Trevor Roll Backs the Years
Trevor Vaughan may not have known it, however, as he stood up to shoot Dundalk to three priceless points from the penalty spot against Athlone Town on Thursday night, he was taking a near four-year step back in time. Not since October 2004 had Dundalk been awarded a penalty at Oriel Park in the league, with their last spot-kick being converted by…Trevor Vaughan.
The 34-year-old hitman had only been on the pitch five minutes after replacing Tiarnán Mulvenna – who was forced off as he couldn’t breathe properly – when he was given the responsibility of firing Dundalk back into the title hunt. And, after netting his sixth goal of the season with another expert penalty, Vaughan admitted that he was just pleased to have secured the win. “It didn’t really matter where it came from,” he told dundalkfc.com after the final whistle, “but it’s always nice to score.
“I was just happy that we got the three points. To be honest, I thought he was giving a free against me. I was challenging your man and I think I put my hand up and hit him in the face or neck or something. I sort of went down, so I didn’t even see if he handled the ball. I heard the ref blowing and saw him pointing. He was pointing at me or beside me and I thought it was a free-kick against me. I couldn’t believe he was giving a penalty. But I wasn’t going to complain!
“It wasn’t a good performance again tonight. I thought we were poor again. I think they’re a poor side, like Limerick last week, but they’re always going to get an odd chance, and even at the end there, I thought they could easily have got a penalty. We should be doing better and we should be making more chances, but after the last two games and two defeats, we just needed a win tonight and it didn’t really matter how we got it.
“You’ll win games in the last minute and you’ll lose games in the last minute, and I think it evens itself out. We didn’t play anywhere near like we played down in Waterford, but sometimes it’s the result at the end of the day. At the end of the season, the table doesn’t paint postcards. It will just say three points tonight. This should get us back buzzing now. You’ll forget about how we played and it will all be about the result.”