Funny footage of world first own goal in a rugby match during Hawick Youth & Gala Wanderers game
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Funny footage has emerged showing the world's first own goal - in a rugby match. Coaches said they had ‘never seen anything like it' following the unfortunate turn of events during the Hawick Youth and Gala Wanderers game in the Borders Semi Junior League in Scotland.
In the dying moments of the match earlier this year, Gala scored a try to make it 31-33 with the conversion still to take. However, after the kick, the ball was falling well short meaning victory for Hawick Youth. That was until a Hawick player's premature celebrations saw him hoof the ball away, straight over the crossbar.
After a time out and examination of the rules the referee determined the kick would count as an own goal. The referee awarded the conversion to Gala before blowing the final whistle and ending the match with the score tied at 33-33 meaning Hawick Youth threw away their two point lead, with the under-18s clash ending in a draw.
"The game went to and fro," said Hawick Youth assistant coach, Elliot Jack, 56. "No team was clearly in front until two minutes from the end, when Gala scored. The conversion was the last kick of the game."
Explaining what had happened, Jack said: "The boy went out thinking he was just going to kick the ball – unfortunately, it flew off his boot and in between the posts. These things happen – it was an accident.
"The referee knew the laws of the game – he knew the conversion stood. He called the two captains and the coaches over and explained the situation. There was dead silence in the rugby pitch, because nobody knew what was happening – and then there was a big roar when he gave the conversion."
Both Hawick and Gala were stunned – but luckily, the two teams, who played on September 30, saw the funny side of things. Elliot said: "The comradery started after – it became a real good laugh. The boys went out with some of the Gala players afterwards and they dressed our player up in a Gala kit.
"I’ve spoken to so many people in rugby – nobody’s seen anything like this. I spoke to someone from the Gala side who’s been involved in rugby for more than 60 years. He said he’s never seen anything like it and has no doubt that some of the young players will never see anything like it again.
"Our team is learning and adapting and listening to the coaches. It’s not about winning, it’s about the boys having fun and enjoying their time in rugby."