Shane Long Scores Fastest Goal in the Premier League History

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the fastest goal in the Premier League history after just 7.69 seconds in Tuesday’s draw at Watford.

The Irish striker continued his transformation from a shot-shy workhorse into a prolific goalscorer after he put his team in front 8 seconds after the game had kicked off.

A pass was played back by Roberto Pereyra from the center-spot to central defender Craig Cathcart. Long, sensing the opportunity, charged to close down the space. Cathcart’s attempted clearance was perhaps a little too late as Long caught him on his heels and the ball rebounded behind the defender.

Long then sprinted to the ball and clipped it over a charging Ben Foster from just inside the penalty area.

His goal, officially timed at 7.69 seconds, ended a 19-year record held by Tottenham’s Ledley King.

Speaking after the match, Shane Long said:

The manager said to make a quick start and put them under pressure. It’s a nice record to have.

Goalless in 1320 minutes in January, Long has now scored three times in past four games. This was his fourth goal of the season overall.

Fastest Premier League Goals
Time (Seconds) Player Match Season
07.69 Shane Long Watford vs. Southampton 2018-19
09.82 Ledley King Bradford vs. Tottenham 2000-01
10.52 Alan Shearer Newcastle vs. Man City 2002-03
10.54 Christian Eriksen Tottenham vs. Man United 2017-18
11.90 Mark Viduka Charlton vs. Leeds 2000-01
12.16 Dwight Yorke Coventry vs. Aston Villa 1995-96
12.94 Chris Sutton Everton vs. Blackburn 1994-95
13.48 Kevin Nolan Blackburn vs. Bolton 2003-04
13.52 James Beattie Chelsea vs. Southampton 2004-05
13.64 Asmir Begovic Stoke vs. Southampton 2012-13


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