Southend teenager Charlie Kelman scores from inside his own half on DEBUT

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Southend youngster Charlie Kelman scored from inside his own half on his professional debut


Southend teenager Charlie Kelman scores from inside his own half on DEBUT against Plymouth

  • Charlie Kelman rekindled memories of David Beckham on his Southend debut
  • US Youth international lobbed Plymouth goalkeeper from inside his own half
  • His sensational debut goal was not enough to prevent 3-2 defeat by Plymouth 

Associated Press Reporter

Southend youngster Charlie Kelman scored from inside his own half on his professional debut.

The US youth international lobbed the Plymouth goalkeeper in the second minute of stoppage time. 

But it wasn’t enough to prevent Southend losing 3-2 on Saturday.

Southend youngster Charlie Kelman scored from inside his own half on his professional debut

Southend youngster Charlie Kelman scored from inside his own half on his professional debut

US youth international lobbed the Plymouth goalkeeper in the second minute of stoppage time

US youth international lobbed the Plymouth goalkeeper in the second minute of stoppage time

US youth international lobbed the Plymouth goalkeeper in the second minute of stoppage time

Manager Chris Powell says Kelman ‘was a real livewire for us and obviously he’s scored a wonderful goal.’

It evoked memories of David Beckham’s strike for Manchester United from the halfway line at Crystal Palace in 1996.

The 17-year-old Kelman tweeted thanks to the club ‘for believing in me and giving me this opportunity at such a young age I couldn’t be more grateful I won’t stop here.’

Kelman, who was born in Essex, played last year for the United States Under 18s.

After being called up by US Soccer, Kelman said ‘my dad is an American citizen and I lived out there for six years so that’s how I qualify.’

Kelman's strike from inside his own half rekindled memories of David Beckham

Kelman's strike from inside his own half rekindled memories of David Beckham

Kelman’s strike from inside his own half rekindled memories of David Beckham

But his sensational late effort wasn't enough to prevent Southend losing 3-2 on Saturday

But his sensational late effort wasn't enough to prevent Southend losing 3-2 on Saturday

But his sensational late effort wasn’t enough to prevent Southend losing 3-2 on Saturday

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