THERE are can be few greater feelings than scoring a crucial goal in the FA Cup, as Haydock footballer Conor Coady can now testify.
The 20-year-old scored a vital equaliser for Sheffield United in the second half of their dramatic 3-1 defeat of Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Chris Porter scored twice in stoppage time to give the Blades the win.
And for Conor it is a memory which he will cherish for a long time.
“We were 1-0 down and the ball just kind of fell to me, so it might have been a bit lucky but that was my first goal at Bramhall Lane and it was right in front of the Kop. It was just a great feeling,” said the on-loan Liverpool FC youngster.
The former Rainford Rangers player, who made his senior Liverpool debut in November 2012, joined the League One club on loan last summer for the start of the season.
His loan period was extended to February 24, with Conor now having made more than 20 appearances for the Blades so far this season.
“This has been a great season for me, definitely.
“For my career this has been fantastic and Liverpool have stayed in constant touch with me so it’s going really well. I’m enjoying every minute of it,” he said.
Conor is an England international up to under-20s level and he led Peter Taylor’s England side in last year’s Under-20 World Cup.
The win set up a home quarter final for the Blades against either Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton, with the enticing prospect of a Steel City derby.
For Conor, who is waiting to learn whether his loan deal will be extended any further to enable him to feature in the next round, said playing in such a tie would be an exciting challenge.
“Of course that would be something I would like to be involved with,” he added.
“That would be a massive opportunity and a great game and event for the city of Sheffield to be involved in.”