Jordan Flores’ wonder strike against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night might not have helped his side to victory but it has created headlines all over the world.
The Dundalk midfielder scored an absolute worldie when he met Michael Duffy’s corner high on the volley to rifle an unstoppable effort past Alan Mannus to make it 1-1 in the 22nd minute of Friday’s game at Tallaght Stadium.
While Vinny Perth’s side would ultimately lose 3-2, the goal and the game proved a fantastic advertisement for the league. Indeed, at the time of writing it had been viewed around five million times on Twitter alone.
Even the FIFA account shared it, saying that it could be in the line for the coveted Puskas award.
The stunning strike also featured on Match of the Day and on the Late Late Show.
Sky Sports News called it a “wonder-volley” and have featured it on their Saturday bulletins.
“It’s the kind of volley Zinedine Zidane would have been proud of,” they said of the goal from the SSE Airtricity League.
The France Football website site named it “La folle reprise de volée” – “The crazy volley.”
The Sky Sports Soccer Saturday panel was also impressed with the bullet strike.
Former Celtic and Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas said: “It reminds me of [Robin] van Persie’s goal against Charlton [for Arsenal in 2006], it was that type of technique. What a strike!”
Paul Merson said: “Oh, that is unreal, that’s one of the best goals I’ve seen.”
Meanwhile, Spanish sports daily AS claimed that “The 2020 Puskas Award has just been ‘won’ by Dundalk’s Jordan Flores.”
The Sun newspaper in England also hailed the former Wigan and Blackpool midfielder’s strike, saying it “will be on end-of-season highlight reels across the globe.”
On social media, former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann described it as the “goal of the century, best I’ve ever seen.”