Glenavonâs double hat-trick hero Diarmuid OâCarroll is the IRN-BRU League Cup IRN Man winner for Round Two.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
GLENAVON'S double hat-trick hero Diarmuid O'Carroll is the IRN-BRU League Cup IRN Man winner for Round Two – an award designed by the competition's sponsor IRN-BRU to celebrate the heroes of the local game.
And that's exactly what O'Carroll has become after scoring the first double hat-trick for his club since Denis Guy in 1966.
It was a case of move over Messi at Mournview Park as the 24-year-old striker helped himself to six of the Lurgan side's 10 goals in the thrashing of Championship Two side Coagh United.
"I never dreamed I'd score six in one match and I've been buzzing ever since," admitted the popular Kerryman.
It's a far cry from 12-months ago when O'Carroll seriously considered packing the game in.
Following five years at Glasgow Celtic and caps for the Republic of Ireland at every level from youth to Under-21, his career suddenly hit the skids.
"Things had gone a bit pear-shaped over the past couple of years and I became sick of the game. I was ready to chuck it all in.
"My fiancee's brother is a Director of Glenavon and he persuaded me to go along to training. Even though we've been struggling a bit this season I've found that I've really got my hunger back."
At 24 Glenavon's goal-den boy still has time on his side. His contract with the Lurgan Blues is up for renewal at Christmas and you can bet his boss Marty Quinn will be anxious to persuade the goal-poacher to put pen to paper on a new deal.
And if ever he has a crisis of confidence again, Diarmuid can always glance at his IRN Man Award and remember that night in September when he proved that form is temporary, but class is permanent.