WICKLOW lad Barry Corr admits he loves the FA Cup after he helped his Southend United side pull off one of the shocks of the third round, the fourth-tier outfit thumping four goals past a hapless Millwall – and Ireland's first-choice keeper David Forde.
Millwall had the vastly-experienced keeper in their side but it was Southend's three-strong Irish contingent of Corr, Michael Timlin and Conor Clifford who were celebrating a place in the next round and a meeting with Premier League side Hull City, Southend winning 4-1 on a dramatic day, Millwall boss Neil Harris labelling his side a "shambles".
But there was nothing shambolic about Southend with Corr scoring his first goal in six weeks, making it nine goals from his last 12 games in the FA Cup for the 28-year-old.
"It was a huge relief to score again and I'm not sure what it is about this competition," said Corr.
"My Dad is a huge fan of the FA Cup so that might have something to do with it and he came over from Ireland just to see the game so that also made it nice to get a goal and a good result.
"There's just something about the FA Cup because I've got a really good goalscoring record in it. I'm not really sure what it is, but I've always enjoyed this competition and it was great to get a goal against Millwall.
"It has been frustrating not scoring as many as I'd like but I was delighted to get one and I was pleased with it too.
"We played really well against Millwall and thoroughly deserved the win, we're all excited for the next round," added the much-travelled striker who had spells with Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Swindon and Exeter before he hooked up with Southend in 2010.
Saturday's dismissal of Millwall was one of the games of the third round, the final outcome delayed by a floodlight failure.
"I would have to say that's definitely the most eventful game I think I've ever been involved in," said Corr.
"With five goals, a red card, a floodlight failure, the wet weather and a League Two team beating a Championship side, I think it had a bit of everything.
"When the floodlights went off I feared the worst and thought my goal might end up not even counting," said the forward. "We were also in a great position to get a win so it was a big relief when the lights came back on and hopefully we can go on from here now and I can get a few more goals as well."
Corr, from Wicklow, was capped eight times at youth level while he was on the books at Leeds United but never went on to the U21 panel.