Milk Cup: Jasper Uwaegbulam wrecks Manchester United’s dream
Manchester United's aspirations of an unprecedented third Premier title in a row have been wrecked by Qatari outfit Aspire.
Two goals from Aspire frontman Jasper Uwaegbulam after half-time saw off United’s challenge for this year's tournament, despite an injury-time wonder strike from United left-back Tyler Blackett.
It was a well-deserved win against four-time winners United and proved just why no team has won the tournament three times on the bounce.
Aspire’s head of football Michael Browne was understandably delighted at the final whistle.
“We set ourselves out to defend in a certain way which would contain and frustrate them,” Browne admitted.
“All the boys did their jobs fantastically well, and the only disappointment was to concede the goal right at the end and holding on a bit with the time the referee was adding on.
“Coming to the Milk Cup is a good experience for our boys because in games like tonight when the score was at 0-0 we knew we had to score, and you don’t get that sort of pressure in normal games.”
Aspire now go on to face Desportivo Brazil in the first of the Premier Section quarter-finals.
One Premier side who had no such troubles in making the quarter-final line up was Spurs, after a 1-0 win over KV Mechelen, setting up a tie with Donegal Schools 93 in the last eight.
Spurs coach John McDermott was complimentary of their Belgian opponents and shirked off the favourite’s tag which his side have inherited after United’s exit.
“It was a very, very tough game and the Belgian side were better than us in first half in all honesty,” McDermott said.
“In the second half we edged it and I was really pleased because our subs made a difference when they came on.
County Tyrone bounced back from their opening day defeat to Manchester United by being the only county team to win a Premier Section game on day two.
Dennis McElhatton’s boys edged out Queen of the South in Portrush after a double blast from Matthew Clarke was added to by Coalan McAleer.
South Coast Bayern grabbed their first win of the tournament with a 3-1 success against County Antrim. Thomas Robinson was on target for Antrim.
Elsewhere it was a fruitless day for the County sides with Londonderry losing 3-1 to Shamrock Rovers, while Cherry Orchard defeated Armagh 2-0.