Dec 20 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
Mikey Devlin scored a wonder goal in Monday’s 3-1 Scottish Cup win over Dumbarton and said he’s just delighted his family were there to see it.
The 19-year-old from Motherwell picked up a loose ball from a cleared Martin Canning shot at least 20 yards out on the left wing in the 41st minute and curled an unstoppable shot over Stephen Grindlay into the top right corner – a memorable way to get his first Accies goal.
Devlin, who revealed that Canning shouted at him not to hit the shot from there, was going to run straight to his family in the Bet Butler Stadium stand, but feared that his team-mates would leave him on his own.
He said: “Luckily the ball broke for me and I hit it and it went in. As it broke I think big Canzo was shouting at me not to hit it from there, but it was one of those ones where as soon as it left my foot I thought it had a chance of going in and fortunately it did. It’s great to score a goal like that, and especially because it meant something to the club.
“You don’t plan to score goals like that so when it went in I got excited and I don’t really know what happened!
“I was going to run over to my mum and dad because they were in the stand with my brother, but I thought half the team might not follow me because it was such a long way, so I just stopped where I was!
“It was brilliant; my dad goes to all of the games so I’m glad he was there to see my first goal for Accies, and for the win as well. It was just a good night for the club.
“It was good to score, but it also gave us a cushion of another goal going into the second half, which I thought was really important and made it more comfortable for us.
“We could have scored another couple in the first half – Ali Crawford scored, but if Gary Fisher, Jon Routledge and Ali had taken their chances then that would have been four unbelievable goals.”
Mikey reckons he’s capable of going on a scoring run, but admits he’ll settle for getting back into the team for the Boxing Day clash at home to Airdrie United as Jonathan Page will come back from suspension.
He said: “I feel like I can score goals if I’m given the chance to play. It’s good to get the first one, so hopefully I can push on from here and score a few more – if I’m playing.
“I can only play as well as I can and if I’m in the team for the next game then brilliant, but the gaffer makes the decisions and whatever he goes with is just how it is.
“I can only play as well as I can and hopefully give him a problem, but Jonathan has come in and been great, particularly in the last three or four games. I can only hope I’ve done enough to play.
“It was just great to play on Monday night and if you can score goals like that then all the better.”