By Damian Dolan.
Little did he know but Sean Kelly had the watching media drooling over themselves at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick on Shannon, when he landed a sublime point from the left hand side, when for all money nothing look to be on.
Moments earlier he’d similarly disappeared down a blind alley before swinging the boot, as he puts it, and stunning the home support into silence. In the end, it wasn’t quite enough to see the Exiles over the line – they would finish the job a week later at Dr Hyde Park – but it was a cameo appearance good enough to earn him no shortage of plaudits, and the label London’s ‘super sub’.
As an ambitious footballer, it’s understandably not a label Kelly wants to get stuck with, but he concedes that that point he conjured from an almost impossible position was just a little bit special.
“It was a serious point,” admits the Mayo native. “That’s probably the best point I’ve ever scored, just because of the situation of the game. It was quite far out, on the wrong side for a left footed kicker, but I didn’t see a whole pile on so I just went for it.
“Luckily enough myself, Padraig McGoldrick and Lloyd Colfer and had been practising them from that side in training the week before. It just happily worked out, but I don’t think the management would have been too impressed if it hadn’t gone over.”
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