This is the own goal that has taken the internet by storm, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Thurrock FC defender Kamarl Duncan’s 45-yard own goal went viral last week, thanks in no small part to an assist by Storm Barney.
The bizarre strike came in Thurrock’s 1-1 draw at Romford in the Isthmian League Division One North last Tuesday (17 November) as the storm – only the second UK storm to be named by the Met Office – battered much of the country.
Barney will be long-remembered in Essex, having caused one of the most unlikely own goals you’ll ever see – a huge gust of wind blowing Duncan’s clearance back over his head before it bounced over the goalkeeper and into the net.
The video became an overnight sensation, cranking up over a million views on social media in less than 24 hours and making Duncan a reluctant celebrity.
“At first it was a bit embarrassing and my team-mates were giving me a bit of banter,” he told BBC Essex. “But I can see the funny side to it, honestly. At the time it wasn’t funny.”
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