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Wayne Rooney’s brother John scores stunning goal from halfway line for Macclesfield

Wayne Rooney’s brother John scores a stunning goal from the halfway line for Macclesfield in a 1-1 draw against Basford United.

John Rooney produces the screamer from just inside his own half on Tuesday night to put the Silkmen ahead, with the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

The midfielder won possession inside his own half, took aim, and sent his long range effort towards goal, chipping the ball over the opponent’s keeper.

Macclesfield currently sit 5th (playoffs) in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, with 27 points from 16 games, while the leaders Radcliffe have 42 points from the same games played.

John replicated his brother Wayne, who had a reputation for wowing fans with his goals when playing for the likes of England, Man Utd, Everton, DC United and Derby, but one goal in-particular that still gets talked about about today is the one for the Toffees six years ago in a 4-0 win over West Ham.

He spotted Joe Hart off his goal line, the forward got on to the ball inside his own half and put it into the empty net from distance, completing a stunning hat-trick at Goodison Park.

Macclesfield boss Alex Bruce said after the 1-1 draw with Basford: “I think it’s a good sign that we’re all disappointed, really disappointed, I think we did enough just to win the game I think we’ve got to do better. don’t get me wrong. I was pleased with the second half performance in terms of how we were between the two yard box it was just that final third where we just lack that little bit of quality to to create a goal obviously John scored really good goal in the first half little bit genius from him, penalty decision, he scored a good goal as well in the first half that was given offside he was three yards on side we’ve seen the video which is poor if we score that early on in the game it’s a totally different game and they dropped deep they defended the box well In fairness to them frustrated the lads and unfortunately was couldn’t cut through them to get a goal

On the penalty decision whether it was a handball or not: “I think it’s a fair one I think his arms up um whether it hits his arm you can’t really see it’s so close and if it doesn’t hit his arm he’s he’s caught the fell with his arm as well so I’ve got no qualms with the penalty but I have about the offside call the first one because as I say he’s three yards on the side before he gets the ball and slides it across the box for us to tap it in so that was that was the frustrating one really

On if his side lacked a cutting edge particularly in midfield and going for forward: “I don’t think necessarily midfield I thought the distances between the midfield three were too big in the first half we we spoke about that at half time we closed the distances uh and I think we controlled the game in the middle of the pitch in the second half then we just found that a little bit of quality in the final third when we got there too often we hit the first man and didn’t make them work hard enough uh defending their box they cleared everything and uh unfortunately we just didn’t have that cutting edge which we’ll need to find

On if an element of discipline came into play: “No thought the lads would reasonably disciplined I thought they were fine it would have been easy to get a little bit angry and a little bit upset because some of the decisions were going against them but uh no I think discipline’s fine

Looking ahead to Alfreton game next up: “Yeah obviously uh I wasn’t here the last time you went um but the uh obviously we want to we want to go and do well we want to do well in in the in the fa uh trophy so it’s h it’s a big opportunity for the lads whether I freshen up I’m going to make my mind up about that in the next couple of days um put some fresh legs into the team give some Lads an opportunity that I’ve not seen yet um and we’ll see we’ll see what happens over the next couple of days”

This is how fans reacted after Wayne Rooney’s brother John scores a stunning goal from the halfway line for Macclesfield…

@Jonny_Mc06: Remember when we’d just signed him for the 2nd time and then he smacked one in from 50 yards against Hartlepool (a) and then we went on to lose that game incredibly comfortably? Those were the days.

@Supermillsie: So that’s 1 out of 1000 attempts 👏👏👏

@countyscarf: The lad likes hitting it from the halfway line doesn’t he!

@OfficialScottyT: John Rooney is so much better than the NPL

@silkmenarmy: This was something else tbf. Not the first time he’s scored from way downtown either? 👏 👏🔵⚪️

@Greeny_2608: I suppose when you try 100 times one them one is bound to go in eventually

@Joetkn3: one finally works for him 🤣 #oafc

@beaubrookes_: what a fucking goal ⚽️

@BDDunbar: Bloke who takes 1 ridiculous long range shot a game, finally scores 1 after 120+ games since he last scored one.

@loud_MM91: One out of 904 isn’t bad I suppose

@SimonPrenders19: Incredible. He should try that more often…


@aaronhow177: He tried it every match for Latics. Bound to get 1 in eventually

@Harry0AFC: Nice to see it’s finally come off for him, tried that halfway line shot about 12 times a game for us. Never worked. Couldn’t score from 12 yards

@leechambo11: Found his level at last

@CesarRo09326532: Great hit after winning back the ball by Rooney… but what was Preston doing so far out of his area 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

@oafc19: Couldn’t score a pen for us

@DamianReynold16: Causally does this every game

@Iukeoafc: He must’ve tried this 10+ times for us and never got it to work😂😂😂

Helps when you try it 5 times a game
Show the ones that end up by the corner flag #oafc

@BuddNigel: Great strike 💥

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