Carlton forward Michael Gibbons scored two stellar goals in the first half of tonight’s shock with Collingwood and the second could be in contention for the goal of the year 2021.
The 25-year-old notched his first goal after receiving Marc Murphy’s footy in the right front pocket midway through the opening quarter, before selling Darcy Moore candy and piercing a banana through the MCG sticks.
Gibbons hangs a gem
But Gibbons got past those feats midway through the second term when he recovered the Sherrin just inside the limit in the front right pocket and dribbled a goal from an extremely tight angle.
“First competitor, Michael Gibbons!” Fox Footy commentator James Brayshaw said the silky blue marked his second home goal.
“Those are two of the best goals this onscreen man will ever hit. First quarter banana on the outside of the shoe and this quarter the dribbler on the pitch a la Pele / Daicos.”
Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon praised the two halftime goals.
“Two of the all-time guys have been beaten by a guy,” said Lyon.
“Let’s hit that on the table now.
“It was full of class. It could have surpassed him in the end.”
Former Brisbane Lions champion Jonathan Brown has said Gibbons’ six-point pair will be hard to pass in the goal of the year race.
But No.40’s second goal was not free from controversy as the ball could have been considered out of bounds – dubious as it was.
“There are Collingwood supporters all around us saying, ‘Give me a spell. It was almost as out of bounds as another famous (goal) “…” Lyon said as Fox Footy broadcast footage of Wayne Harmes’ controversial goal in the 1979 VFL Grand Final.
Star Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams then scored a sparkling goal early in the third quarter, dipping over the foot just inside the limit in the front left pocket.
The goal was sent to the CRA because the referees on the field, after scoring a goal, could not be sure that it had not grazed a post.
But the goal stuck because there wasn’t enough evidence to overthrow him.
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