Leicester 2 Manchester U 6

Dwight Yorke

Lei­cester City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 6, Fil­bert Street, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Jan­uary 16, 1999. Man­chester Uni­ted out­classed Mar­tin O´Neill´s Lei­cester City, who were with­out key de­fenders Matt El­li­ott and Frank Sin­clair, by a 6-2 mar­gin cour­tesy of a hat-trick by Dwight Yorke and a double from strik­ing part­ner Andy Cole, plus a late goal by de­fender Jaap Stam. 

The fir­st goal of the ga­me was sco­red by Dwight Yorke as he con­ver­ted a low cross from De­nis Ir­win in the 10th min­ute of ac­tion to give Man­chester Uni­ted an early lead. Greek cent­ral mid­fielder Theo Za­gora­kis lev­elled the score for Lei­cester City when he fired a stun­ning long dis­tance shot in­to the top cor­ner of the net ten min­utes ahead of  the in­ter­val, but the vis­it­ors re­gained the lead thanks to Andy Cole who ran onto a thro­ugh ball from Ry­an Gig­gs be­fore he ham­mered his ef­fort in­to the far cor­ner five min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion. Cole then in­creased the ad­vant­age wi­th a fine fin­ish two min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk be­fore Yorke made it 4-1 to the vis­it­ing te­am two min­utes af­ter­wards fol­low­ing a mis­take from Lei­cester cus­todi­an Ka­sey Keller. Wi­th 17 min­utes re­maining, City de­fender Ste­ve Wal­sh net­ted a sec­ond con­sol­a­tion for The Foxes, on­ly for Yorke to com­plete his hat-trick in the 86th min­ute of the fix­ture when he tucked away a re­bound from a Cole shot which hit the bar, and in the fi­nal min­ute of nor­mal time Neth­er­lands in­ter­na­tion­al Jaap Stam sco­red his one and on­ly goal for Man­chester Uni­ted as he con­ver­ted a fine cross by Da­vid Beck­ham. Lei­cester City Te­am: Ka­sey Keller, Rob Ullathorne, Pon­tus Kaamark, Ger­ry Tag­gart, Ste­ve Wal­sh, Ste­ve Guppy, Muzzy Izz­et, Theo Za­gora­kis, Neil Len­non, Stu­art Wil­son, To­ny Cot­tee. Sub­stitutes: Stu­art Camp­bell, Garry Par­ker, Gra­ham Fenton. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Hen­ning Berg, Wes Bro­wn, Jaap Stam, De­nis Ir­win, Da­vid Beck­ham, Jes­per Blom­qv­ist, Ry­an Gig­gs, Roy Ke­ane, An­drew Cole, Dwight Yorke. Sub­sti­tute: Phil Neville.


Dwight Yorke Quickfacts

Dwight Yorke con­trib­uted nine­teen goals in 74 seni­or ap­pear­ances for his na­tive Trin­id­ad and To­bago and was a mem­ber of the squad that qual­i­fied for the 2006 FIFA Wor­ld Cup in Germany.


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