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TOP FIVE: Debut Goals

6 April 2020

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Club News

TOP FIVE: Debut Goals

6 April 2020

There are a few feelings in football better than scoring a goal, especially when it's your first for Newport County AFC.

However, that feeling grows when you open your account in spectacular style.

Well, plenty of County’s current crop bagged debut goals to remember, but whose strike do you prefer?


Mickey Demetriou v Crawley Town (April 1, 2017).

Demetriou has been a rock for County at the back since his arrival in 2017, but he has also gained a reputation for his thunderous strikes and he showcased that to grab the winner against Crawley. It may have been April Fool’s Day but it was no joke.

The defender intercepted a pass on the edge of the box and fired an unbeatable effort into the net to seal a 1-0 win and kick-start the Great Escape.


Mark O’Brien v Notts County (May 6, 2017).

O’Brien arrived at the same time as Demetriou and the two formed a strong partnership at the back as well as scoring pivotal goals in the Great Escape.

Demetriou’s strike may have started the run to safety but it all culminated with O’Brien’s late winner against Notts County in the dying seconds of the season.

David Pipe’s late cross was flicked to the path of O’Brien and the centre back controlled the ball with his chest before rifling it into the bottom corner to put his name in the history books.


Padraig Amond v Chesterfield (August 26, 2017).

Amond is the top scorer among the current squad and notched the first of his 50 goals on an impressive debut.

Having assisted Frank Nouble for his hat-trick goal, the two swapped roles with Nouble showcasing his trickery and power to set up Amond, who controlled it with his first touch, flicked it over Ian Evatt with his second before burying the ball in the bottom corner on the volley in the 4-1 triumph.


Ryan Haynes v Forest Green Rovers (August 31, 2019).

The perfect example of a modern full back, Haynes is dependable at the back and dangerous going forward and Forest Green Rovers fell victim to his left foot.

A quick free kick was taken by Robbie Willmott and Haynes took a few touches to get his angle right before unleashing a long-range effort that Lewis Thomas couldn’t keep out in a 2-0 victory earlier this season.


George Nurse v Carlisle United (October 5, 2019).

Nurse made himself known to the County faithful on only his second League Two appearance for the Club with a venomous strike against Carlisle at Rodney Parade.

The Bristol City loanee replaced Matty Dolan on 87 minutes and in the sixth minute of injury time let fly from 30 yards.

To his delight, and that of the home crowd, the ball flew into the top corner to seal a dramatic victory. Not a bad way to score your first professional goal.

Now it is time to cast your vote! Use the poll below to select your favorite debut goal, who deserves it the most?

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