As the ball left his boot and curled into the top corner, Colm Coveney could hardly have realised the wonder goal he had scored would garner international attention.
Six years after his strike sent Blackpool Celtic into the final of the Corinthians Cup, Coveney’s screamer is finally getting the attention it deserves — bagging his club a £10,000 (€12,700) prize.
Coveney’s left-foot effort from outside the box has been chosen as a runner-up in the Budweiser Dream Goal competition, and was the only Irish effort shortlisted by judges Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, and Ed Chamberlin.
The competition, run over the course of the English football season, sought footage of the best non-league goals scored, with entries shown during ad breaks during Premier League games.
Coveney’s goal, which can be seen on YouTube, is a worthy recipient of the prize.
A long ball from the Blackpool Celtic half reached the right wing where a teammate chests it into Coveney’s path. He then meets a defender and shows nimble footwork to cut inside before curling the ball beyond the keeper’s reach into the top-left corner.
It was one of two beauties Coveney bagged that day — his second an audacious long-distance lob that caught the keeper off his line. But his opener was the one the judges deemed worthy of a runner-up spot.
“I actually thought the second goal was better,” Coveney said yesterday.
A friend submitted his goal to the Sky Sports competition, and Coveney was unaware of being in with a chance until tagged in a post about it on Facebook.
Having only found out yesterday he was a runner-up, Coveney described the attention as surreal. “I only found out today, I was at work and when I checked my phone I had texts and missed calls,” he said.
Having injured his cruciate ligaments, Coveney is taking a hiatus from playing with Blackpool Celtic and is currently lining out for Voxpro in the Shipping League.
He hopes to return next season to the club he has played with for years.
The Dream Goal winner, 33-year-old Warren Byrne from Durham in England, had his goal shown on Sky Sports over the weekend and won £50,000 for his club, South Shields FC in South Tyneside.
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