Match of the day for Essex youngster

A DAVID Beckham fan has reached the height of schoolboy football glory – by scoring a goal within two seconds of kick-off.Ten-year-old Ryan Gooch opened play for his Great Bentley Primary team with a rocketing strike from the centre spot which sailed over opposing forwards, midfielders, defenders and, ultimately, the goalkeeper.

A DAVID Beckham fan has reached the height of schoolboy football glory - by scoring a goal within two seconds of kick-off.

Ten-year-old Ryan Gooch opened play for his Great Bentley Primary team with a rocketing strike from the centre spot which sailed over opposing forwards, midfielders, defenders and, ultimately, the goalkeeper.

The ball landed in the back of the net before most spectators even noticed that the game, which was held on a standard primary school 60 yard pitch, had started.

Captain Ryan rejoiced as he put his side ahead in record time during their Clacton Area Primary Schools Sports Association match against St Andrew's School at Weeley.


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The Year Six pupil, a keen Manchester United fan, went on to score yet another goal and ultimately see his team hammer the opposition 4-0.

Great Bentley deputy head Owain Richards who is also a Football Association qualified coach, said the idea had come about after an opposing team used the same technique, but with less spectacular consequences.

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"A school tried it against us, and our goalkeeper pushed it out. But straight away they got a corner.

"So now if the wind's in the right direction, I give Ryan a nod and he goes for it.

"I think everybody was surprised it went in. Especially their coach - it was a tight game, we were second in the league and they were third," Mr Richards said.

"He was actually refereeing the game. But he didn't say anything - except perhaps to himself," he added.

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