August Goal of the Month

Can you believe one month of the 2018/19 Season has gone? August saw The Exiles earn a fantastic victory in the first round of the Carabao Cup but the side were unable to overcome higher-league opposition in the Second Round. Whilst in the League, County ended August with one loss, one draw, and three wins and were sitting 5th in the table.

Much like last Season, the month of August has provided County fans with a number of memorable goals.  The Exiles have racked up an impressive 10 goals in the first month giving supporters plenty to cheer but which was the best?

Voting for the August Goal of the Month Competition will take place on Twitter.

Your Choice of Goals for August...

Option One – Mark Harris vs Notts County

Mark Harris might have required a little luck to push his way through the Exeter City defence and score a late equaliser but his goal against Notts County was nothing short of excellent.

Having gone behind early to a Notts County team favoured for promotion, Newport County AFC showed fantastic character to score two goals in two minutes.  The second of these was placed with pin-point accuracy just inside the far post by the left boot of Harris.

Padraig Amond holds up the ball and drifts the ball into the path of Harris' run.  Harris is allowed to break into the box under no pressure and finish the move with a goal.


Option Two – Padraig Amond vs Cambridge United

Just two players – though we won’t name and shame them – weren’t involved in this goal.  It began with goalkeeper Nick Townsend rolling the ball out to defence and finished in the back of the Cambridge net.  Fourteen passes and nine players in all to score a goal which - according to Michael Flynn - Fraser Franks looks "like Franz Beckenbauer”.  An impressive team goal which summed up an impressive team performance away at the Abbey Stadium. 

“Newport County AFC or Barcelona” joked Soccer AM as they shared the goal with their followers.

Whilst Amond’s name was on the scoresheet, it’s a goal every single player can be proud of and take credit for (well, except two!).


Option Three - Antoine Semenyo vs Cambridge United

The match at the Abbey Stadium was all but over when Bristol City Loanee Antonie Semenyo scored his first professional goal.  Two quick-fire strikes from Padraig Amond in the first half and Jamille Matt's goal just after half time looked enough to secure County a place in the Carabao Cup Second Round but Semenyo wasn't satisfied with just three and in the 86th minute, he bagged his own well-taken and well-earned goal.

The eighteen-year-old displayed fantastic strength and desire (and no inconsiderable amount of skill) to force his way past the Cambridge defence and curl a wonderful shot past goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov to make the score 4-0.


Option Four - Matty Dolan vs Grimsby Town

There's always a chance when Matty Dolan stands over a free-kick.  He bagged two from a similar position against Carlisle last season and Rodney Parade reverts to a hush of expectation.  Matty's free-kick earlier in the game from further out had been some distance off-target but this time he made no mistake.

With the defence set, Dolan floated the ball over the wall and into the net.  The ball seemed to get up and down at an impossible angle leaving Grimsby 'keeper James McKeown stranded.