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Sammy McIlroy

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Bris­tol Rov­ers 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Third Ro­und Re­play, Oct­ober 11, 1972. Af­ter draw­ing 1-1 away to Bris­tol Rov­ers in the fir­st ga­me, Man­chester Uni­ted lost 2-1 to The Pir­ates at ho­me. Sam­my Mc­Ilroy equal­ised a fir­st ha­lf goal by John Rud­ge, but Rov­ers had the last laugh as Bru­ce Ban­nis­ter sco­red a late win­ner.

Re­leg­a­tion strug­gling Man­chester Uni­ted came in­to this mid­week en­counter on the back of a hard-earned 2-2 draw ag­ainst West Brom­wich Al­bion at The Haw­thorns, whi­le Don Megson´s Bris­tol Rov­ers had suc­cumbed to an un­ex­pec­ted 2-1 de­feat at the hands of bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble York City at East­ville in their pre­vi­ous fix­ture. The Third Di­vi­sion club, who had noth­ing to lose, launched them­selves in­to at­tack from the very be­gin­ning and the vis­it­ing te­am went ahead when a su­perbly de­livered cross by Bris­tol born de­fender Lind­say Par­son was met by John Rud­ge who­se head­er flew pa­st Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Al­ex Step­ney and in­to the goal on the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. The hosts were awar­ded a pen­alty in the 69th min­ute of the clash, but Ge­orge Best´s spot-kick was well saved by Bris­tol Rov­ers goal­keeper Dick Shep­pard. Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, who had re­placed Bri­an Kidd on 72 min­utes, fi­nally lev­elled the score for Uni­ted as he power­ed a well-pla­ced shot bey­ond the reach of Shep­pard and in­to the net in the 82nd min­ute of the mat­ch, on­ly for Bru­ce Ban­nis­ter to score the win­ning goal for Bris­tol Rov­ers when the for­mer Brad­ford City stri­ker be­at Step­ney wi­th a head­er four min­utes from time. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Wil­lie Wat­son, Mar­tin Bu­chan, To­ny Dun­ne, Ste­ve Ja­mes, Bob­by Charl­ton, Wil­lie Mor­gan, To­ny Young, Bri­an Kidd, Ge­orge Best, Ian Storey-Moore. Sub­sti­tute: Sam­my Mc­Ilroy. Bris­tol Rov­ers Te­am: Dick Shep­pard, Phil Ro­berts, Lind­say Par­sons, Stu­art Tay­lor, Frankie Prince, Bri­an God­frey, Ken­ny Ste­phens, Way­ne Jones, Bru­ce Ban­nis­ter, John Rud­ge, Bob­by Jones. Sub­stitutes: No­ne.


Sammy McIlroy Quickfacts

Sam­my Mc­Ilroy con­trib­uted five goals dur­ing 88 seni­or ap­pear­ances for North­ern Ire­land af­ter ma­king his in­ter­na­tion­al de­but for the coun­try of his bir­th in an evenly con­tested 1-1 Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Quali­fier draw ag­ainst Spain at Hull City´s Boo­ht­ferry Park on the 16th of Feb­ruary 1972.


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