As Soccer America Daily noted when they posted this video, soccer defenders don't usually pass the ball back to their goalkeeper from midfield. So you can't blame keeper Tom Woodhead for being a bit surprised when teammate Steven Gardner launched a ball toward his own net from 40 yards away early in the second half of a Northern Premier League match in Manchester, England.
Gardner, who plays for Frickley Athletic, was battling for possession just inside the midfield stripe, when he elected to clear the ball from danger.
Woodhead was well out of the goal, however, and the ball sailed over his head before one-hopping into the net, starting FC United of Manchester on its way to a 3-0 win last Saturday.
The Northern Premier League is at the seventh level of England's national league soccer system.
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