Eddie Murray admits he was in the process of withdrawing Darren Waldron seconds before he scored a crucial goal for Dingle United in the FAI Junior Cup.
While Waldron was volleying home in brilliant first time fashion his manager was preparing to take him off.
The coach, team and supporters will be delighted Waldron didn’t get the hook as he leveled a tight and tense game and played a major part as his side eventually beat Donaghmede to reach the Open Draw for the first time since the early 80s.
“I was about to take him off!” admitted Murray to the AUL’s Facebook page directly after the match.
“Like the last round of the Leinster Junior he came up with a volley from a corner, smashing goal. There is only one Waldron left in the cup now the other one got knocked out with Sheriff, but thats the way it goes.”
Murray was pleased with the result, but in an honest appraisal said neither his side nor Donnycarney deserved to end up suffering defeat.
“It was a very even game neither team played much football in the first half. It settled down a bit in the second half, I thought it was fairly even all the way through. In fairness nobody deserved to lose, but someone has to go out and thankfully it wasn’t us.”
Considering Dingle are in the last 64 for the first time in over 30 years you would be forgiven for thinking they would be looking for the easiest draw possible to continue the run.
However, Murray is worried about who comes out next to Dingle United in the fifth round draw.
“Home draw or a trip down the country we don’t mind. The favourites are gone we will take anyone.”