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Johnny Black's half-way goal hit was no one-off

By Stuart McKinley

The Irish League's latest Internet sensation, Johnny Black, has revealed that his stunning free-kick against Portadown last Saturday wasn't the first time he'd scored from inside his own half.

The Coleraine left-back followed in the footsteps of his former Glentoran team-mate Matty Burrows by hitting the net in more ways than one with his long-range chip over David Miskelly in the Bannsiders 4-3 win over the Ports.

As word of Black's amazing strike spread the BBC's footage of the game shot to the top of their website's list of most popular items viewed - but he still has someway to go to emulate Burrows, with one particular clip of his back-heeled volley, also against the Ports, in October last year, recording five million hits.

"I scored from the halfway line at Seaview last season when I was coming back from injury playing for Glentoran's reserve team, but the one on Saturday was further back and it was great to do it in a really important game and it was an important goal as it helped us get level after going behind early on," said Black.

"I only found out on Monday that it had been watched over half a million times on the BBC website and that was more than watched the videos of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah winning gold medals in the Athletics championships.

"Curtis Allen said after the game that he was ready to turn round and give me a bit of stick for shooting instead of passing. I guess I would have looked a bit silly if it hadn't gone in."

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