Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Goals I’ll never forget

Goals. We all love them. Maybe not so much when they go against you. With Saturday’s demolition still in mind, I thought I’d look back at a few goals I’ll probably never forget. I’d been meaning to blog for a while and after the weekend’s display, I (and most likely, all my fellow Bees) need cheering up! I’m not usually one for remembering goals, score lines and the like, so there must be something special about the following four that make them stick in the mind. I spent hours looking for copies of these goals online and didn't have much luck, which sort of spoils it a bit, but still...
The ‘was it intentional?’ goal

Sam Deering V Chesterfield (2 – 2)
Part of the circus that was Barnet Football Club saw the return of Martin Allen who began his reign of three games with a draw against Champions elect, Chesterfield. Super Sammy Deering scoring both to grab a well-earned point and win last campaign’s ‘goal of the season’ award. The second was an absolute beauty, although I’m still unsure whether he meant it or not – whipping the ball in from the right corner area and slotting into the far top corner with the Spireite’s keeper looking bewildered and off the pitch! I don’t think we’ve ever celebrated a draw so much…
The ‘dead-ball wonder’ goal
Jason Puncheon V Bradford (2 – 1)
A free kick from 35 yards out in the dying stages of this game early in the season saw us win our first match of the 07/08 campaign. With the score level and looking set to stay that way, man of the moment, Jason Puncheon stepped up to score a wonder goal. He had previously hit the bar from a similar position, with only five minutes remaining – so was undoubtedly going to step up again. It’s always great to win a game in added time, but with a goal so magical makes it all the more special. JP only ever scored amazing goals, and it’s no real surprise he’s getting his chance in the Premier League.
The ‘justice’ goal
Jake Hyde V Notts County (1 – 0)
Notts County, the most unpopular team in the league during the season. Munto finance took over, Sven was back (albeit, shortly) on the English football scene, and a team with Lee Hughes involved will always prove to be despised. Add to that Neal Bishop who left the Bees in somewhat negative circumstances and you’ve got a game on your hands. Jake Hyde started on the bench, but joined the action in the last minute, before the fourth official waved four minutes on the board. The saying ‘right place, right time’ couldn’t be more apt when Hydey pounced on a loose ball in the final seconds, wrapping up three points to put past Kasper Schmeichel. Oh, and if anyone remembers the words to his song – let me know! I only know the tune…
Sven watches on.
The ‘big stage’ goal
Dean Sinclair V Manchester United (4 – 1)
Yet again, ‘that’ night gets a mention! It may have ended up being a mere consolation in what began a disastrous evening for us – but the fact that we managed to score against Man United at Old Trafford will probably stay with me forever. Even more amazing when you see where the man in question, Dean Sinclair, is now playing – and well, the fact of the matter is, he isn’t! I still remember the goal as if it were yesterday – a pass from Grazioli after pressurising Gerard Pique, who slipped, allowing Deano to put the ball into an empty net, after rounding Tim Howard in the United goal. Again, although the writing was on the wall, the elation from the fans when we got the goal was something special – and definitely deserved for the effort the 10-men put in.

The day I'll never forget.

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