Having already missed a penalty in the game, Michael Hopkins said he had no qualms about taking a second and was delighted his strike secured Swindon Supermarine’s place in the next round of the FA trophy.
Hopkins had previously hit the post with his first penalty and, after Dorchester had staged a late, late comeback, was given another chance to score from the spot when Conor McDonagh was fouled inside the box on 91 minutes.
The Supermarine full-back praised the run and skill of McDonagh to win the penalty and admitted fellow penalty taker Brad Hooper had already insisted he should take another if they were awarded one.
“Brad (Hooper) had already said at half-time that I had to take the next one if we got another,” revealed Hopkins. “I’m pleased to get the goal and get the result for the team and we move onto the next round.
“The second goal was a strange one, it is deflating at that stage of the game. The ball has come out to me and I’ve just clipped one over the top and Conor (McDonagh) is so good at getting his body in the way and leaning on the defender and when Conor gets in those positions he’s always going to have a chance to score or get fouled.”
Goals from Pierce Mitchell and Jamie Edge gave Marine a commanding 2-0 lead against Dorchester but a crazy 15-minute spell saw the visitors haul themselves level on 90 minutes.
Fortunately for Supermarine, they snatched victory at the death when Conor McDonagh was fouled in the box and Michael Hopkins fired home the winner on 91 minutes.
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Interview by Your Sport’s Nick Taylor.