The Weekend That Was – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May
Manchester United Win The FA Cup
Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Manchester United (AET)
Jesse Lingard struck an extra-time winner as 10-man Manchester United won the FA Cup for the first time in 12 years with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley.
In a repeat of the 1990 final, Jason Puncheon’s strike put Palace to within 12 minutes of a maiden FA Cup triumph but Juan Mata levelled three minutes later to force extra time.
Chris Smalling’s dismissal for two bookable offences at the end of the first added period swung the game in Palace’s favour but, with penalties looming, Lingard’s rasping drive won the trophy for United in stunning fashion.
It’s a result that eases some of the pressure on under-fire United boss Louis van Gaal, who brings the first trophy to Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
England 2 – 1 Turkey
Strikers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scored to give England a 2-1 friendly win over Turkey at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Kane gave England the lead after three minutes with a calm finish from 12 yards, despite being played the ball in an offside position, before Hakan Calhanoglu equalised from close range 10 minutes later.
Kane missed a penalty with 20 minutes remaining, seeing his spot kick clip the post and go wide after Vardy had been brought down, but Vardy got the winner himself with seven minutes remaining from close range.
England 298 – 91 and 119 Sri Lanka
The first Investec Test match of the summer lasted just three days as England outclassed Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Alastair Cook’s side romped to victory by an innings and 88 runs with Jonny Bairstow hitting a first Test century on home soil and James Anderson taking 10-45 in the match, as an inexperienced Sri Lanka batting line up struggled in bowler-friendly conditions.
Scotland produced a series of fine performances to claim a first World Series victory in the London Sevens at Twickenham.
Dougie Fife scored a try, his second of the game, after the hooter to give the Scots a 27-26 win over South Africa and cap a day that also included wins over England and the United States.
Scotland started the tournament ranked a lowly 11th but stunned hosts England 17-0 in a one-sided quarter-final, with their tries coming from Damien Hoyland, James Fleming and Mark Robertson.
Rory McIlroy Wins The Irish Open
Rory McIlroy conjured up two magical strikes of the highest quality as he held off a valiant challenge from Russell Knox to claim the Irish Open title at the K Club. McIlroy delighted his legion of adoring home fans with a remarkable sequence of shots over the final three holes to turn a one-stroke deficit into a three-shot victory, closing out his first win of the year with an eagle at the 72nd hole.
David Haye Beats Arnold GJergjaj
David Haye took less than two rounds to stop Arnold Gjergjaj in his latest straightforward success at The O2.
The two-weight world champion put his visitor down once in the first and twice in the second before the referee stepped in with 24 seconds still left in the second round.