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City boost for Cunningham

MANCHESTER CITY boss Roberto Mancini handed Galway lad Greg Cunningham a vote of confidence - and an early birthday present - when he gave Cunningham his first team debut in City's 4-2 FA Cup win over Scunthorpe United yesterday.

City rested a number of players for the game at Scunthorpe, including Ireland No 1 Shay Given. ,That led to a debut as a half-time sub for ex-Mervue United player Cunningham, who celebrates his 19th birthday next Sunday.