You don’t expect Shane Long to score too often, let alone score the quickest goal in the history of Premier League. Watford was off to a lazy start expecting Southampton forwards to hang back and wait for their chance. But Long went after the ball straightaway and blocked defender Craig Cathacart’s clearance, followed by a dink shot over goalkeeper to score the quickest goal in Premier League history clocking at just 7.69 seconds.
Nothing is a lost cause. You just think it is, so you don’t even bother to try sometimes.
Shane Long scores fastest goal in premiership history
give up on nothing pic.twitter.com/H0JhN6bV35
— Analysis GAA (@gaa_analysis) April 23, 2019
The 32-year-old broke the 18-year-old record of Ledley King who scored the previous quickest goal in just 9.82 seconds for Spurs against Bradford City on December 9, 2000.
But it wasn’t meant to be a perfect game for the Irish footballer as Watford’s Andre Gray netted a late equalizer in the 90th minute.
The quick start was all part of the plan as Long revealed, “The manager said to make a quick start and put them under pressure. It’s a nice record to have.”
Long, surprised that he had broken an all-time Premier League record, said: “Ninety-nine times out of 100 you don’t block them clearances, but I did and took a touch across him. Ben is an amazing keeper, he spreads himself so well so I knew before the game that the dink was a good finish against him – and it came off. Every game we try to force them into a long pass early and show intent from the first ball, I blocked it and it fell nicely.”
Here are a few reactions to the magical goal:
My man Shane Long scored a Fifa kick off glitch. pic.twitter.com/eYW3xbE0Lr
— If Goals Were On Fifa (@IGWOF) April 23, 2019
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) April 23, 2019
Watford: “Let’s keep it tight for the first minute, no mistakes or anything silly lads”
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) April 23, 2019
I think I am having the weirdest dream. Not only has Shane Long scored after seven seconds but I just heard John Barnes say ‘shut up Southampton fans’ because they were interrupting him signing Rocket Man by Elton John on the pitch. And now he’s doing World in Motion…#SaintsFC
— Adam Leitch (@adamleitchsport) April 23, 2019
Shane Long doesn’t score often, but when he does, he finishes after just six seconds.
I can relate to that.
— Benjamin Wills (@_BenWills) April 23, 2019