Wednesday 22 May 2019

Amond hoping drinks are on him

Pádraig Amond. Photo: Getty Images
Pádraig Amond. Photo: Getty Images

Newport striker Padraig Amond hopes the drinks are on him for a change as he attempts to add Manchester City to his list of FA Cup giant-killing victims. 

Amond is regularly toasted at his local bar in Carlow, where owner and best friend Edward Cahill has been left out of pocket through free drinks promotions on the 30-year-old scoring in the cup.

Amond scored against Tottenham last season and has netted in every round this term as Newport have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 1948/49 season.

"The two of us sat beside each other in class from infants and juniors right up to the sixth class," Amond said of his friendship with Cahill.

"They have a bar back home and, to drum up a little bit of interest, they've offered a free drink to customers when I've scored in the cup.

"They've paid out quite a few times but a lot of them are coming over for this game, so hopefully I can repay them with another goal."

Amond has spent his entire career in the lower leagues since starting out at Shamrock Rovers and Portuguese club Pacos de Ferreira.

Amond has scored over 100 goals in the English Football League but few better than the second in Newport's 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Middlesbrough.

"That's one of my best goals," said Amond, who executed a move straight off the training ground as he ran on to Robbie Willmott's corner before rifling a rising first-time shot into the top left-hand corner. 

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