Jack Byrne scored a remarkable goal from the tightest of angles as Shamrock Rovers beat defending champions Dundalk 4-0, ending the Lilywhites two-year unbeaten run at home.
The midfielder gave Stephen Kenny, who watched from the stands, food for thought as he prepares to announce the Ireland squad on Tuesday for next month’s Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia.
When the sides first met this season, at Tallaght Stadium, Jordan Flores’ stunning volley go viral and looked to have sewn up the goal of the season competition.
He may now have some competition as Byrne produced a moment of genius in the final moments as, running away from goal, he rounded Aaron McCarey.
How about this for a sensational finish from Jack Byrne in front of the watching Stephen Kenny! pic.twitter.com/8Gt46qfSJY— Extratime.com (@ExtratimeNews) September 27, 2020
The angle looked far too narrow to shoot and most players who would have checked back but Byrne, without glancing at the goal, shot first-time with his weaker foot.
So perfectly-placed was his shot that it merely glanced the near-side post on its way into the back of the net and to the astonishment of the small number allowed into Oriel Park.
Among that number were ten of the Dundalk line-up that started Thursday’s Europa League win over Sheriff – they were rested ahead of the play-off showdown with KÍ in four days’ time.
Byrne himself had opened the scoring late in the first half, bundling the ball home at the second attempt having scuffed his first shot.
David McMillan’s own goal made it 2-0 shortly afterwards as he diverted Liam Scales’ header into his own net before Aaron McEneff made it three from the penalty spot.