Caolan Boyd-Munce is happiest he's been in football

Caolan Boyd-Munce is happiest he's been in football

Caolan Boyd-Munce says he's the happiest he's ever been in his football career. 

The midfielder scored his first Saints goal on Saturday, with his brilliant finish securing a 1-0 win against Motherwell and sealing the Buddies' place in the quarter-final of the Viaplay Cup.

And he beamed as he spoke about how much he's enjoying his football. 

It's comfortably the happiest I have been," he told

"It's a different type of football than I've been used to.

"I've come from other clubs in England where it's been constantly about being on the ball, playing through the thirds and here is different. I'm really enjoying it, more than I thought I would have."

Caolan's early first-half strike was his first in the black and white and just his second career goal.

He admits it was made all the sweeter as it secured a last-eight tie against Hibernian next month. 

It felt really nice but it was more satisfying that we held on for the win. The fact it was the winner was really satisfying.

"All I can remember is Mika (Mandron) hitting me and people screaming at me. It was some feeling as soon as it hit the net. When it left my foot I knew it was in. We could have and should have made it more comfortable.

"We knew after the Montrose game it wasn't us. But no one panicked. We just needed to do what we can do.

"I think the last six games you can see it starting to come but there's a lot more in the tank. We can be better at times on the ball, off the ball there are no questions. The work rate, the quality off the ball and defending is fantastic, but on the ball there is more to come."

The 23-year-old has had to be patient for his opportunity and an injury to captain Mark O'Hara has seen Caolan start both matches in the skipper's absence. 

While he wants to impress, he was keen to stress that it's difficult to replace what Mark brings to the team. 

I don't think anyone can really replace Mark because he brings so much leadership on the pitch.

"He's brilliant in the air, he's brilliant in the tackle, he was top goalscorer last season and he's a leader. I don't really think anyone can take his spot.

"I can only do my bit and between myself, Keanu, Mark, Flynny, Goga, we all have build a relationship and have to know how each other plays and what makes us tick. I feel like I'm doing it with all of them so once we're called upon we can only do what we can do."

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