Video: Alex Mowatt’s stunning strike ranked against Leeds United’s best ever distance goals

0
Have your say

Alex Mowatt’s long-range stunner decided Tuesday night’s game between Leeds United and Cardiff City.

It led to immediate talk about whether it was one of the better distance efforts goals scored by a Leeds player.

Alex Mowatt fires in his goal against Cardiff City.

Alex Mowatt fires in his goal against Cardiff City.

Mowatt himself said his first strike since April was “the best goal I’ve scored”.

However, Leeds have a long and storied history and there have been some exceptional goals scored from distance for the Whites.

We’ve ranked them for you below:

5. Ian Harte (versus Derby County)

Long-range stunners were an inherent part of Ian Harte’s game. The Irish defender was responsible for nearly every set-piece during his time at Elland Road, and it made sense - he had one of the sweetest left foots you will ever come across. That’s what makes his strike against Derby in the 1998/99 season particularly exceptional. He cut inside from the left wing onto his right boot before firing a beautiful strike into the top corner. You will not see many better weaker foot efforts.

4. Harry Kewell (versus Aston Villa)

It’s almost sacrilege at this point to include Harry Kewell in any Leeds United retrospectives, but it’s also too easy to forget that when he was at the club, he was an exceptional footballer. In fact, had he carried on the career trajectory of his early years at Elland Road, he could have been one of the world’s best. One of his finest moments came against Aston Villa. Although Leeds lost the match, Kewell’s strike from range was exceptional, from the sort of distance that players simply do not beat goalkeepers from. Even more brilliantly, there’s absolutely no reason to think that David James made any sort of mistake with the effort.

3. Alex Mowatt (versus Cardiff City)

Tuesday’s game against Cardiff was significant for many reasons, not least the fact that the Whites had not won at home since March. United had also not beaten their Welsh rivals for over 30 years. It was a tight clash, the sort that would inevitably be decided by a mistake or a moment of genius. It was the latter that Alex Mowatt provided, picking the ball up and firing a beautiful effort straight into the top corner. Mowatt has struggled so far this season, but it seemed like a goal to announce his arrival, just when Leeds needed him most.

2. Eddie Gray (versus Burnley)

His second goal in the game against Leeds’ Lancashire opposition may be more famous, but Eddie Gray’s first was a stunner that deserves more mention. It’s hard to understand exactly how he scored his chip, because the goalkeeper is not particularly far off his line. It is simply part one of a two part demonstration in football from one of the more exceptional players to pull on a white shirt. The accuracy and range of the shot is stunning, and it’s unfortunate for Gray that a certain Ghanaian came along twenty-five years later.

1: Tony Yeboah (versus Liverpool/Wimbledon)

They always say the second album is difficult, but if Liverpool was Please Please Me, Wimbledon was Tony Yeboah’s With The Beatles. Yeboah himself believes that the Liverpool strike was the better of the two, but it’s hard to separate the effort at Elland Road and the follow up, 33 days later, against Wimbledon. The strike at Selhurst Park won the goal of the season competition. In the space of a month, the Ghanaian with a traction engine for a foot twice demonstrated why Howard Wilkinson had signed him, permanently writing himself into Leeds United lore. Both goals are perfect, oddly symmetrical, and unlikely to ever be topped.

Chris Wood scoresa late in the first half to make reduce the deficit to 3-1 at home to Norwich last season. Picture: Varley.

Haven’t we met before? Previous Elland Road meetings between Leeds United and Norwich City