Cork City midfielder Gearoid Morrissey grabbed all the headlines on Saturday morning following the Leesiders’ hard-fought 4-3 victory over Finn Harps in Ballybofey.
With his side trailing as the half-time whistle loomed, the ball fell to Morrissey on the edge of the Harps area.
The 27-year-old took the ball down with his first touch, flicked it past the onrushing defender with his second touch, and unleashed a rasping volley from 20 yards out with his third, sending the away end into ecstasy.
Oh Gearoid Morrissey… Stick the fry on and savour this outrageous goal from the @CorkCityFC man against @FinnHarpss last night which helped John Caulfield's men to edge a seven-goal thriller. Stunning #RTEsoccer pic.twitter.com/fiGOkBKDGT
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) March 9, 2019
But what was going through the midfielder’s mind as the ball fell to him, with his side 2-1 down and the wind and rain howling around Ballybofey?
“It was just pure reaction stuff,” Morrissey told Pundit Arena.
“The ball just comes over my head like so I could do nothing but control it and thankfully I did.
“Then one of their defenders tries to come out to me after I’ve taken my first touch and the ball is still in the air so I took another touch back towards the direction he was coming from and pushed it passed him.
“It just sat up lovely for a volley and from there I just tried to keep it down and hope it went in and thankfully it did.”
Morrissey’s goal revitalised Cork going into the second half as they scored twice more, including another scorcher from the midfielder, to pick up their second win of the season.
The strike, which has proven to be a viral sensation throughout much of Saturday, Morrissey explained, was understandably the best goal he has scored in his career.
“Yeah, that would be my favourite goal I’ve ever scored now, to be honest. I tend to have a lot of shots from outside the box and hope they go in but Friday’s strike was a bit above that so I’m happy about it.”
Thanks for all the messages lads nice to get amongst the goals ⚽️⚽️main thing is the 3points making this journey home all the better . FairPlay to the traveling fans 👏🏻 #CCFC84
— Gearóid Morrissey (@Gearoid_M) March 8, 2019
The midfielder though, outlined that when the ball first left his foot, his initial thought was that he’d failed to keep it under the crossbar.
“For a second I thought it was over the bar,” laughed Morrissey.
“The minute I hit it I was thinking ‘Aw that’s just gone over’ and then I see it dip and I see Ciaran Gallagher the goalkeeper go for it and I was going ‘wait that must be going in, he wouldn’t be going for it if it wasn’t going in’ and then it dropped and to be honest I was just happy it went in.”
Unsurprisingly Morrissey has been the centre of attention since the moment the ball rifled passed Gallagher into the Harps net.
He outlined that his phone has been “hopping” all day with people messaging and congratulating him over what will surely be a front-runner in the goal of the season stakes come the end of the season.
“My phone has been absolutely blowing up, we got back at five in the morning and there was a bit going on on the phone then I went to sleep for a bit and I had my phone on charge this morning and the thing was hopping.
“I was going ‘what is going on,’ it’s amazing what happens when you score a goal like that.”