Costly slip-up leads to 'worst free-kick ever'

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Hours can be wasted watching the best free-kicks on YouTube, from Cristiano Ronaldo to David Beckham, from Roberto Carlos to Juninho Pernambucano.

But, just as much fun can be watching the terrible efforts, the shanks, slips, mis-haps and just plain ugly free-kicks that blight the game - and unfortunately for Chelmsford City midfielder Sam Corcoran, his effort is one of the worst.

The non-league player was tasked with chipping a ball up and into the area. From 45 yards out, there appeared nothing to worry about.

But, as John Terry found out against Manchester United in the 2008 Champions League final, a slippery pitch can be a recipe for disaster.

As Corcoran stepped up to take the free-kick, he stumbled, slipped and nudged the ball forward, allowing a Hayes & Yeading player to steal in and play the ball forward.

A lightning fast counter attack caught the rest of Corcoran's Chelmsford teammates well up the pitch, and Hayes & Yeading clinically scored past a helpless Chelmsford keeper.

Corcoran was left slumped on the floor, head in hands, while his side went on to lose the match 3-0.

YouTube can be an unforgiving place. Corcoran's video has chalked up more than 35,000 views in less than 48 hours. The footage has 61 'likes' and just two 'dislikes'.

The Chelmsford City player has even featured in national newspapers like the Guardian and the Daily Mail, and his goal was played on the ITN News YouTube channel.

I'm sure Corcoran doesn't need reminding, but he's how it should be done...

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Sam Corcoran
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