Man United hold Chelsea; St Pat’s break Bohs hearts in FAI Cup final shootout

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St Pat’s captain Ian Bermingham lifts the FAI Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

St Pat’s captain Ian Bermingham lifts the FAI Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Carrick’s first, and perhaps only, domestic match in charge of Manchester United ended in a draw yesterday evening, as his side held Premier League leaders Chelsea 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. The visitors took the lead in the 50th minute after Jadon Sancho capitalised on a mistake by Jorginho to score at the Shed End. However the Italian midfielder later atoned from the penalty spot after Aaron Wan Bissaka had clumsily fouled Thiago Silva. Afterwards Carrick insisted incoming interim manager Ralf Rangnick had no influence in his team selection - the German could be in the Old Trafford dugout for Thursday’s clash with Arsenal. Elsewhere yesterday Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 in a blizzard at the Etihad, while Claudio Ranieri’s Watford were beaten 4-2 by Leicester on his return to the King Power Stadium. There was mutiny in the away end as Everton were beaten 1-0 at Brentford - the Toffees have now lost five of their last six under Rafael Benitez - while Burnley against Spurs was called off due to heavy snowfall at Turf Moor.

It was heartbreak for Bohemians and ecstasy for St Patrick’s Athletic yesterday, as the Inchicore club lifted the FAI Cup for a fourth time following a 4-3 win on penalties. The final, played in front of a record crowd of 37,126, went to extra-time after both sides played out a goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium. Chris Forrester gave Pat’s the lead in the 107th minute before Rory Feely brought Bohs back from the dead with a 116th minute header. However, it was Pat’s who held their nerve in the shootout with Robbie Benson scoring the winning spot kick. Gavin Cummiskey was at the Aviva, for an evening he believes thrust domestic Irish football into the spotlight, he writes: “The occasion looked and sounded like a major sporting event. It looked and sounded like the FAI are generating a sustainable football industry. All the pieces linked together, for a few hours. The soccer supporters were real, flare-throwing disciples of a league long hidden from view of a wider audience who believes that Manchester United or Liverpool are the only clubs worth following.”

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