Local amateur footballer Jordyn Sheerin pulled himself out of his sickbed to provide a masterclass in scoring as his FIVE second-half goals secured victory for a Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur FA (LEAFA) select side.
The Heriot Vale striker had been suffering from a sickness bug in the lead up to the match last Sunday, and there had been doubts cast over him even making the match squad after missing a training session ahead of the inter-association fixture.
But, the former East Fife and East Stirlingshire frontman made a miraculous recovery to get himself on the substitutes’ bench before being introduced at half-time. What followed was astonishing, the striker bagging all of his side’s goals to secure a 5-1 victory – and in full view of a watching Scotland national select committee.
Sheerin has since been included in a Scotland Amateur Football select chosen to face a Scotland Amateur Football League side this weekend – and he is relishing the prospect.
He said: “It will be a great honour to represent my country, if I am selected. I can’t wait to get started.”
On his performance in Sunday’s match, the modest striker said: “I think my overall performance was okay after my initial start. I was delighted to have scored five goals. However, I had a few more chances which I didn’t take and I would have liked to.”
Scotland National manager Bruce McNaught wasn’t in attendance on Sunday but received glowing reports on Sheerin from members of the select committee.
He said: “To score five goals in any match is a tremendous feat, but to do it at select level in 45 minutes is outstanding.”
Despite his non-attendance on Sunday, McNaught has seen enough of Sheerin already to be confident that the striker can cut the mustard at national level. He continued: “I was through watching a Heriot Vale game recently and I was very impressed with him. I thought he and striker partner Alan Sheriff (also in Scotland select squad) linked up very well. I’m looking forward to working with him this weekend.”
Scotland follow up Sunday’s match with further games against Airdrie, Motherwell, Queen’s Park and Pollok early next year, before their first international match in April against Ireland.