Dubliner Michael Doyle put his goalkeeping heroics for Notts County down to a childhood playing for St Mark's in Tallaght after helping his side to a remarkable National League win on Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Sam Slocombe saw red and conceded a penalty 19 minutes into the Magpies' clash with Dagenham and Redbridge after a challenge a Darren McQueen.
Former, Coventry, Celtic and Sheffield United midfielder Doyle put on the gloves as Notts County had no back-up keeper on the bench. Paul McCallum hit the post from the spot, and Doyle proceeded to have the game of his life.
The 39-year-old was superb in a 3-1 win, with his team-mates comparing him to Manuel Neuer afterwards.
"I was thinking the older I got the further back [the pitch I'd go] - I didn't think I'd bloody end up in goal!" the once-capped Republic of Ireland international said.
"I played a lot of Gaelic when I was younger with my brothers in our local GAA club, St Mark's in Tallaght, where I grew up. I loved it. Thank God all the years of playing Gaelic came in handy. To be fair the lads in front of me were amazing. It was a joy to watch them in front of me with ten men, the way they played. All the credit goes to them.
"When Sam got sent off I didn't even realise we didn't have a keeper on the bench. I ran up to the gaffer and said, 'what are you thinking?' The gaffer said, 'look, you go in, organise the shape'.
"I walked behind the goal and [McCallum] just started laughing at me. I knew straight away he probably wasn't focused so I started having a laugh with him. At that stage, I was just thinking of Bruce Grobbelaar in the European Cup final in 1984 in Rome when he was dossing about. I thought, 'I’m going to have a bit of a doss, here'."
The peno was missed, the makeshift stopper excelled and now he's basking in the glow of the legend of 'Schmeichel Doyle'.
"The lads were calling me ‘The Monk’ out of Mean Machine at half-time, and then after, in the group chat, they were putting in pictures of Manuel Neuer with my head and that," he laughed.
"We’ve had a good bit of a laugh about it.
"I've a sore quad after all those bloody goal kicks. I was saying to them in the second half, ‘lads, play short, keep it short’, because my bloody leg was killing me!"
Six minutes of pure joy. pic.twitter.com/I83gI9rEpL— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) February 9, 2021