By Damian Dolan.
There was no one more relieved inside Ruislip on May 26 when referee Padraig O’Sullivan blew for full-time, than London forward Padraig McGoldrick.
For the Sligo native, things didn’t quite go the way he might have dreamt when he drifted off the sleep the night before, dreaming perhaps of scoring the winning point against the county with who he won a Junior All Ireland in 2010.
McGoldrick, who made his London debut in Paul Coggins’ first game in charge in February 2011, first saw his 31st minute penalty saved by Sligo goalkeeper Philip Greene before then being sent off for a second yellow card offence.
“It didn’t quite go the way I wanted it to,” he said. “I didn’t see the full 20 minutes, I couldn’t look up. Every now and again I had to put the head down under the jersey. I couldn’t watch it.”
McGoldrick watched the rest of the game nervously from the dug out, hoping his teammates could hold out for the win. They didn’t let him down, and O’Sullivan’s final whistle unleashed a multitude of emotions within McGoldrick, who burst onto the field to join in the celebrations.
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