The second half started ten minutes ago, this Saturday at the Aube stadium, and Troyes leads 2-1 against Chambly. The Trojan striker Yoann Touzghar, left at the limit of the offside, goes alone towards the goal of Simon Pontdemé. Out to meet him, the doorman dives into his feet and steals the ball from him by using his arms, outside his surface. From the stands, Killian Le Roy, the usual third goalkeeper present because of the injury to the lining Xavier Pinoteau, immediately understands that his time has come.
“As soon as I saw the action, I took off my jacket and went downstairs to warm up a bit. I did not even see the red card, blows the young man of 22 years. I didn’t have time to think, to ask myself questions, I was swayed (sic). Vincent (Editor’s note: Planté, the goalkeeper coach who was pro in Caen or Saint-Etienne) told me to stay calm, that I was doing good things in training and that there was no reason that it goes wrong. I clapped Simon’s hand, as he was leaving, and I went … “
“My knees were shaking a bit, but it was good stress”
On the Trojan lawn, Killian Le Roy played his first 35 minutes in a professional match. A “dream” that he had never been able to fulfill, neither in Guingamp, his hometown where he was trained, nor in Saint-Etienne, where he evolved a year before joining Chambly in 2019. Obviously, he hadn’t imagined it would happen under such circumstances. “But it is a bad for a good, estimates the person concerned. When you know you are going to play, you risk making the game before in your head. There, there was a little adrenaline rush, my knees were a little shaking, but it was a good stress. It went very quickly. For a first, it’s probably better like that. “
Laurent Battles brings him … luck
Yet it is a large bath of ice water in which the entrants are immersed: led, reduced to ten, Chambly seems destined to suffer during this big last half hour. But Le Roy will have relatively few interventions to make, and his team will even afford the luxury of picking up the score thanks to Lassana Doucouré (2-2). “I am satisfied with my comeback, knowing that it was not easy, appreciates the Breton. The fact of not taking a goal makes it even more beautiful. I had a few air trips to negotiate, a little kicking too. And in the end, I’m saved by my bar. I told myself that things were turning in my direction … “
A reference to the ultimate opposing action, very close to hitting the mark. But, on this Saturday evening, the stars seemed aligned for Le Roy. As proof, another sign of fate marked his first for the pros. During his young career, he had already twice entered during the game. The second time, it was with the reserve of Saint-Etienne (N2), also following the expulsion of the holder of the post. The young Greens were then led by a certain Laurent Batlles, now a trainer in … Troyes. “At the end of the match, I went to see him and said: definitely, coach, you bring me luck, smiles the Camblysian. He laughed… “
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