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Watch: Denis Irwin scores first soccer goal at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with trademark penalty

Louis Saha, Robbie Keane and Colin Healy also found the back of the net during this afternoon’s Liam Miller tribute match.

A CAPACITY CROWD of 42,000 packed into Páirc Uí Chaoimh this afternoon for the Liam Miller tribute match between Manchester United Legends and Ireland/Celtic Legends — and it was a Cork man who scored the game’s opening goal.

A host of Miller’s former club and international team-mates have lined out in a star-studded exhibition match in his honour, after the 36-year-old sadly passed away last February.

Denis Irwin opened the scoring at the home of Cork GAA from the penalty spot after Johan Mjallby was adjudged to have brought Nicky Butt down in the box.

It was fitting that the Cork native scored the first soccer goal at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, before Louis Saha — latching onto a delightful ball over the top from Ryan Giggs — slotted past David Forde in the Ireland/Celtic goal.

Ireland’s leading goalscorer, Robbie Keane, did pull one back for Martin O’Neill’s side just before the break, with a trademark low finish after cutting back inside John O’Shea.

And Ireland/Celtic completed the comeback 10 minutes from the end as former Ireland midfielder Colin Healy swept home from close range. 

 

The game finished 2-2, with United taking the honours on penalties.

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