Glentoran keeper Elliot Morris scores incredible 70-yard free-kick

Glentoran were helped to an important win over Institute thanks to an incredible 70-yard goal from keeper Elliot Morris in the Northern Ireland Football League Irish Premiership.

With just 10 minutes played, Morris lined up a free-kick midway inside his own half and proceeded to launch it over opposite number Martin Gallagher to open the scoring.

It was Morris’ first goal in 723 senior games as his side won 2-0 with a late Paul O’Neill goal sealing the points, but the 37-year-old insists the clean sheet was more important.

Morris said: ‘Its a bit surreal to tell you the truth. I’m more happy with the clean sheet if I’m brutally honest.

‘I said to the boys at half-time, I don’t care about the goal, lets get the clean sheet

‘Thankfully the boys defended excellently and we managed to grind out the result.’

Morris, who was previously on the books at West Brom before being released in 2002, insists he meant to have an effort on goal, to the shock of his team-mates. 

He added: ‘I looked up and I’d seen him on his 18-yard line and there was a bit of wind behind me. I basically put my foot through it and luckily it went in.

‘It was just one of those things, off the cuff, I went for it and thankfully it went in.

‘A few of the boys looked at me and asked “what are you doing?” and the next thing you know they are chasing after me, it was a bit surreal but it was good. 

I’ve  only had three (clean sheets) all season. 

It has been a tough season with a good start and things took a massive dive.

‘Today we got a positive result and hopefully it continues.’ 

The win means Glentoran are eighth in the 12-team league, while Institute are one place and five points ahead having played a game more. 

 

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