Thursday 22 March 2018

Heffernans hit the right notes

Seventh heaven for brothers

John and Paul Heffernan were in seventh heaven this week.

John, a key man for WDFL Premier Division side Newtown United, notched four goals as the Magpies recorded a 5-1 win over Fairwood Celtic in their last 16 Wicklow Cup clash. Meanwhile, Paul, a professional footballer, nabbed a hat-trick as Kilmarnock ran out 0-3 winners over Hearts in the SPL.

Midfielder John showed that he has inherited some of his brother's goalscoring prowess as he found the net four times at the Matt Kelly Memorial Grounds on Sunday. He opened the scoring in the third minute and two further headers ensured that he had completed his hat-trick before the half time break.

He then kept his cool from the penalty spot early in the second half to add a fourth after being fouled in the area.

And Paul proved that sibling rivalry stretches beyond the usual as he bagged a treble for Kilmarnock. The last time Kilmarnock visited Hearts, former Celtic youngster Cillian Sheridan returned home with the match ball but on this occasion it was the former Doncaster Rovers ace adding to his collection.

The first of Paul's treble arrived in the first half when he stabbed home James Dayton's left-wing cross from a few yards.

Paul then registered his second on 64 minutes swivelled on the ball in the area and smacked his effort beyond the Hearts goalkeeper.

And Paul wasn't content to settle for a brace and he made it a three-goal haul late on when he converted from a rebound.

Speaking after the match, Heffernan spoke about and stood up for his art of being a striker. It was a productive day!', Paul exclaimed. 'Three points and three goals so I can't complain. Very happy, delighted.

'It's great to be amongst the goals, as a striker you always want to (score) because goals bring confidence.

'That's what strikers are in the team for. You've got to be there to finish the chances off and I think it was a combined (distance) of about 12 yards for all three goals but I don't mind that, a goal is a goal to me and I'm delighted if its half a yard out or 20 yards out, it's all the same to me.'

Wicklow People