Most people who watch the viral video of Weymouth goalkeeper Mark Travers scoring a last minute winner from a free kick in his own half might assume the goal was just an over hit punt up field that got caught by the wind and carried in. In short: a fluke.
The Bournemouth loanee has admitted he was “surprised” by the fairytale end to his debut for the Evo-Stik Southern League side – but has insisted the audacious effort was absolutely intentional.
“I had a look up first time and saw the goalkeeper on about his 18-yard box,” he told the Dorset Echo.
“I had another think about it and said ‘right I’ll give it a go’. I ended up hitting it quite well and it ended up going in, so I was pleased.”
The Republic of Ireland under-19 international explained the goal wasn’t a case of hit and hope, but a carefully considered effort based on his options:
“We had a free-kick and obviously it was 2-2 at the time. I just had a think about it and thought I’d have a go.
“I changed my body shape at the last minute and it ended up going in. I couldn’t really ask more than that!
“When it went in I was a bit surprised. Once it went in all the players went over and it was good to celebrate with them.”
“It’s not the first initial thought. But obviously it’s the first time I tried, maybe it could be the last!
“I had a look and it was on, it doesn’t happen in most games in most situations. I was just lucky the opportunity was there on Saturday.”
After showing his abilities on the field, he demonstrated his class off it by sparing a thought for Bishop Stortford keeper Nicky Eyre.
“Obviously if it happened to me it wouldn’t be the nicest,” he added. “I’m happy with it going in, but I’m sorry for the keeper as well.”
Yet more proof that goalkeepers have tekkers too!