Man United 2 Portsmouth 1
Manchester United 2 Portsmouth 1, Old Trafford, English Football League Second Division, August 28, 1974. Manchester United defeated Portsmouth by a 2-1 score on home soil thanks to a goal apiece from midfielders Gerry Daly and Sammy McIlroy, with the former scoring from the penalty spot.
Newly relegated Manchester United came into the game fresh from a resounding 4-0 triumph against Millwall at Old Trafford, whereas Portsmouth had beaten Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Fratton Park in their previous fixture. United took the initiative from the beginning and went ahead in the match when Republic of Ireland midfielder Gerry Daly beat Portsmouth goalkeeper David Best from the spot in the 16th minute of the contest. The Reds dominated for the remainder of the first period, but the home outfit failed to score more goals before the half-time break. Manchester United kept on going forward in the second period and Northern Ireland international Sammy McIlroy doubled the lead in the 80th minute of the clash before ex-Southampton dangerman Ron Davies netted a consolation penalty for Pompey seven minutes later. After beating Portsmouth 2-1 at Old Trafford, Manchester United were now topping the Second Division table with six points taken from three games played. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Alex Forsyth, Stewart Houston, Martin Buchan, Jim Holton, Brian Greenhoff, Willie Morgan, Gerry Daly, Stuart Pearson, Mick Martin, Sammy McIlroy. Substitutes: None. Portsmouth Team: David Best, Phil Roberts, Billy Wilson, Norman Piper, Paul Went, Alan Stephenson, Peter Marinello, Eoin Hand, Ron Davies, Richard Reynolds, Mick Mellows. Substitute: Peter Ellis.
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