Qataris Aspire hammer Man Utd in Milk Cup Premier final

Ibrahima Drame's first-half hat-trick helped Qatari club Aspire hammer Manchester United 5-1 in Friday's Milk Cup Premier Final in Ballymena.

The Senegal native bagged a hat-trick by the 25th minute and Pabe Babacar added the fourth goal on 56.

Jack Barmby pulled a goal back for outclassed United before Souleyman Kone hit Aspire's fifth goal on 64.

Aspire's superb display was a fitting way to round off another superb Milk Cup tournament on the north coast.

The Middle Eastern club handed United a footballing lesson in what was the Old Trafford outfit's heaviest defeat in a Milk Cup decider since a 6-0 thrashing by Paraguay 10 years ago.

Frank Cedric tormented Manchester United left-back Gyliano Van Velzen as his runs and crosses set up Drame for the opening goals on seven minutes and 22.

Drame then completed his hat-trick on 25 with a superb glancing header over United's Donegal-born keeper Joseph Coll after an Innocent Shoja cross.

Cedric should have extended Aspire's lead after the break and United's first attempt on goal didn't come until Mats Daehli fired straight at keeper Ebenezer after 50 minutes.

Babacar struck Aspire's fourth goal on 56 and while Barmby pulled a goal back for United on the hour, Kone hit the Qatari club's fifth six minutes from time to emphasise their dominance.

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