Football: Schmeichel passed fit

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PETER SCHMEICHEL was yesterday passed fit to play in goal for Manchester United in the FA Cup final, after missing the last two league games of the season with an ankle injury. The Danish international missed the Coca-Cola Cup final because of suspension.

'I have watched the last 20 FA Cup finals on television, either at home in Denmark or here in England,' he said. 'But now I'm actually going to take part in one and it's such a great thrill.'

There were few thrills for Birmingham City over the past year and the players are continuing to pay for the club's relegation to the Second Division. Their manager, Barry Fry, yesterday added the club's leading scorer last season, Paul Peschisolido, to the 12 players he had already put on the transfer list. The Canadian international, rated by the club at about pounds 250,000, scored 10 goals in 23 starts, but his appearances were restricted by injury problems.

A crowd of 42,630 packed Lansdowne Road, Dublin, last night to watch a testimonial match for Kevin Moran, the Blackburn Rovers and Republic of Ireland defender. Moran, who has won 70 caps, scored from the penalty spot as he led the Republic of Ireland's World Cup squad to a 5-1 victory over a Premier League XI including Alan Shearer, Gary McAllister and Andy Cole.