On This Day - August 4 1997: 'We can live without Eric Cantona': Roy Keane

Manchester United cope with life after Eric Cantona in 1997 as they win the Charity Shield

Soccer: ROY KEANE collected the Charity Shield to lift his first trophy as Manchester United’s new captain and said: “I hope there’s more to come.”

United beat Chelsea 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at Wembley after Ronny Johnsen equalised Mark Hughes’ opener for Chelsea to leave the sides locked at 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.

Keane said: “It’s a great honour to play for Manchester United and an even bigger one to be captain. Hopefully there will be more trophies along the way.”

The Irishman has donned the captain’s armband in succession to Eric Cantona, who retired at the end of last season, and while the mercurial Frenchman will never be forgotten at Old Trafford, Keane said they were looking to the future.


Gaelic Games: Antrim football manager Ray McDonnell will meet with the new county panel and members of the county executive tonight in the Ballymac.

The panel will resume training on August 14 with particular emphasis on gaining promotion from Division Three and a successful campaign in the All-Ireland B Championship.


Hurling: THE reign of champions Cushendall came to an end at the quarter-final stage of this season’s senior hurling Championship after a disappointing showing against Dunloy at Ballycastle (2-17 to 1-11).

Level on four occasions during the opening 13 minutes, they fell from grace when Dunloy claimed their first goal and then just minutes later, missed a penalty.

Young Conor Cunning, winning his place in the absence of the injured Tony McGrath found the ‘Dall net in the 19th minute for a 1-6 to 0-4 lead.

Jackie Carson, three minutes later had a chance from the penalty spot to get the holders back in the hunt but his weak effort was well saved.

From here on it it looked as if Cushendall had lost the appetite for being top shots and by the halfway stage had already been toppled, trailing 0-5 to 1-10.

A second Dunloy goal ten minutes into the second half killed off a Conor McCambridge, Jackie Carson fightback which saw them score three points in the opening minutes.

Liam Richmond was the Dunloy goal scorer this time collecting a Conor Cunning pass to punish a porous Cushendall defence.

By the end of the third quarter it was over, Dunloy leading 2-14 to 0-9 but a Ryan McNaughton goal eight minutes from time gave the scoreboard some respectability.

Dunloy: S Elliott, S McMullan, P Malloy, S McElhatton, M Malloy, G O’Kane (0-4), S McMullan, C McGuckian, N Elliott, C Cunning (1-0), F McMullan, J Elliott (0-2), A Elliott (0-5), G O’Kane (0-5), S Richmond (1-1) Sub: T McGrath for J Elliott.

Cushendall: C McNaughton, M McCambridge, A McAteer, K McCambridge, D McKillop, R McNaughton, T McNaughton (0- 2), J McKillop (0-2), C McCambridge (0-3), D McNaughton, J Carson (0-4), A Delargy, D Connolly, K McKeegan Sub: R McNaughton (1-0) for A Delargy.

Ref: T McIntyre (Loughgiel)

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