Paul McVeigh popped up in the nick of time to grab a point for Finn Harps against Galway FC at Finn Park last Saturday night.
The Portsalon native was only on the pitch for three minutes when he swept home to give his side a 1-1 draw and keep them top of the SSE Airtricity League First Division.
It was McVeigh’s first goal for Harps since the 4-0 win at St Colman’s Park in the FAI Cup second round replay last August.
“I was lucky enough to get thrown on and the ball fell my way,” the 21-year-old said.
“We were disappointed not to have pushed on from there and got the winner but we’re still unbeaten so the draw wasn’t the worst result in the world.”
McVeigh’s goal and Harps’ draw means that Ollie Horgan has picked up eight points from his first four outings.
Twelve months ago, Peter Hutton’s Harps had amassed the exact same at this stage in the season before a mid-season meltdown.
McVeigh, like his current manager, prefers not to get too far ahead of himself.
“We’ve made a decent start and that’s it,” he said. “But we’ve been in this situation before, just last year and Harps have before my time. All we are interested in doing right now is working hard and just concentrate on the next game.”
McVeigh was given his chance under Horgan at Fanad United and after seizing the opportunity that came his way last week, could well start in Drumcondra.
Kevin McHugh has not featured since the opening weekend of the season due to a hamstring injury. Sean McCarron’s broken cheekbone means he’s out, as does Ruairí Keating with suspension.
Harps have a difficult month of April, with Friday’s trip to Tolka Park to precede trks to Longford Town and Waterford United. Wexford are the only visitors to Ballybofey this month.
“We’ve a few hard games coming up, starting with Shelbourne,” McVeigh added.
“It’s always difficult to go to Dublin and get a result against any team down there. It’s been the same every time I’ve been there, whether it be with youth sides of with Finn Harps. Shelbourne have match us so far so it’s going to be difficult.
“But we’re in decent enough form and are enjoying our football. That’s the main thing. When you’re doing that you look forward to games and it’s no different with Friday and Shelbourne.
“People can judge us at the end of the season to see where we are at. One thing we weren’t last year was consistent and we are trying to get that into our game more this season.”