Midfielder takes award for stunning strike against the Iron
Exeter City midfielder Arron Davies scooped the Goal of the Year 2013/14 award at the End of Season awards for his stunning strike away at Scunthorpe United back in October.
Davies’ shot was described by then-Scunthorpe gaffer Brian Laws as ‘one in a million’. The strike came shortly after half-time to put Exeter two goals up – the game ultimately finished 4-0 to Exeter, with Liam Sercombe bagging a brace Sam Parkin neatly finishing on the rebound late on.
The goal came out of nothing as what looked like a routine throw-in inside the opposition half by Craig Woodman allowed the midfielder to turn and hit a half-volley, which found the back of the net from the best part of 50 yards, despite the best efforts of beleaguered stopper Sam Slocombe in the Iron net.
It was the City supporters that voted for Davies, who was picked out from a six-goal shortlist. Four of the others were derby goals – they were Alan Gow at home against Plymouth, Liam Sercombe and Eliot Richards away at Plymouth and Tom Nichols away at Torquay. The other was another Sercombe shot, his fizzing equaliser away in Southend.
Because of the voting deadline, Craig Woodman’s stunning opener against Scunthorpe two weeks ago and Jimmy Keohane’s rocket at Hartlepool on the final day were both too late to be considered – but in the end Davies’ wonder-goal was a worthy winner.
Davies picked up his award at the ‘Road to Rio’ Gala Ball on Sunday 4th May, and he was presented the award by City supporter Dan Armstrong, who had won a pair of tickets to the event and the opportunity to present the winner with their award simply by submitting a vote.
You can watch the entire Goal of the Year video below, which was first shown at the Ball.