Vermeijl double puts Rovers to sword
SHAMROCK ROVERS XI 0
MANCHESTER UTD RESERVES 3
FORMER England star Gary Neville helped Manchester United’s reserves side to a comfortable win over a Shamrock Rovers XI at Tallaght Stadium last night.
Neville was the star name in the United line-up, while Tom Cleverley – who hit 11 goals on loan at Watford last season – had goal attempts kept out by Rovers ’keeper Pat Jennings in the third minute and again in the 43rd minute when the ’keeper also made a stunning stop from Billy Keane’s follow-up attempt. England youth international Keane also had a close range volley kept out by the impressive Jennings in the 11th minute.
Cleverely put United ahead on the hour firing home the spot-kick after he was taken by Patrick Cregg. United went 2-0 up four minutes later; Marnick Vermeijl knocking home the loose ball after sub ’keeper Robert Hughes parried a Keane strike. Vermeijl sealed United’s win in the 75th minute when he was played through by Rodrigo Possebon and fired low past Hughes.
SHAMROCK ROVERS – Jennings (Hughes 46); Flynn (Cannon 46 (Murray 64), Gannon, Memery, D Murphy (Flood 57), Gillespie, Cregg (Walsh 82), C Murphy (Kenna 67), O’Connor (Griffith 76), Barrett (McGuinness 64), Fenn (Satelle 82).
MANCHESTER UTD – Amos (Devlin 46); Neville, Gill (Wooton 46), De Laet, Fabio, Ajose (Vermeijl 46), Norwood (Possebon 46), Eikrem (Norwood 79), Cleverley, Dudgeon (Brady 46), Keane (Ajose 82).
Referee – N Doyle (Dublin)