Kudus: Falkirk birthday goal was on the cards

Birthday boy Kudus Oyenuga said he felt destined to find the net against Falkirk on Saturday after his partner told him he was sure to mark his big day with a goal,

The striker came off the bench to score a fantastic header and earn Morton a massive three points away at the side currently sat second in the Ladbrokes Championship.

Oyenuga’s other half, Grace Kemp, predicted he would kick-start his 24th birthday celebrations by netting in front of the BBC Alba cameras, and he was thrilled to fulfil her pre-match prediction.

Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net, Kudus beamed: “Obviously I was buzzing when it happened. It’s great to score on your birthday.

“You know what, my partner said to me before the game: ‘I think you’re going to score.’ I thought: ‘It is my birthday, I think I’ve got a goal in me today. I fancy myself to score.’

“I hadn’t scored in a while and I’ve had a few injury setbacks in the second half of the season, so I was glad to get on the scoresheet and help the boys. It was a great result.

“It’s always been tight games when we’ve played Falkirk so it was good to get the win. Did I go out and celebrate afterwards? One of my mates, Nat Wedderburn, plays for Dunfermline, and his Mrs is a really good cook.

“She said she would cook for us for my birthday, so after the game he picked me up and we went back to his and they cooked us a nice paella meal.

“I’ve got a little girl and she was excited to see me, so it was a nice quiet one, no big party. It was nice to just sit down with friends and family.”

Shot saved … Kudus was left praying Falkirk wouldn’t equalise after missing this late chance    © David Bell

The Englishman passed up a great opportunity to make it a birthday brace in stoppage time, and he admitted he was asking for divine intervention after failing to convert.

He added: “When I missed my chance and shanked it wide, I was like: ‘Flip sake!’ Then I was praying they wouldn’t score. I was like: ‘Please don’t score. Please don’t.’

“But the boys did really well. The midfield, the defence, and Gats [Derek Gaston] did amazing to keep us in the game with his save.

“I might have scored, but it’s a team sport and everyone contributes. It might have been me last week, but it will be someone else this Saturday or the following weekend.

“Football is all about looking forward. You can’t overly dwell on what’s happened in the past. So it was good to score but I’m back on it with my head focused for Dunfermline now.”

Images: David Bell