Football player scores while waiting for GK to lay the ball down

It’s been 30 years since Luton Town last played in English football’s top flight, and on Saturday the Hatters officially clinched their ticket to the EFL Championship play-offs. On the surface the way they managed to do it – a 1-0 win over Reading – isn’t all that impressive, but the mansion in which that goal came led to an unforgettable moment for the club’s supporters. .

Reading goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland held the ball in his hands during added time in the first half, inspected the pitch and, instead of sabotaging it on the pitch, noticed that no one was near him and ostensibly wanted to put him down and kill the rest. seconds into the half and go to the locker room tied at zero. What he didn’t notice – partly because he has no eyes in the back of his head – was Luton Town’s Harry Cornick standing behind him and waiting for him to drop his guard.

Once that happened, Cornick dived, took the ball and put it in the back of the net.

After the match, Cornick explained exactly how he made it happen, and more or less said he thought he might as well give it a try.

Let this be a lesson to all young athletes: sometimes shenanigans work.