Chester FC: Jamie Menagh dedicates dramatic winner to supporters
Jamie Menagh dedicated his last-gasp winner against FC Halifax Town to the Chester FC fans.
At the end of every game the 20-year-old makes a point of showing his gratitude to the supporters and reckons football would be ‘rubbish’ without them.
Menagh replaced Craig Mahon on 87 minutes with the Blues leading 1-0 but provided an unintentional assist for the injury time equaliser.
Fax defender Mark Roberts hurled a throw-in into the box and Gareth Seddon hammered the ball away, but his clearance rebounded off Menagh and fell to James Bolton, who fired past John Danby.
Menagh said: “I remember the long throw coming in and Seds tried to smash the ball away so I turned my back but it hit me and then the lad has finished it really well.”
Sixty-seven seconds later and Menagh’s disappointment had evaporated as he netted the winning goal.
From the restart the Blues attacked and John Rooney tussled with Roberts as the ball bounced into the area.
Halifax hesitated, Menagh seized his chance and poked past keeper Matt Glennon before running towards the Harry McNally Terrace, where ecstatic fans swamped him.
“I was on the left when we kicked off and I started going up because Roon was fighting for the ball,” said Menagh.
“I’ve watched the game back and I started to slow down but then the ball went into the box and I saw the defender look at me.
“I thought he would clear it but he stood still so I put my foot down and lifted it past the keeper because he came sliding out.
“I thought I might get a chance and when the ball went in I just jumped into the crowd and it was a bit mad but the fans here are really decent and if it wasn’t for them then football would be rubbish.
“I’m always amazed at the support we get, especially away from home.”
Menagh was inundated with messages of congratulations after the game, which was shown live on BT Sport.
But he also copped some friendly stick from his mates back home in Liverpool for his haircut.
“I got it cut that morning and a few of them were calling me the Angry Kid because it was sticking up,” said Menagh, who shares his ginger hair with the animated character.
Menagh has now scored four times in seven appearances since joining the Blues from Prescot Cables.
He believes the dramatic win over Halifax has given the squad a huge lift heading into this weekend’s trip to Lincoln City.
“The dressing room was buzzing and that one goal makes a huge difference,” he said.