An extraordinary passage of play during Barnet v Southend United from Bank Holiday Monday has everyone talking on social media.
The Shrimpers ended a run of five straight defeats with a victory at the Hive Stadium with an early penalty from Harry Cardwell and Jason Demetriou’s strike put the away side in control.
Ephron Mason-Clark missed from his penalty kick for Barnet before Adam Marriott got on the scoresheet in the second half for the hosts, but James Dunne’s late strike earned Southend all three points.
The visitors took a fifth-minute lead when Sam Dalby’s cross was handled in the box with Cardwell netting from the spot.
Demetriou then doubled Southend’s lead with a volley from close range after just 15 minutes.
Barnet had a great opportunity to to pull a goal back before the break when Kenny Clark conceded a penalty but Steve Arnold prevented Mason-Clark’s effort from going in.
Marriott made it 2-1 on the 62 minute but Barnet couldn’t get that equaliser and Dunne went on to get a third for Southend in stoppage time.
Footage of the moment was uploaded by a Freelance Sports broadcaster in Sydney on Twitter and it’s quite frankly the most fifth tier passage of play you’ll ever see.
Touch of quality from the Barnet v Southend game on Monday… 😆😆🤦♂️🤦♂️😆😆 pic.twitter.com/g6MoPeFnMO
— Robin Chipperfield (@sportchippers) April 20, 2022
The clip has gone on to be viewed over 500,000 times as well as getting over 14,000 likes within 24 hours of the content being published.
As mentioned, the extraordinary passage of play which came during Barnet v Southend has everyone talking…
@Duncan24041974: The polite view is that there’s a lot of good stuff played in the bowels of the football pyramid but comfortably, for traditionalists, Barnet and Southend here proving there is still a great deal of reliable old crap!
@AllAtSeaFanzine: Most 5th division passage of play I have seen all season. Shocking from both sides.
@Nigel_Hailstone: The striker on the left with his head in his hands because he didn’t square it. He was in an offside position, in front of him 😂
@DavidCallaghan: I love football.
@BrianDqpr: That finish reminds me of a few of my own efforts.
@chrisjaybee88: Didn’t expect the ending hahahahaha
@ShrimpersTalk: Passssss the ruddy ball!!!! 😂
@northfleetjoe: Don’t show this to Manchester United scouts otherwise they’ll be in the squad next year
@RunDaddyRun16: That is elite. Everything about that clip. That’s why we are massive
@ricey_essex: Unreal! He should’ve done better. Haven’t been impressed with him so far.
@JonHammondx: Fucking hell, that’s atrocious 😂😂
@DeanCornish1966: is it me, or is the funniest thing here that the striker runs like a cartoon character.
@pashasolecci: It’s like watching Brazil 👌
@MorganAttley: Some truly unbelievable soccer
@boatavelli: People who don’t watch football – this is exactly why we love football
@JJPalmer26: Phenomenal, what a fucking strike
@oafcMB: We will be the worst team in this league next season
@joshua_murfet: National League >
@DanielLaw99: And here’s me thinking the National League used to be challenging League 2 for quality 😅😂
@tom_omeara7: Fella beside him was offside yelling for the ball too 😂
@MDT117: Wtf was that?? My nan could’ve buried that or at least shot on target.
@JHamill17: Every week your watching Gillette soccer Saturday an wondering why your team isnt scoring for your 8 fold BTTS an this is what’s happening 🤣
@Flapper_Kirby: This was bad at the time but hadn’t taken into account the finish 🤦♂️
@Mabbstah: This is probably the worst football clip that I’ve ever seen
@Tony_Ryan1892: I’ve rewatched this a few times and can’t tell if he’s meant to slide a pass or shoot at the end? Diabolicaly shite
@brentwafc: Thats the harry enfield football sketch
@boropod_: Being a Stevenage fan can be dreadful, however…
@huds8118: Superbly shit all round 😂😂
@ReeceKilljoyN: Dagenham could never
@EJTaylor99: LONG LIVE THE VANARAMA
@CarlHorner: Love a bit of National league football. Here it is at its free flowing best!
Southend United boss Kevin Maher admitted he was ‘relieved and delighted’ following his side’s 3-1 win at Barnet.
“It’s a relief and I’m delighted with three points,” said Maher via Southend Echo News.
“I’m delighted for the fans too because the numbers they turned up in were incredible. I’m pleased for them we got the points after what’s been a disappointing period in truth. But they go can and have a couple of beers in the sun now and enjoy it.”
“To be fair he’s practised exactly what he did and it was a great penalty,” said Maher on Cardwell’s penalty.
“The keeper went the right way but he was never going to get anywhere near it because of the pace on it. I’m really pleased for Harry too because of his hard work and he deserves his goal.”
“Credit to Steve and Reece (Ottley) as well,” said Maher.
“They go through penalty takers and who goes where and they got it right again today.
“They’ve done it a few times this year and all credit to them.”
“It was brilliant to celebrate in front of the fans like that,” added Maher on Dunne scoring.
“Hopefully this gives the players a little bit more confidence to play with.”