Video: Liam Kelly scores Beckham-esque beauty from halfway for Ireland

Posted by Chris Wright

The Republic of Ireland's Under-19s secured themselves a place in the elite round of the UEFA U-19 Championships with a narrow victory over Sweden's younglings on Saturday, with promising Reading midfielder Liam Kelly coming on for the last seven minutes of the match and grabbing the only goal -- and a beauty it was too!

Minutes after coming on, Kelly picked up the ball on the half-way line and, with barely so much as a glance, launched a salvo from all of 55 yards that dipped over the Swedish keeper's noggin and under the crossbar...

Unsurprisingly, Kelly's Herculean long-ranger conjured up memories of a similar half-way howitzer for his Ireland manager, Paul Doolin.

"The goal was absolutely unbelievable and I instantly thought of David Beckham," Doolin told reporters. "Liam picked it up on the half-way line looked up and let fly. For a guy of his size he has great technique."

It's not like young Kelly doesn't have a bit of previous in the "long-range super strike" department either, with his corking free-kick for Reading U18 against Bolton a month or so ago also gaining a fair bit of viral traction at the time...

Not a bad habit to have, really.


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