Match-winner Amond hails ‘ridiculous’ Shrimps victory

Padraig Amond celebrates after scoring a dramatic header to win the game for the Shrimps.
Padraig Amond celebrates after scoring a dramatic header to win the game for the Shrimps.

Morecambe match-winner Padraig Amond branded the Shrimps’ dramatic victory over Chesterfield “ridiculous”.

The Irishman headed in the home side’s fourth goal five minutes from time to seal a 4-3 victory despite being 3-0 down against the rampant league leaders after just 22 minutes.

The striker said: “It’s the weirdest game of football I’ve played in. It’s unbelievable.

“If you’d showed someone the first half of that game and asked them what they thought the result was going to be, the last thing they’re going to say is 4-3.

“It was just ridiculous.”

Amond believes it was crucial Jim Bentley’s side hit back so early in the second half. Kevin Ellison scoring just a minute after the break to pick up vital momentum after a dismal first period.

The former Accrington man said: “They were very good in the first half and we didn’t show up but when we got the goal at the start of the second half that just gave us a little bit of belief.

“We came out in the second half just to make sure we didn’t concede another goal but after the third I turned round and said: ‘we’re going to win this’.

“I don’t know whether I believed it myself but I said it anyway, and thankfully we got the winner at the end.

“It was just one of the best games of football I’ve been involved in.”

And grabbing the dramatic winner gave Amond one of the best feelings he’s ever had on a football field.

He said: “Jack Sampson’s put a great ball in and I’m basically lying on the ground heading it and it’s just slow motion with the ball trickling towards the goal and I’m just thinking, ‘please go over the line, don’t get your hand to it’ and thankfully it went in.

“Genuinely I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy scoring a goal in my life.

“We’d been 3-0 down at half-time, it was in the last couple of minutes and it was the winner.

“It was just brilliant, the fans were unbelievable in the second half. I just can’t put it into words.”

The result means the Shrimps are now seven games unbeaten and have moved up to sixth in League 2.

And Amond knows the run could have been even better.

He said: “The Dagenham result (a 2-2 draw thanks to a last-minute equaliser from Rhys Murphy) is a little bit disappointing looking back but do you take a win at Dagenham and a loss here?

“It could have gone either way.

“It’s been a great day and we’re on a great run of form.”