Regional United joint manager Shane O’Donoghue was clearly still trying to fathom his side’s heroic comeback in the FAI Junior Cup quarter final on Sunday.
Speaking a day after the dramatic comeback, the former Limerick FC player was still on a high. Sheriff YC were favourites for the competition and led 0-2 with four minutes to go in Dooradoyle.
However, a goal from Pat McDonagh restored hope before Sheriff goalkeeper Lee Murphy fouled Sosuke Kimura to hand Regional a last minute penalty which Kieran O’Connell duly converted.
In extra-time, Regional striker Willie Griffin was fouled in the box and the hosts were awarded their second penalty and O’Connell rounded off a superb comeback by coolly slotting home the spot-kick and Regional held out for a 3-2 win.
O’Donoghue tried to put the drama into words when speaking to Adrian Finnin.
“It was Roy of the Rovers stuff really. We were dead and buried really as you are 2-0 down against one of the most experienced and best junior sides in the country.
“It was an amazing set of events and just proves why soccer is a magnificent game. “
Shane speaks in more detail about the comeback as well as the semi-final meeting with local rivals Aisling Annacotty below.