Shot-Shy Scribe Tells of His Fresh-Air Faux Pas

Red-faced Peter Sweeney last night broke his silence on his dramatic late howler against Erin Go Bragh at the weekend.

On Saturday day night the horrified hack failed to make contact with a simple effort in front of goal, when an easy tap-in would have won the game against the Division 8 pace-setters.

The home keeper made a smart stop from Johnny Conlon’s low effort and all Sweeney had to do was toe-poke home from the edge of the square.

Instead, the mortified media man took a fresh-air shot and missed the ball entirely.

It was moved up the field and Erin Go Bragh scored a goal to set them on the way to a two-point win that had seemed unlikely just a few minutes previously.

Manager Liam O’Hagan would have taken him straight off, but he only had 14 players available and one of those, Conor Fingleton, was involved in a brawl with the opposition manager and another, Denis Doolan, was giving the referee a piece of his mind at the time.

“I don’t know what to say,” muttered Sweeney sheepishly afterwards.

“In fairness, the lads were great about it and Ian Naughton was the first one up to me to offer words of consolation.”

Naughton is, of course, the only man in Ranelagh Gaels history to score against his own team. He noted: “It was one €50 million Fernando Torres would have been proud of.”

Sweeney (pictured above falling over, as usual) added: “That was the turning point in the game. That and the three goals we conceded in the last five minutes.

“Let that be a lesson to you kids – drinking isn’t big or clever.

“I have been celebrating ever since Dublin won the All-Ireland and I didn’t take the wise advice I was once offered – if you can see three balls in front of you, always aim for the middle one…”

5 Comment(s)

  1. Sweeney the wait staff in the restaurant here in sorrento bemused by the guffawing at our table. Hilario! Genuinely sorry we missed it!

    Caoimhe | Sep 24, 2011 @ 20:36 | Reply

  2. Morto Caoimhe, morto. Thanks for your support!

    Shame Faced | Sep 24, 2011 @ 21:37 | Reply

  3. There’s always next time, Pete! Well, maybe not if O’Hagan holds a grudge…

    Big Pat | Sep 24, 2011 @ 21:39 | Reply

  4. Using drink as the excuse. poor

    OG | Sep 25, 2011 @ 13:30 | Reply

  5. Stick to the day job Peadar – those who can, do; those who can’t, write! Jim Mc Guinness wouldn’t stand for that kinda craic at all at all!

    Lucky Escape | Sep 28, 2011 @ 22:48 | Reply

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