CORK CITY'S man of the moment goalkeeper, Mark McNulty had to endure some torrid abuse from Dundalk supporters at the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium.
But the Ballincollig man had the last and longest laugh when he saved Michael Duffy’s spot-kick in Sunday’s shoot-out at the Dundalk end of the grounds.
And typical of City’s longest-serving player he saw the funny side of it.
“If I had the time, I’d probably have collected enough coins to open a bank account but I was in the middle of the shoot-out and that occupied my mind. They pelted me after we changed ends for the second half and, of course, the game was only on for two minutes and they started their chants against me and my character.
“But here listen, I thrive on that kind of stuff and its all good banter and craic from the away fans and it’s all part of the game.
"Having said that, I don’t see myself going on holiday up to Dundalk anytime soon,” jested ‘Nults’ at the team’s homecoming at SoHo bar the other night.
“I honestly didn’t feel any pressure on me before the game – not at all.
"I heard a few things. At the end of the day, I try to stay away from social media. Listen, what I said in Soho it’s banter between me and Cork City fans.
"I didn’t mean to offend any Dundalk players, or former players and obviously not Stephen Kenny. When the pressure is on him (Kenny), he bites. He felt the pressure because he bit straight away.
"Getting the grief from Dundalk fans, same as I always get from them, I loved it. I turned around at the end when we won, and I gave them a smile. That’s football,” added McNulty.
"If we lose, I’m the villain. I get the height of abuse from everyone. It couldn’t have worked out any better. To win a double in front of the Dundalk fans, who’ve given me such grief, was nice.
“I couldn’t believe that great save Gary Rogers made off the line, might have won it and I thought our chance had gone.
But to go 1-0 down, you’re thinking “is it our day or not?”
"Then we equalise and we might have gone on to win it in extra-time. Dundalk were playing for penalties at that stage,” said the super keeper.
“I’ve been here at the club since I was 17. I am 37 now.
"Not many medals for that time, three or four medals isn’t a lot. But 17 years it’s been worth it to win a double for Cork City,” he added.