As far as football spectacles go you can’t ask for much more out of a game than what was served up between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City in last night’s semi final, but the gigantic cherry on top was Riley McGree’s wonder-goal.

There are a few moments in football that genuinely take the breath away, where you can’t help but stand in awe and wonder if what you’ve seen was actually real or not. McGree’s goal sure did though.

First of all let’s just address the few people who are going to poo poo this goal and write it off as a fluke, like City coach Warren Joyce.

“I think their first goal is fortunate to say the least,” said the City boss following the match, who would go on to repeat this sentiment at least three more times.

There is absolutely no denying that McGree meant to kick it in the way that he did and in the general direction it went – just ask Ernie Merrick.

“Riley has told me he’s been practising that for the last two or three weeks and it just came off for him,” Merrick said.

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Now that that’s settled, the thing that makes this goal so great is the game and moment in which it was scored.

The Jets were struggling to break City down and had spurned the few chances they had already created on goal before McGree so audaciously took matters into his own hands and scored the goal that lifted the players on the field and importantly the fans in the stands who carried the team home.

There have been calls already for the goal to win the FIFA Puskas Award for the most beautiful goal of the year and to be honest there’s probably no better contender for the prestigious award.

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It’s hard to believe that McGree is still only 19-years-old and has perhaps already reached the pinnacle of his career at least as far as single standout moments go.

Even more important than the goal however is the position it now puts the Jets in that it keeps the fairy-tale alive for a club that was so close to the brink of non-existence.

This means a whole lot to the people of Newcastle who especially on the sporting stage have really suffered of late. Now is their time to shine; to stand up and show what their team is made of. Just one more hurdle to go and this Jets side will be immortalised in the city forever more.

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Living and studying in Newcastle. Pretty obsessed with football. Newcastle Jets and Chelsea FC fan