By Damian Dolan.
All’s fair in love, war and football, and Padraig McGoldrick says he’s forgiven London manager Paul Coggins for substituting him against Leitrim a year ago, just moments after he’d netted a stunning goal.
Despite playing into the wind in the first half, Leitrim had opened up a three-point lead and Coggins had seen enough. A change needed to be made and just before half-time he summoned for ex-Donegal star Ciaran Bonner. But who to make way?
It seemed as if Lloyd Colfer would be the man, until he immediately pointed after Lorcan Mulvey’s effort had come back off the post. It was an opportunistic score which unbeknown to Colfer had saved him from the axe.
McGoldrick would instead make way, but not before he latched onto a long ball over the top and rifled it into the Leitrim net. It would be his last contribution as he was immediately called ashore.
“We got over it and it’s forgotten about. If the manager makes a decision, he makes a decision,” said McGoldrick. “He’s promised me if I score a goal against Sligo he won’t take me off – that’s the good news on that story.”
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