Watch: Sligo midfielder spanks one in from inside his own half

It probably shouldn’t have been allowed, but who the hell cares!


If you are going to take the lead in a game, you might as well do it in the best style possible and Sligo Rovers did just that on Saturday.

Sligo were taking on Limerick in a basement battle in the SSE Airtricity League and it was stunning piece of opportunism from Rovers midfielder Rhys McCabe that lit up the contest in the 58th minute.

After being fouled in midfield, McCabe was keen to get on with the game and took a quick look up, spotting Limerick goalkeeper Brendan Clarke off his line. The former Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday man then proceeded to lunch a scintillating 60-yard drive over the despairing Clarke’s head and into the net.

Of course, given the ball was rolling slightly when he hit it, McCabe’s goal probably should have been chalked off. But, only real sticklers for the rules and Limerick fans would want to see it disallowed.

The controversial strike helped Sligo to a 2-1 victory, which also hauled them out of the league’s relegation places at Limerick’s expense. Thankfully, RTÉ’s Soccer Republic programme have shared the goal online for us to enjoy and if you want to see it, you can watch it below thanks to them:


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