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REBELS WITH A CAUSE: Ireland’s Colin Healy and Manchester United’s Roy Keane battle for the ball during yesterday’s Liam Miller tribute match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Pic: Sportsfile

REBELS WITH A CAUSE: Ireland’s Colin Healy and Manchester United’s Roy Keane battle for the ball during yesterday’s Liam Miller tribute match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Pic: Sportsfile

REBELS WITH A CAUSE: Ireland’s Colin Healy and Manchester United’s Roy Keane battle for the ball during yesterday’s Liam Miller tribute match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Pic: Sportsfile

Roy Keane feels that Liam Miller would have been honoured to see the turnout at the tribute game in his native Cork yesterday.

The occasion at Páirc Uí Chaoimh was an emotional occasion for Keane, who had been to the venue before but only as a spectator.

"I would have come here over the years to see the football and the hurling, one or two concerts, and it's great to be having a game of soccer. I ran for my school here, it didn't go too well," he said.

Keane got to play in the game as well as manage the Manchester United side, the Ireland assistant coming off the bench to replace Ryan Giggs.

In fact it was a very Cork affair, the biggest cheers of the day coming when Denis Irwin scored a penalty for the United side and then when Keane came off the bench.

But the day was about Miller. "If he was looking down I am sure Liam would be delighted," Keane said.

"Liam was a very good player, played for United and Celtic and his country, he was a very quiet and humble guy. There has been a great reaction from everyone in Ireland, particularly around Cork and from the players.

"I am sure Liam would have been delighted if he had seen the reaction from everyone in Cork."

Keane played with Miller but also worked with him as a manager as he signed the Ovens man from United when he was in charge of Sunderland.

In his programme notes, Keane joked about how he was not fond of Miller's time-keeping: "that would drive me crazy at times" he noted.

But Keane also spoke of Miller's character.

"Liam was very quiet but very strong too, you don't get to the top in any sport if you don't have good confidence and determination behind you," Keane said.

"When we talk about Liam being quiet, it was a nice quiet. He was no angel, he knew how to play the game and he was a good guy, you could see that with the reaction over the last few months."

Giggs, who captained the United XI, also spoke of Miller, his team-mate at Old Trafford and later an opponent when Miller was one of the Black Cats under Keane.

"He was a good player, had a good career with Celtic and came down to us at United. He was a quiet lad and this was a great occasion for his family, it shows you that football comes together at a time like this," said Wales coach Giggs.


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