Morecambe’s game against Portsmouth was minutes away from becoming an unmemorable fixture.
Portsmouth led Morecambe one-nil thanks to Gareth Evans’s first-half goal. It was neither exciting or surprising, considering Pompey are chasing promotion from League Two while the Shrimps are languishing in mid-table.
But Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche tore up the boring script and wrote one of his own, scoring a header in the 93rd minute to ensure a dramatic finish.
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You can check out Roche’s brilliant header below.
Amazingly, there was a method to Roche’s madness.
He revealed in a interview with the BBC that in his previous few attempts at coming up for the corner he had occupied a different position in the six-yard box, without luck.
On Tuesday, though Roche stood on the penalty spot, lost his marker and glanced the ball beyond his counterpart Ryan Fulton.
Roche admitted that he simply closed his eyes and hoped for the best. However, we prefer to imagine that the 33-year-old knew exactly what he was doing and channeled his inner Alan Shearer to head home.
Morecambe’s Twitter account reacted with the expectant level of enthusiasm:
He had to wait 492 games, but at last Roche has joined the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Rogerio Ceni in becoming a goalkeeper to score.
You have to admire the pure bravery. Goalkeepers save goals, they don’t score them. Roche has joined a long list of chivalrous legends by refusing to follow the norm and getting on the scoresheet.
Bravo, Roche. Bravo.