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Saturday, July 25, 1998 Published at 20:18 GMT 21:18 UK


Sport: Football

Man Utd lose in pre-season friendly

Hat-trick tussle: Birmingham's Ndlovu tackles Man Utd's Philip Mulryne

Birmingham 4 - Manchester United 3

Philip Mulryne, Man Utd's 20-year-old new boy took the chance of David Beckham's withdrawal from this match to prove his worth to manager Alex Ferguson.

He did so by scoring a hat-trick.

Mulryne, who made his Northern Ireland debut before playing a first-team game for United, only had one battle and that was at full-time with Peter Ndlovu. Ndlovu also scored three times for Birmingham.

Ndlovu scored first in the match after eight minutes after United's defence failed to clear Dele Adebola's left-wing cross.

In the 21st minute Mulryne equalised, but four minutes later Ndlovu restored the lead to Birmingham.
[ image: Wallwork holds off Furlong]
Wallwork holds off Furlong

It was Mulryne again who made the score level in the 38th minute, but four minutes before half-time the first division club took the lead through Paul Furlong.

Birmingham, who beat Tottenham 4-2 in midweek, went two ahead when Ndlovu completed his hat-trick after 54 minutes.

Just two minutes later Mulryne joined the Zimbabwean international on three goals a piece by slotting home a penalty after being brought down by Simon Charlton.

Blackpool 1 - Sheffield Wednesday 0

Wednesday manager Danny Wilson will be disappointed with his team's shock loss to first division Blackpool. On the other hand Blackpool manager Nigel Worthington will be delighted to have beaten the club where he played.

Wednesday's big names got a chance to play in the second half as Wilson changed the side around, but the only goal of the match came from Brett Ormerod, a rookie who joined Blackpool from non-league Accrington Stanley.

Halfway through the second half Ormerod came in on Wednesday's blind side and got on the end of a cross from Junior Bent.

Luton Town 1 - Arsenal 1

Luton Town shocked Arsenal with a last-minute equaliser after the league and cup double winners looked to have closed out the second division team in a narrow victory.

Less well known members of the Gunners' squad got a chance to prove themselves for the new season as seven of Arsenal's World Cup stars were rested. Both teams liberally used substitutes - Arsenal five and Luton used eight.


[ image: Goalscorer Bactuet tackles Arsenal's Ray Parlour]
Goalscorer Bactuet tackles Arsenal's Ray Parlour
The first half was very quiet but both teams stepped up the pace after half-time. Nicholas Anelka, standing in for Dennis Bergkamp, scored the Arensal goal with his left foot in the 67th minute.

But Luton kept plugging away, and in the 89th minute, triallist Herve Bactuet became the second Frenchman to score with a powerful drive into the top corner.

Hednesford 0 - Middlesbrough 0

Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough missed the striking ability of Paul Gascoigne, Paul Merson and Gary Pallister in their goalless draw against non-League Hednesford at Keys Park.

Hamilton Ricard had two clear chances but missed both. In the eighth minute the Colombian's tame shot was blocked by Hednesford keeper Scott Cooksey and at the beginning of the second half he struck straight at Cooksey for another save.

Hednesford will be happy with the result but it was really the goalies' day as Boro keeper Marlon Beresford fended off a 25-yard attempt from Paul Carty and Cooksey denied Middlesbrough's poor attack.

Celtic 2 - Tottenham 1

After a paltry goalless midweek draw in the Champions' league against St Patrick's Athletic, Celtic wanted to show some spark to the Parkhead fans - and they did just that against the London side.

Tottenham rested England duo Sol Campbell and Darren Anderton, but showed off their £1.4m Italian summer signing Paolo Tramazzani.

Celtic missed the injured Danes Marc Rieper and Morten Wieghorst, and, as a precaution ahead of Wednesday's Dublin return, rested Henrik Larsson and Stephane Mahe.

Initially things looked tough when Celtic went one down to Chris Armstrong 's 11th-minute opener. Celtic chances passed but the team pressed on against a sluggish Tottenham and drew level with Regi Blinker just before half-time.

Celtic's reward for a more fluent second-half display came just after the hour mark when Espen Baardsen struck from 20 yards.

Jozef Venglos will remember the match as his first win at the Celtic helm.

Motherwell 1 - West Ham 1

Ex-Arsenal star Ian Wright just missed scoring a goal on his debut appearance for West Ham thanks to a great save from Motherwell keeper Steve Woods.

A loud cheer met a sprightly Wright when he came on as a substitute in the 70th minute.

Six new Motherwell signings could not stop West Ham taking the lead nine minutes in when defender Lee Hodges rifled a pass from Frank Lampard from a tight angle.

But the Scottish side Motherwell equalised halfway through the second half when Owen Coyle took the chance offered by a bad back-pass from John Moncur.

Chester 1 - Everton 1

Former Rangers chief Walter Smith will not be happy as Everton were held to an embarrassing draw on his managerial debut in English soccer.

Everton squandered chances galore before Chester held them to one goal a piece.

Third division Chester may not have paid their players but nevertheless they produced a gritty display against a side who should have dominated.

Everton took the lead when Gareth Farrelly's cross was fired home by John Spencer after 52 minutes. But a second-half goal from Chester's new signing Luke Beckett forced the draw.

Chester goalie Wayne Brown made three fine saves from Duncan Ferguson, and Spencer wasted enough openings to have completed his hat-trick.

Bradford 2 - Derby 3

The lead swung to both sides in the friendly between Derby County and first division Bradford at the Valley Parade ground.

Bradford took the lead in the 16th minute through Brazilian Edinho. But it did not last for long as Dean Sturridge scored twice in two minutes to take the lead for the Rams.

Bradford equalised two minutes before the break through their teenage striker Gareth Grant.

But left full-back Stefan Schnoor claimed what turned out to be the winner after 52 minutes. The Derby new boy got on the end of Paulo Wanchope's cross and drove the ball into the top of the Bradford net to give the Rams victory.





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