Macclesfield Town shot-stopper Kieran O’Hara couldn’t hide his jubilation after Tuesday nig'hts historic victory over Walsall, as the Silkmen progressed to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup for the very first time.
O’Hara proved to be the deciding factor in the Second Round encounter, with the Manchester United loanee producing three fantastic penalty saves to send Macc fans into raptures - whilst also preserving our emphatic unbeaten record in penalty shoot-outs.
The Silkmen’s newest recruit couldn’t be any prouder of what he and the team have achieved.
“It feels so good!” said O’Hara,
“Penalty shoot-outs are difficult for goalkeepers, but when you save three in a shoot-out then obviously you’re going to be the hero.
“It’s just good to help the team into the next round.”
The 22-year-old was in impressive form throughout the ninety minutes and had already saved a penalty from Andy Cook prior to the penalty shoot-out, in spite of the rebound being scored.
“It was a tough game,” stated O’Hara.
“We’ve come here where they have a great set-up, they’re a top side and they’re flying in the league above us.
“It had been a difficult game and they’ve got some good players, but we’ve got some good players as well.
“We’ve dealt with everything they have thrown at us and managed to put some past them as well.”
Not only was O’Hara ecstatic about his own performance, but the goalkeeper was keen to praise the superb support that travelled to the Banks Stadium.
And O’Hara is excited as to what the future holds for Macclesfield and how he hopes he can help the team to progress.
“I know that the club is ambitious, and we want to push ourselves and try to reach as far as we can in any competition.
“It’s good for me to be able to come in and help them do that.
“The support tonight was outstanding, the fans really helped the lads and pushed them over the line.
“The boys really do appreciate all the support.”
The Silkmen had looked to be facing a painful cup exit, but Mark Yates’ side proved to be bold and courageous as they fought back to provide an enthralling climax, with the ever-present Danny Whitaker steering the ball home in the dying moments.
It was the ‘never say die attitude’ which has drawn a lot of optimism as Macclesfield look to kick on with their League Two campaign, starting with Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
“It’s that mentality that you never give up and you never know when you’re beaten,” claimed the Republic of Ireland U21 international, “I think a lot of the lads in the team have that mentality.
“It’s a massive credit to the boys for not giving up, throwing everything at them and going right to the final whistle.
“A good cup run is amazing for the boys confidence. We’ll look to get three points on the board come Saturday.
“We know it will be a difficult game but we all look forward to it!
By Jacquob Crooke