Goalkeeper Tom King Scores Spectacular Direct Strike From His Own Goal Kick
Goalkeeper Tom King has scored a spectacular goal by booting the ball directly into the opposition net from his own goal kick.
The Newport County keeper gave his side the lead after just 12 minutes of their League Two game with Cheltenham in the most unusual circumstances.
King lashed the ball down field from inside his own six-yard box, where it seemed to pick up pace from the wind, before bouncing once and flying over the head of King's opposite number in the Cheltenham goal. Amazing.
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Newport County goalkeeper Tom King scored directly from his own enormous goal kick this evening to help his side draw with Cheltenham Town! pic.twitter.com/lEOz4VSi2i
Frankly, there's not much that Joshua Griffiths, unfortunately guarding Cheltenham's goal on this occasion, could even have done as the ball absolutely flew into the top corner of his net. Perfect placement.
Unsurprisingly, this is the first goal in the 25-year-old King's professional career.
The former England Under-17 international's reaction to his jaw-dropping, 100-yard strike is as yet unseen. His teammates certainly celebrate the goal - while Cheltenham's players have their heads in their hands in disbelief - but goalkeepers usually show solidarity with their opposite number by not celebrating scoring freak goals such as this.
That is, until we get to full-time and King claims he saw an opening and meant it all along. Which he almost certainly won't.
Still, that didn't stop fans on social media giving King due credit for his absolutely outlandish way of breaking the deadlock.
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"40 yards further than Beckham's effort," noted one football supporter.
"Imagine the dream team points if that was in the Premier League," speculated another.
There was also sympathy for the unlucky Griffiths as well. "Not sure Cheltenham's keeper can do much about that either TBF," pointed out one football fan.
At least Matty Blair's equaliser, just before half-time, restored things for Cheltenham who went into the break with the game poised at 1-1.
But we're guessing Blair's strike wasn't from quite as far out as King's monster.
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