Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were among a host of Liam Miller's former team-mates who took part in a tribute match in his memory in Cork on Tuesday.
The late Republic of Ireland player's children led the teams out for the emotional occasion at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
A capacity crowd of 45,000 at the GAA ground watched a Manchester United team managed by Keane beat a Republic/Celtic select on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Cork native Miller died of cancer in February at the age 36.
The former Celtic, Manchester United, Sunderland and Hibernian midfielder won 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland President Michael D Higgins was formally introduced to the players before the game, which United led 2-1 at half-time thanks to goals from Denis Irwin, also from Cork, and former France international striker Louis Saha.
Robbie Keane, the Republic's record goalscorer and a fans' favourite during his spell at Celtic, pulled one back for the side managed by Martin O'Neill just before the break.
Nine minutes from time, Colin Healy became the second Cork native to get on the scoresheet. The former Ipswich Town and Sunderland striker was a childhood friend of Miller and is a current coach at Cork City.
Dion Dublin scored the winning penalty for United after both Keanes had their shoot-out spot-kicks saved.
Former Republic and United captain Keane had earlier earned the loudest cheer of the day when he brought himself on as a substitute in his home city after an hour.
The current assistant manager to O'Neill was pleased with the large turn-out from fans and players.
"It was a great day and nice to have a bit of drama at the end with the penalties," said Keane.
"The turn-out from the fans was fantastic and it was a fine tribute to Liam and his family.
"A lot of players have travelled over for the game, from both teams, and we are grateful for that.
"It was nice to get the boots on again and get out there for a kick-about with some of my old team-mates."
Tuesday's match, which featured other stars such as Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Damien Duff, was held to raise money for Miller's family and for charities.
Back in the summer, there was controversy after the GAA initially refused to make the 45,000-capacity stadium available for the tribute match.
However, this decision was later reversed following discussions between the GAA and the match organisers.
The original plan was to stage the game at Cork City Football Club's Turner's Cross stadium, which can only accommodate 7,500 spectators.
Manchester United select: Roy Keane (manager), Mike Phelan (assistant manager), Roy Carroll, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin, David May, Wes Brown, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha, Andrew Cole, Ryan Giggs, Kevin Pilkington, Alan Smith, Paul Scholes, Dion Dublin
Celtic/Republic of Ireland select: Martin O'Neill (manager), David Forde, Stephen Carr, Kevin Kilbane, Kenny Cunningham, Richard Dunne, Keith Andrews, Stephen McPhail, Andy Reid, Kevin Doyle, John Hartson, Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Ian Harte, Paul Lambert, Graham Kavanagh, Stilian Petrov
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