One of the big footballing upsets from the weekend's action was Newport County's dumping of Leeds United out of the third round of the FA Cup. A late header from Shawn McCoulskey saw Leeds exit the competition after Samuel Saiz was sent off for spitting. The Elland Road forward has today been banned for six matches as a result of the incident.
53 places separated the two sides in the English leagues, and speaking to Darren Frehill on Morning Ireland this morning, Carlow man and Newport striker Pádraig Amond spoke of his joy in overcoming the Championship side:
Listening back to it there put a massive smile on my face and obviously it was a brilliant, brilliant moment for us and we thoroughly deserved it on the day.
Amond went on to say how much an impact a good cup run could have on the League Two club's finances:
We can sign a couple of players that we couldn't have done before that could actually get us to the next level.
What a win today. Unbelievable effort from all the lads. In the hat for the next round and can’t ask for anymore than that. Man United ????
— Padraig Amond (@padraigamond21) January 7, 2018
The most interesting part of the interview was when Frehill asked Amond about how he celebrated the giant slaying. His response was a far cry from what you would think:
my mam and dad were over at the game so I dropped them to the airport back to Cardiff, they were flying home and then I went home and then back to the airport to pick up my fiancé who was home for a wedding. So I was doing the airport run last night.
A very modest way of commemorating what was a monumental result for the League Two minnows. It just goes to show that once you go down the English football leagues the glamour associated with being a professional footballer soon fades away.
Amond went onto say he was hoping for a draw boyhood club Manchester United and you wouldn't begrudge the club a money spinning tie against the Red Devils.
The draw for the next round of the FA Cup takes place this evening at 7:10pm.
You can listen to the full interview on Morning Ireland here. Amond's segment starts around the 01:40:00 mark.