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Penalty Hero Corcoran Pleased With Character

5 December 2018

Young goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was the penalty shoot-out hero at Deepdale in the FA Youth Cup as the U18s secured a place in the fourth round.

Corcoran stepped up to save two penalties after the sides couldn't be separated after 120 minutes, and the Irishman has praised the character of his teammates on the night.

Speaking to iFollow PNE after the win, the 16-year-old said: "It was very enjoyable, it's nice to get the win and what a way to win it as well with a penalty shoot-out.

"It's a case of if I save a penalty, I'm a hero, but if I don't save then I'm not. So it's important that I do all I can do to help the team out.

"Obviously it was two good saves, but I like to think I could have got to the first one as well, it just snuck in past my hand.

"It was a very, very tough game and I thought the lads just got through it brilliantly. They showed great character throughout the game, because when we missed a penalty as well, they showed great character to just get back up and go again."

On his own role on the night, Jimmy admitted it is a case of remaining focused for him, and making sure he is ready when called in to action.

"It was more mentally demanding for me, I have to stand off and think about what's going on in the game and it's important for me to keep focused as well as keep driving on the lads because they all obviously had a physical battle as well. As you could see, a lot of them were cramping up and they got through it eventually.

"In the second half I didn't have as many saves to make but it's important that I keep on talking to myself and keep myself focused in the game.

With PNE through to the fourth round for the third time in four season, the Republic of Ireland U17 international is hoping to get the chance to play at Deepdale once again in the next round.

"Hopefully we can get a good draw in the next round, hopefully here at Deepdale again, that would be brilliant. It was amazing to play at Deepdale, it was a really good experience and hopefully it's not the last time I get to play at Deepdale." 


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