When goalkeepers score: Adam Federici

“It was a good take. He had to get up off the floor quickly to finish, which is a skill he would have learnt in goalkeeping practice. I’ve seen him score for us before in a pre-season game at Bromley when he played outfield. He’s a good outfield player. All goalkeepers are frustrated centre-forwards anyway.” – Steve Coppell.

We love seeing goalies score goals, and happily we can now add Adam Federici’s name alongside Peter Schmeichel, Andres Palop, Paul Robinson and many many others.

Last Sunday at the Madejski Stadium, Reading looked to be doomed to just their second home defeat of the season after Michael Chopra, on loan from Sunderland, gave Cardiff an 89th minute lead with seemingly too little time on the clock for a comeback.

But with just seconds remaining as the game ran into the fifth minute of added-time, the Royals won a corner. And with nothing left to lose the Royals ordered their Australian goalie Adam Federici, deputising for the injured Marcus Hahnemann, into the box.

Stephen Hunt was responsible for the delivery, curling a lofty inswinging cross into the near post. Defender Michael Duberry managed to connect with a solid header only to see his effort cleared off the line. But the rebound fell kindly for keeper Federici, who was able to smash the ball past Peter Enckelman and send the crowd (and the mascot) wild.

See Adam Federici’s goal here.

(Apologies for the slight delay in bringing this to your attention.)