Blacktown City attacker Danny Choi says his 70-metre wonder strike against Sydney United in the FFA Cup Rnd of 32 does not tell the full story of what kind of player he is.
The magic of the Cup was on display again last night as the top two teams in NSW NPL Blacktown City and Sydney United faced each other in a dramatic FFA Cup tie.
The pulsating game was deadlocked after 90minutes and five minutes into extra time, Choi’s long range golazo broke the 2-2 stalemate and ultimately United’s resolve. The home team piled on another three goals and the match ended 6-2 in Blacktown City’s favour.
The man at the centre of one of the most remarkable moments in Australian football history says he’s more than just a one goal wonder.
“That one goal won’t tell people what kind of player I am,” said the 21-year old. “Obviously it’s good to score in such a big game for the club, as well as to be the winners of that game – it’s exciting and I’m happy.
“To get one of the goals that helped us win, it was such a big moment and I celebrated proudly with my teammates and the coaches.”
Long range bombs like Choi’s have been a regular occurrence on Australian soil recently with Australian goalkeepers being on the wrong end on three consecutive occasions.
Socceroos goal keeper Adam Federici and Melbourne Victory shot stopper Lawrence Thomas will be having unpleasant flashbacks after last night’s effort.
Choi says last night’s goal which has rocked the internet was just pure instinct.
“I was just defending and Matty Lewis our centre back sent the ball in front of me,” he said. “It was a perfect assist and I just looked up, I didn’t think or anything I saw the keeper off the line and just went for it and the ball just swerved into the net.
“It’s good to score a goal like that they don’t come very often.”
Choi added: “To be honest I didn’t expect the goal to go viral but I’m really enjoying this moment,” he said. “With all the social media coverage everyone has been tagging me and it’s a new experience.
Often players are told to cool the long range attempts but Blacktown City coach Mark Crittenden says he won’t be reigning in Choi’s efforts from distance.
“Nah, I don’t tell him anything,” he said. “I let him do is thing. You don’t curtail any of that. “You definitely don’t stop those type of players from expressing themselves - they do things that you don’t expect.”
Choi grew up in the western Sydney suburb of Bankstown, but was born in South Korea. The pacy winger came to Australia with his family when he was ten and he says one of his goals is to gain citizenship and play in Australia’s top domestic competition.
“If I get the chance I’d be very happy to play in the A-League,” he said. “The A-League is highest league in Australia, every footballer here wants to play in the A-League and that is an ambition for me as well. I just have to work harder and show the clubs who I really am and how I play.”
- Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.