Mahon, whose side remain in seventh spot, refused to panic despite another defeat for the Candystripes.

He said: “We created chances but we just didn’t score, and that seems to be our problem. There’s nothing in particular wrong and we are working on it in training. It will come good....”

Shelbourne: O’Leary, Costello, Heary, McCarthy, Doolin, Scully, D Baker, Fenlon, Sheridan, Geoghegan, R Baker.

Derry City: Platt, McCreadie, Hargan, Hutton, Curran, McCann, D Kelly, Hegarty (M Kelly, 46), L Coyle, Gauld, McHugh.

 

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DUNMURRY Rec surprised favourites RUC to claim a 2-0 success in the Steel & Sons Cup final at Seaview on Christmas morning.

Goals from Mark Taylor (33 mins) and Gary Dallas (75) helped Dunmurray become the first Smithwicks Amateur League side since 1991 to win the competition.

 

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GRAEME Armstrong lined up for Stenhousemuir on Saturday to make his 864th league appearance – a British record.

Armstrong made his senior debut 23 years ago as a substitute for Stirling Albion at Stenhousemuir’s Ochilview.

So it was appropriate that the 42-year-old Warriors captain broke Tommy Hutchison’s British league appearances record in Muir’s home derby with East Stirling.

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