King’s Lynn 3 Poole Town 2: Who needs David Beckham when you’ve got Michael Clunan?

King's Lynn Town v Poole Town at The Walks. Sam Mulready curled home Lynn's winner. Picture: Ian Bur

King's Lynn Town v Poole Town at The Walks. Sam Mulready curled home Lynn's winner. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

He may not be able to bend it like Beckham, but Linnets midfielder Michael Clunan seems to have a canny knack of scoring goals like the former England and Manchester United midfielder.

Just a fortnight after scoring a wonder goal from 40 yards to clinch the points at Cirencester, the youngster repeated the feat with a similar strike against Poole.

After Monday's defeat to Kettering, Linnets manager Gary Setchell called on one of his players to find some magic for his side – and the ex-Norwich City Academy youngster certainly provided it.

The 21-year-old's latest stunner was probably further out than his howitzer in the west country two weeks ago.

Picking the ball up inside his own half, an eagle-eyed Clunan spotted Poole goalkeeper Hutchings well off his line and lobbed him Beckham-like from all of 50 yards.


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Clunan's latest contender for goal of the season came 12 minutes into the second period after Ryan Fryatt had fired the Linnets in front with his second goal in the space of five days midway through the first half.

'That's twice now,' said Clunan. 'I had quite a bit of room in the middle of the park, saw the goalkeeper off of his line and just went for it.

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'I don't think it was as good as the one I scored against Cirencester do you?

'I've tried that a few times in pre-season, and I don't think a couple of the lads were very happy when it hasn't come off, but when they go in everyone is ranting and raving.'

Clunan, who is loving life at Lynn, said: 'We haven't made the best of starts to the season so to get back to winning ways with three points at home was very important.

'We played a little bit like we did in pre-season today and knocked the ball around well. It was nice to put in a good performance and a lot of the lads were tremendous today.

'It's brilliant here, I feel like I've been here my whole life. I'm a local lad who came to watch Lynn play as a youngster, so to be here playing in front of a big crowd, who have been good to me over the last few weeks, is great.'

Saturday's winner from Sam Mulready was also something special after Poole had fought their way back to level matters after being two goals in arrears.

With the clock ticking down, Mulready cut inside the box from the right before unleashing a venomous strike past a helpless Hutchings.

It was the first time in many years that three Lynn born-and-bred players have managed to get on the scoresheet for the senior team in the same game – long may it continue.

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