Welling United's Joe Healy wins goal of the season award for wonder strike
PUBLISHED: 16:10 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:21 16 May 2014
Welling United's Joe Healy has scooped an award for his outrageous goal against Grimsby Town last season which has now gone viral on the internet.
The strike earned Healy the Huck Nets Goal of the Season award at The Non-League Paper’s National Game Awards award on Tuesday (13).
The all-important strike looked like earning United all three points from a side that had just booked their place in the FA Cup third round and were firmly in the play-off places.
Top scorer Ross Lafayette set up Kurtis Guthrie to cross from the right touchline, and ex-Fisher Athletic midfielder Healy was lurking in the middle just in front of the penalty spot.
The 27-year-old gave his marker a gentle nudge as the ball came in, controlled it on his chest, flicked it up with the big toe of his left foot as another defender looked to clear and, as he lost his balance falling away, lifted his right boot to execute a quite magnificent scissor-kick into the top corner of the net.
“To win goal of the season is fantastic,” Healy said. “You don’t really dream of scoring good goals but to have it recognised by people and recorded makes me very proud.
“I don’t remember too much really. I headed towards the box because the ball was out wide. It was a good delivery from Kurtis Guthrie. There were questions of a foul on their midfielder but to be honest I was just trying to bring the ball down in the box. It was a good first touch and the rest of the goal was made up for me.
“I was just as surprised as most people to see it go in.
Many of the 2,500 home fans inside Blundell Park sportingly applauded a brilliant piece of skill, although the gloss was taken off the night slightly for Healy with a late Grimsby equaliser.
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