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O’Riordan: ‘Scoring in front of the Gresty Road End was the best feeling’

11 March 2023

Connor O’Riordan could hardly wipe the smile off his face after Crewe Alexandra’s thrilling fightback success under the lights on Friday.

The homegrown defender backheeled an 88th minute equaliser to send Crewe fans wild in the Rhino Safety Stand.

And Dan Agyei grabbed a dramatic 90th minute winner, to make it seven games unbeaten for Lee Bell’s side.

O’Riordan, 19, said: “The ball was bouncing around in the box, I had my back to goal and I thought that (a backheel) was the only way I could attempt to score.

“I’m just buzzing it paid off. It was an unbelievable feeling - one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life to score in front of a packed Gresty Road End.

“Then, it was a great strike from Nev (Elliott Nevitt) and Dan just did what he does, and finished it off. It was amazing after that. 

“It was the best game I’ve ever played in! It was unbelievable, and some feeling when we scored the winner.

“It had been a blow to go 3-2 down, it was really sore. But we came back brilliantly as a team, and we showed the spirit we have got.”

Agyei got the first Crewe goal from the penalty spot to cancel out Louis Barry’s Salford opener, and Joel Tabiner’s first career strike – a stunning long-range chip – put Crewe 2-1 ahead.

Callum Hendry made it 2-2 before the break, and Stephen Mallan made it 3-2 to the visitors with just five minutes left.

O’Riordan added: “Salford are a really good side and it is a big win for us, so we have to take it into Tuesday night. Hopefully we can get three points at Stevenage as well.”

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