Pre season friendly round up

There were impressive wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Celtic and Leeds as the build up to the start of the new season continued.

Sir Alex Ferguson gained revenge for their Champions league final defeat as his United side beat Barcelona 2-1 in front of 81,807 people in Washington.

United opened the scoring through Nani only for Thiago to level with a curling effort on 72 minutes. However Michael Owen sealed the win with a late goal to send the EPL Champions back to Britain unbeaten.

Still in America, the New York Bulls claimed the 2011 Emirates Cup after they drew 1-1 with Arsenal in New York. A Kyle Bartley own goal, following some good work from former Gunner Thierry Henry, cancelling out Robin Van Persie’s 42nd minute opener. However as more concern to Arsene Wenger was the sight of Jack Wilshere hobbling off after only 3 minutes with an Achilles problem.

Meanwhile goals from Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzecko and Adam Johnson saw Manchester City cruise to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan claiming the inaugural Dublin Super cup in the process.

Balotelli opened the scoring just before half time with Dzecko adding a second just after the restart. Substitute Johnson added a third in the final minute.

Roberto Mancini resisted the option to give Sergio Aguero a debut will have been pleased with the impact of Balotelli and Dzecko as City overcame a strong Inter side that included Samuel Eto’o and Wesley Sneijder.

Earlier in the day a brace from Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper coupled with a Daryl Murphy effort saw Celtic beat a League of Ireland XI 5-0. The score line was somewhat harsh on the hosts with four of the SPL side’s goals arriving in the final 20 minutes as the part timers ran out of steam.

Elsewhere Wigan beat Preston 3-1 thanks to efforts from James McCarthy, Victor Moses and Emerson Boyce, Leeds beat a below par Newcastle 3-2 courtesy of goals from Patrick Kisnorbo, Lloyd Sam and Billy Paynter while Sheffield United and Blackpool drew 1-1. will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.


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