Exclusive: Semi-final goal was "landmark moment" for Cahill

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TIM Cahill admits he still "gets goosebumps" thinking about scoring the winning goal for Millwall in their FA Cup semi-final against Sunderland nine years ago.

And on the eve of the Lions' last-four tie with Wigan at Wembley, the former Den hero has urged the club's current squad to seize the day as they attempt to join the class of 2004 in the history books.

"The team should enjoy and cherish the moment," Cahill told NewsAtDen. "They should think of the sacrifices they have made to the fans, their families, coaches and themselves to get where they are.



"They are there because they have earned it – not because they have been lucky. They should leave everything on the pitch and give their all for their teammates when they cross the white line.

"They have a chance of beating Wigan – of course they do – but they need to be disciplined, patient and very compact. Wigan have great quality throughout their team."

Cahill believes his goal at Old Trafford – and the iconic celebrations that followed it – was a landmark moment in his career and helped make him the player he is today for the New York Red Bulls.



"It is up there with my best because of what it meant to everyone," he said. "Fans and players work their whole lives for moments like that. It was a reward for all of our efforts.

"It was a special moment that none of us will ever forget. Life is all about opportunities and that was one I took and will www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/diuretics.html cherish forever with the Millwall family."

The Australian international side-footed past goalkeeper Mart Poom after Paul Ifill's shot had been parried into his path before famously running the length of the pitch in jubilation.

Cahill recalled: "The first thought in my head was to make sure I got a good contact on the ball but it felt like it took a lifetime to hit the back of the net. It gives me goosebumps just talking about it.

"I remember taking my top off and running like Forrest Gump past all of the Sunderland fans until I got to the Millwall end. My dad and brother were sitting there and I hugged them both after.

"It will always be a landmark moment in my career."

The 33-year-old, who signed for Everton two months after the 3-0 final defeat to Manchester United, says his special bond with Millwall fans made his time in South London so enjoyable.

"I know what it's like to do things the hard way and in that way I think the fans could relate to me as a person, not a footballer," Cahill said.

"I was fortunate enough to have a very personal relationship with the fans and I understood what it meant to wear the badge. My experiences at the club helped shape my career.

"The fans taught me a lot and their passion is on a different level – that's something that I have tried to take with me every time I step onto the pitch. I'll never forget them."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Exclusive: Semi-final goal was "landmark moment" for Cahill

  • April 12, 2013 at 08:52
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    Legend

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  • April 12, 2013 at 09:02
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    Aaarrhhhh, BISTO.
    Different gravy.

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  • April 12, 2013 at 09:29
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    Top player, could probably still do a good job for us.

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  • April 12, 2013 at 11:18
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    How we could do with him now in our midfield.

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  • April 12, 2013 at 15:38
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    One of if not the best player I have seen in a Millwall shirt for the last couple of decades.
    Oh and i still get goosebumps as well

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  • April 13, 2013 at 05:52
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    How refreshing to have a great servant do his time at a club he loves, give it his best shot to get the to the Prem, leave when the time is right and remain loved and respected.

    I always followed his progress at Everton, I love the little fella. That interview put a lump on my throat.

    Well done Tim. Too many Chris Wood type characters around now and not enough cut from Tim's cloth imo.

    £1.5m for him scandalous. Should have been £5m plus ALL DAY LONG!!!!

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