A GOAL scored by Bromsgrove Sporting striker Jason Cowley against Corby Town on Saturday has been lauded as a potential winner of the FIFA Puskas Award.
And the forward said the reaction to the wonder strike had been ‘overwhelming’.
After receiving the ball 20 yards out, Corby back-heeled the ball over a Corby Town defender and then ran onto it himself before volleying it into the bottom-left corner.
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The goal has been viewed online more than half-a-million times on the BBC alone and has been likened by pundits to Paul Gascoigne’s memorable goal against Scotland in Euro 96.
Cowley said he could not believe his moment of magic had become so widespread.
“It has been mad, the reaction has been overwhelming.
“It’s been great publicity for myself and for the club, I still can’t believe how far the goal has made it on social media.”
It was great timing for Cowley as well – because it was international weekend, it was ‘Non-League Saturday’ and more than 1,500 fans in the Victoria Ground witnessed it.
The Rouslers’ striker said: “I do it normally in training, but usually I’m not positioned near the centre towards goal.
“As soon as I hit the volley, I knew it was in.”
Bromsgrove manager Brendan Kelly said he was not surprised to see Cowley execute the audacious effort.
“He’s an instinctive player that can control at pace, it doesn’t surprise me that he did it.
“It’s been seen in Brazil, in Spain, it’s crazy.
“It was the most crucial time to score as well before half-time, which was most important.”
Cowley’s team-mate Richard Gregory meanwhile, echoed the sentiments of the Rouslers’ boss.
“Jason’s goal was simply magical – to score a goal like that in any game is brilliant.
“But to do it in a big game made it that little bit more special.”
With former Scotland international Ally McCoist praising Cowley’s goal and calling it better than Gascoigne’s live on talkSPORT, the Bromsgrove player decided to echo the calls.
“He’s right – mine was better, 100 per cent.”