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Last Updated: Monday, 9 January 2006, 09:28 GMT
NI goalie keeps soccer giants at bay
Saul dramatically saved Ritchie Jones' low strike
Saul dramatically saved Ritchie Jones' low strike
A Londonderry goalkeeper has been celebrating after helping a non-league side hold Manchester United to a draw in the third round of the FA Cup.

A last-minute save by Saul Deeney took Burton Albion through to a money-spinning play-off against the premiership giants at Old Trafford.

His family are now making plans to travel to the replay.

However Saul, who is from the Shantallow area of Derry, was modest about his achievements.

The 22-year-old, who is on a monthly contract, produced a string of fine saves, including two shots from Wayne Rooney.

Rose Deeney
Wayne Rooney, nor nobody else, will be able to stop us - we will be there to shout him on
Rose Deeney
Saul's mother

Saul said it was the best day of his life.

"When you look at that pitch it always gives you good hope," he said.

"We are used to playing on that pitch, and for the type of players they (Manchester United) have I don't think that is suitable.

"These lads all deserve credit."

There was jubilation in his family home in Shantallow, which he used to share with his mother, father, nine brothers and three sisters.

Burton skipper Darren Stride (right) and Chris Hall celebrate after drawing with Manchester United

Many of them were at Sunday's match to watch their brother play.

However, his mother Rose said all of the family would be going to the replay at Old Trafford on Wednesday 18 January.

"All of the Deeneys - the Deeney clan will be there to support him," she said.

"Wayne Rooney, nor nobody else, will be able to stop us - we will be there to shout him on."

United struggled on the heavy pitch, although Wayne Rooney twice forced saves from Saul after coming on as a substitute.

And in injury time, Saul dramatically saved Ritchie Jones' low strike.


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