Chorley skipper Andy Teague reckons a new Hollywood star has been born.
Adam Roscoe’s incredible overhead kick in the dying seconds of normal time on Saturday helped the Magpies draw level at 2-2 against Boston United in the Conference North play-off semi-final second leg.
The outrageous strike caught the attention of the national media, especially as Garry Flitcroft’s men went on to progress through to the final after a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Lincolnshire.
Teague admits he could not believe his eyes when he watched Roscoe’s acrobatic effort rocket into the top corner.
And the Chorley skipper believes the midfielder’s ‘fairytale’ goal would provide the perfect climax for a blockbuster movie.
“Hollywood scriptwriters could not have written it any better,” Teague said.
“It was an amazing goal. I could not believe it when it went in – I still can’t get my head around it even now.
“I am not sure how he did it, but all credit to Adam.
“It’s not just the fact of how good the goal was which makes it so special.
“If it had happened at any time during the game, it would still have been a great goal.
“But for it to be the last kick of the match – it’s just amazing.
“If that doesn’t go in, it’s game over for us.”
It is not the first time Roscoe has scored a bicycle kick in a play-off-semi-final.
Three years ago he scored a similar goal against Bradford Park Avenue, which helped Chorley reach the play-off final in the NPL Premier Division although ultimately they would go on to lose against FC United.
Teague said: “I remember he scored something similar against Bradford a few years ago, so we knew he had a goal like that in him.
“But for him to pull it off in the last minute in such an important game – it’s just amazing.”
Roscoe’s goal was the headline act of an incredible backs-to-the-wall performance by Chorley against the Pilgrims.
After the first leg had ended goalless at Victory Park, the Magpies found themselves 2-0 down in the second leg with just over half-a-hour left.
Dale Whitham pulled a goal back but it needed Roscoe’s last-ditch intervention to take the game into extra-time.
Incredibly, Roscoe was then sent off – and will miss the final – after picking up his second yellow card and Chorley had to play the final 10 minutes of added time a man down.
In the penalty shoot-out, goalkeeper Sam Ashton pulled off two stunning saves to keep his team’s hopes alive and then turned matchwinner by keeping out Rene Steer’s effort as the visitors prevailed 5-4 in the shoot-out.
The reward for their stunning victory is a final against Guiseley – conquerors of AFC Fylde in the other semi-final – at Victory Park tomorrow.
Teague knows he and his team-mates must complete the job against the Yorkshiremen else last weekend’s heroics will count for nothing
“In training this week, the lads have still been buzzing about the game last Saturday,” Teague said.
“But nothing has been done yet. We’ve got an important game against Guiseley on Saturday. The win over Boston will count for nothing if we don’t win. It’s just a shame that Adam’s going to miss it.
“I think he forgot he was already on a yellow when he made the tackle in extra time.”