Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

I have no regrets, says ace Carson

Stephen Carson insisted that he had no regrets about staying on his feet when he could have won a first-half penalty that would have given Coleraine the chance to go 2-0 up in Saturday's Irish Cup final.

The winger sped past Kris Lindsay eight minutes after Paddy McLaughlin's opening goal, but Linfield's makeshift right-back got back in time to make a challenge.

He was, however, close to bringing Carson down and what might have happened after that may well have wrapped up the cup for the Bannsiders.

Carson is adamant that he did the right thing in staying on his feet and trying to create a chance.

"I didn't really think about going down," he said.

"I think I am a strong runner and it takes a lot to put me down.

"I haven't seen it on television so I don't know if I look stupid for not going down, but I squared it and on another day Jody Tolan would have scored, it would have been 2-0 and everyone would have been giving credit for the run and pass.

"We'll never know if it would have been a penalty anyway."

Some of Carson's team-mates thought he was too honest.

"I'm not the type to go down, but if I could have gone down to win us the cup I would have done it," added Carson.

"I like to think that I am honest, but I am not stupidly honest. I just think my momentum was taking me on and I was running strong. I didn't go down and that's that."