Joe Coll might be making a name for himself in the youth team at Old Trafford - but he reckons he’d love to have been in goal for his beloved Glenea United on Sunday.
The Meenlaragh native listened over the internet to Highland Radio’s coverage of Glenea’s Premier Division title play-off win over Gweedore Celtic and speaking afterwards, said he was over the moon for everyone involved.
“They’ve put a lot of work in and they deserved it in the end,” he said.
“It’s been a tough battle, I think the top of the table must have changed over a fair few times but I think in the end, they did deserve the win.”
The Glenea side is managed by Joe’s father, Tom Coll and his brothers, Sean and Donal also featured in the penalty shoot-out win. With one eye on Manchester United’s game at Sunderland, Joe listened in as the Glenea/Gweedore Celtic match went all the way to spot-kicks and he said he had a sneaking suspicion that Glenea’s keeper Sean McClafferty would save at least one.
“I would have probably put my money on him - he seemed to have a good game from what I heard. He saved one from Thomas Diver earlier in the season so I’m sure he felt confident before them,” he said.
Asked if he would have liked to have been in goal for his former club, Joe replied, “I would have loved it, it would have been something else. I think I was a little kid when they last won it when they got the three-in-a-row.”
He also admitted that he was more concerned that Glenea would be celebrating a title success come Sunday evening than United. “I might not be supposed to say it, I was more concerned about Glenea,” he said.
“I was listening on the internet and watching the game on TV. It was a bit hectic to be honest, but I had a bit of everything - trying to take everything on board wasn’t easy.
“I thought United had it in the end but that’s football. QPR had nothing to play for. Bolton needed to win so it was kind of insignicant to them (QPR) at the end.”
In the meantime, Joe says he’s now counting down the days until he gets back to Donegal once the season at United ends. He says it’s been an enjoyable season, although he’d liked to have got more game-time.
“It’s hard to get too many games. There are so many keepers here this season, it’s been hard. They try to get you as many games as they can but you’ve got to be patient and take your chance when it comes.”