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FA Cup fourth round: Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1

ALEX Ferguson hailed the “sheer determination” that saved Manchester United’s FA Cup skin as they came from a goal down with two minutes to go against Liverpool to seal a famous 2-1 fourth-round win at Old Trafford yesterday.

For Ferguson’s opposite number Gerard Houllier, though, the focus of attention was the contentious free-kick decision he believes turned the game United’s way.

The decisive moment came when Jamie Redknapp was controversially penalised for a foul by referee Graham Poll on Ronny Johnsen. Houllier claimed it should not have been given.

“It was a crucial moment. I didn’t think it was a foul, and Jamie has told me since it wasn’t,” said the Liverpool boss.

First Dwight Yorke and then Ole Solskjaer scored in a dramatic last-ditch spell that wrecked Liverpool’s magnificent defensive display. Ferguson said: “Liverpool have every reason to be gutted. They defended fantastically, but sheer determination got us through.

“So people don’t think we want to win the FA Cup – well we showed differently out there.”

Ferguson also hailed Solskjaer’s crucial involvement.

He said: “The lad can come on and just switch into the game like that. The goal may well have been his first touch of the ball.

“We had a terrible start. To give a goal away like that to a 5ft 6in striker in the six-yard box against our defenders, for God’s sake, how did that happen?”

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TONIGHT a rejuvenated Jim Webb, fresh from a bruising, but successful Irish light middleweight battle, tackles Scotland’s Joe Townsley in Glasgow for the IBO inter-continental belt.

And Webb is acutely aware that for the victor the prize is a possible British title showdown for the light middleweight seat recently vacated by Manchester’s Ensley Bingham.

For Webb, the Matchroom touch has given the 30- year-old southpaw a new lease of life.

“I can’t complain, everything seems to be looking up at last,” he said.

“All right I lost my first fight but I’ve won the next three and now it’s two titles fights in a row. You can’t knock that. “I’ve been enjoying boxing again, the training’s good, it’s different and I’m always learning.”

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ALL of Derry’s key personnel were returned unopposed at a remarkably low-key annual convention in Owenbeg yesterday.

Jim McKeever’s election for a second year was greeted with a large round of applause.

Similarly vice-chairman Willie Turner, secretary Patsy Mulholland and treasurer Danny Scullion were all returned unopposed.

While there were eight nominations for the Central Council delegate’s post, Harry Chivers was not challenged and was also re-elected.

With Anne Sands standing down as language officer after one year in the post, Liam Peoples edged out Philip McKeown by 68 votes to 33.

Sean McGuinness stood down as youth officer after three years in office, leaving Laurence McKenna to beat Mickey Bradley on a second vote by the slim margin of 53-50.

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CLONARD gave notice that they are still very much in business when they outgunned a Marian 6-2 in the National League at the Grove yesterday writes Gerry O’Neill.

Chris French and Peter Cusick (two each) Ronan McGlue and Paul Murnaghan (one each) got the Clonard scores. Cathal Brugha also picked up maximum points when they beat St Vincent's 8-4 on Saturday.

Chris Giles (three) Conor and Michael Campfield (two each) and Aiden McMahon got their goals.

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LORETO College Coleraine had four points to spare over the more-fancied St Mark’s Warrenpoint in the Ulster Colleges U15 quarter-final.

Early goals from G McGoldrick and C McKinlay and another before half-time from midfield star U Hasson saw Loreto take a half-time lead of 3-1 to 2- 0.

St Mark’s fought back strongly in the second half with M Carr playing an effective role, but a score from J Dixon kept Loreto ahead and they went through to the semi-finals on a scoreline of 3-4 to 2- 3.

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