Watch: Sligo Rovers striker celebrates late winner by mimicking necking a pint following John Sheridan's 'pub league' comments

Wed, Aug 19 2020

Rónán Coughlan (left) gestures as if drinking a pint following Sheridan's weekend comments. Credit: Liam Coughlan (ETPhotos)

Sligo Rovers striker Rónán Coughlan mimicked drinking a pint as he celebrated Sligo Rovers’ last-minute winner in their ‘pub league’ encounter with Waterford.

Alex Cooper’s wonderfully-struck free kick in injury time completed a remarkable turnaround for the Bit o’ Red after they’d fallen behind to Michael O’Connor’s early opener.

Coughlan’s third goal of the season levelled things up 13 minutes from time but it was the elation from Cooper’s last-gasp winner that prompted the Limerick man’s elated gesture.

Former Ireland international Sheridan made headlines at the weekend when he reportedly referred to the League of Ireland as a ‘pub league’ in a spat with Dundalk boss Vinny Perth.

Perth said Sheridan, who represented Ireland at USA ’94, taunted him about ‘getting the sack’ following the sides’ 2-2 draw on Friday before branding the league ‘a shambles.’

But the 55-year-old came up against another ex-international in Liam Buckley in a twice-re-arranged game on Tuesday evening, however, and was stunned by his side’s late collapse.

And former Cork City and Huddersfield Town striker Coughlan took no little pleasure in rubbing it in when Cooper’s free kick flew into the net as he gestured necking a pint.

“I don't expect John Sheridan to respect me but I do expect him to respect the league, I care too much about it,” Tallaght man Perth told journalists on Friday evening.

“He came after me to say 'what's your problem' and I said, ‘I think you have disrespected our league’.

“He went off, said 'who are you, you're getting the sack?' We have to be better and I care too much about the league. He said the league is a shambles, a pub league.

“He may have one up on me, he may have one up on me for the next few weeks and may take the high ground, but you've got to have a bit of class about you.

“This league means too much to people like me, it's a good league, full of quality, and that behaviour is not good enough.

“He can take the high ground and good luck to him but it's not a pub league, not a shambles."