PÁdraig Amond displayed nerves of steel to score the penalty which sent his club, Newport County, through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a giant-killing display against Premier League opponents Leicester City on Sunday.
The Ballinabranna man never flinched as he calmly stepped up to send Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward the wrong way from the spot in the 85th minute of the game to clinch a 2-1 win. Writing in his weekly column in The Nationalist this week, Pádraig said he was confident as he stepped up to take the kick.
“I didn’t feel too much pressure taking the penalty to be honest. I felt more pressure taking a penalty a couple of weeks ago in the league against Forest Green Rovers, but I was relishing this moment.
“It’s the type of moment that you practice as a young lad in the back garden. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve imagined scoring the winning penalty in a big game and now I was getting the chance to do it for real.”
The win was the first for the club over top-flight opposition in the FA Cup since 1964 and comes 12 months after they gave Tottenham Hotspur a massive shock in the same competition. On that occasion Amond was again the goalscorer before Harry Kane equalised in the 82nd minute. Spurs went on to beat Newport in the replay at Wembley.
This time Amond and Newport County closed the deal and they now go forward to the next round determined to keep the magic of the cup alive.