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Video: Coleraine defender Johhny Black scores Matty Burrows-style wonder goal

The Irish League has only gone and done it again!

Less than a year since Matty Burrows’ wonder-goal stunned audiences worldwide, another player has popped up with a strike that is rapidly going global on the internet.

Coleraine defender Johnny Black netted from inside his own half in the Bannsiders’ 4-3 victory over Portadown on Saturday and, within hours of the final whistle, footage of the strike had gone viral with the BBC website reporting it as their most viewed video over the weekend.

It was only last October that Burrows famously backheel-volleyed Glentoran to an injury-time triumph against the Ports with a strike that was shortlisted for the prestigious Ballon d'Or Puskas Goal of the Year Award and earned Burrows a seat at Fifa’s glitzy awards bash alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wesley Sneijder.

By amazing coincidence, it was Black who delivered the pass for that memorable, mesmeric finish but now he’s enjoying the adulation of being centre stage all on his own.

“To be fair, it was a bit of a rubbish cross and Matty did the magic so I can’t really take any credit,” he admitted “But it’s nice to have scored one myself this time.”

Carling Premiership fans are well aware of Black’s prowess with his trusty left peg thanks to a series of powerful strikes throughout his short career.

On Saturday, though, the 23-year-old topped the lot with an outrageous free-kick that bore breathtaking similarity to the 2009/10 Premier League Goal of the Season by Wigan Athletic’s Maynor Figueroa (below) against Stoke City — and he says he knew it was goalbound from the moment he made contact.

“I saw the Portadown goalkeeper lining his defence up as though he was expecting me to deliver it into the box and I knew that, if I caught it right, I could have him scrambling to get across,” he said. “As soon as I hit it, I had no doubt it was going in.

“A few of my team mates were actually giving me stick for shooting while the ball was in the air but I could see where it was headed.

“It’s nice to score any sort of goal and to get a memorable one like that is all the better but the most important thing was that we got three points because we hadn’t won a match this season before Saturday’s game.”

As Irish League fans — those of a Coleraine persuasion in particular, of course — get themselves all worked up over yet another audacious goal from the local scene, there’s one man who’s unlikely to join in with their eulogising.

Spare a thought for Ports goalkeeper David Miskelly — the beaten man for both Burrows’ AND Black’s smashers and whose sole contribution to the worldwide internet coverage generated by both has been to pick the ball out of the back of his net.

“Football has a habit of throwing up things like that,” added Black.

“Sometimes things go for you and sometimes they go against you; it’s just unfortunate for David that he was the goalkeeper both times.

“I’m sure he never thought he’d end up going through all this again after Matty’s backheel.

“Having said that, I’m not in a rush to apologise to him or anything.

“It’s not every day you score a goal like that and I’m just happy it worked out for me.”

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