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‘Best I’ve ever scored’ – Leyton Orient’s Paul Smyth stuns with goal of the season contender

Leyton Orient’s Paul Smyth stuns not just himself but thousands more with a goal of the season contender away at Doncaster Rovers.

The O’s forward scored an incredible bicycle kick in a 1-1 draw with footage of his goal doing the rounds on various social media sites.

A cross came in from the left, and the former Linfield man knocked the ball into the air with his left foot before unleashing an unstoppable right-foot mis-air kick into the net, catching everyone off guard.

The goal had the club’s official Twitter account wrote: “OH MY GOODNESS. THAT IS SENSATIONAL!!! Rob Hunt’s cross finds Smyth in the box, and the ball sits up for him before he unleashes an unbelievable backwards facing scissor kick past Mitchell! I actually can’t believe my eyes.”

The account added: “It was actually greeted by a standing ovation from the home fans. That is how good that was.”

The goal on Saturday was Smyth’s fifth in 14 appearances this season across all competitions, with all five coming in League Two.

He currently has three international caps for Northern Ireland, and netted on his debut against South Korea back in 2018.

Leyton Orient head coach Richie Wellens considered the result as a case of two points lost after his side’s draw.

“You have to credit them second half, they lifted the intensity a little bit,” Wellens told the club website.

“And then we just resorted to playing the same way they did.

“It could’ve gone either way, they could’ve won it at the end.

“It’s two points dropped because of the domination of the first half, but we need to be better.

“Even in the first half, we need to play through lines a little bit more, we need to get our attacking players in better areas more often and then obviously get more shots and crosses into the box.”

“They just came out with a little bit more intensity, every time the ball went dead, they threw it in quickly, went a little bit gung-ho with the way they played,” added Wellens.

“You have to do that, with the negative atmosphere that was here today, you have to do something to change it around and we didn’t handle it well.

“But we kept putting things back in first time, parts of the second half were like watching a game of rugby, which some people might’ve enjoyed.

“We’ve got to be better. You have to give them a little bit of credit because they stuck in there, they dug in, but we should be taking three points.”

Captain Darren Pratley echoed the sentiments of Wellens with his own honest assessment, saying: “I think we’re seeing it as two points lost, especially after the first half.

“First half we played well, controlled the game, probably needed the second goal and then second half I think was a bit sloppy, made it into a bit of a scrap.

“Obviously their manager has had a go at them at half-time, they got booed off, and they came out and had a little fight.

“We played into their hands by going a bit longer and didn’t really have that much control, but still I think we had enough chances to win the game and see the game out, but we conceded a sloppy goal.”

Social media users reacted as Leyton Orient’s Paul Smyth stuns with his outrageous goal of the season contender…

@BrisbaneRdPaul: Player of the year so far for us! 🔥❤️

@EnnJason: Goal of the season. Right there. Take note @EFL

@AmazingBagMan1: Paul Smyths on fire and your defence is terrified 🎵🔥🔥🔥

@daisydog77: Great little player #qpr

@QPRPETER: What a beauty

@maljacqpr: @QPR What a player! 👊👊

@RoySlat04884995: Well taken goal

@ChrisPa08376625: He can very easily play in the championship. As an orient fan you just know this season will be his last with us. But let’s enjoy the true beauty of his goals until he leaves

@Jamieeeebro: If you don’t get goal of the month for that then I will get so depressed

@ChrisPa08376625: Gets me every time the Doncaster fans also clap the goal. i mean heck if you had just seen goal of the season why would u not .

@Charlie86903648: Announce lifetime contract

@Nichols1390: You will outdo yourself again before the end of the season 😄

@mulgrew22: Well done wee man. 👏👏

@ALLYPIP2: As a Linfield fan – delighted to see you doing so well Paul. Fabulous goal!

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