SHANE GRIFFIN and Kieran Sadlier have linked well on the Cork City left flank this season, but Carrigaline native Griffin broke new ground when he provided a headed assist from his own six-yard box last Friday night.
With St Patrick’s Athletic goalkeeper Tyson Farago up for a corner as the home side chased a late equaliser, it was Griffin’s clearance that allowed Sadlier to score a goal from 100 yards as a 3-1 victory was secured.
“When I heading it at the time, I didn’t think I’d be getting an assist!” he laughs.
“It was unbelievable from Sads, it’s crazy really, when you think about it.
"I couldn’t believe it myself until I’d seen it going in, I think actually Steven Beattie thought it wasn’t going to make it and he took off after it!
“He was never catching it but he tried anyway.”
This week, City face into a clash with Waterford, their first league meeting since the bad-tempered affair at the RSC in April which ended with four players and both managers ordered off.
Griffin doesn’t expect a hangover, though.
“We didn’t really speak much about it afterwards, we put it all to bed,” he says.
“We were more disappointed about the result and we focused on putting that right and moving on to the next game.
“From our point of view, it’s not really much of an issue for us.”
A bigger issue is the fact that City have had a clear run to prepare, with no Monday game this week.
“I think it is a big help,” Griffin says.
“When the games are coming fast like that and they’re so clustered, they can lose a bit of quality.
“I think having had a good week’s training and working on our shape and how we’re going to play on Friday night will be a good advantage to us, I think.”
The Pat’s win came four days after a 2-0 triumph at Limerick, six important points on the road as City try to keep pace with Dundalk.
“With our home form being so good, away from home sometimes we haven’t performed as well as we could and we haven’t got results,” Griffin says.
“To get two in five days like that is very good, Limerick is always a tough place to go and Pat’s have been in really good form.
“We want to keep Turner’s Cross a fortress and all the fans coming down to support us helps us massively, long may it continue.
“We’ve only conceded one goal at home, we take huge pride in clean sheets.”
And at the other end, does he feel that he should be getting on the scoresheet more?
“Maybe, yeah,” he says.
“I suppose assists more than goals, but I don’t see why not.
"I like to get forward a bit and I like to attack, so a goal or two wouldn’t be too much to ask for.”