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Josh Kelly makes his mark in National League with special goals

Josh Kelly celebrates scoring against Eastleigh.  Photo by Mick Vogel.

Josh Kelly, who signed for Maidenhead United  as a 15-year-old, announced himself to the National League with two strikes of breathtaking quality against Bromley on Saturday and Eastleigh on Tuesday.

The latter has certainly caught the attention of many, being widely viewed and commented upon on social medai.

There was little to choose between the two sides at York Road as the contest headed towards the interval, but Kelly changed all that.

Racing onto a expertly threaded through-ball from Christian Smith in the 43rd minute he calmly walked the ball around Eastleigh keeper Graham Stack before having the composure to check back inside the covering defender and walk the ball into the unguarded net.

The 19-year-old proved too hot to handle once again moments later when he scored a second.

After the 2-0 win over Eastleigh, Magpies manager Alan Devonshire said of Kelly: “I’m delighted for him, he’s pushed on from his goal on Saturday.

“I’m not going to pick anyone out and I thought this was a very good team effort, but the kid’s scored a couple of goals and the first one’s a special goal.

“We know he’s a talent but he’s still learning the game.

“He’s got a lot to learn but he’s got a bright future.

““He’s played his first year in men’s football (at Walton Casuals) and I’d like to think he’ll get better and better as the season goes on.”

On Saturday against Bromley, the 19-year-old also netted in memorable fashion.

Receiving a pass from Adrian Clifton on the hour mark he threw former Premier League defender Roger Johnson with a deft Cruyff turn before lashing home.

It should have been what everyone was talking about as they left York Road on Saturday evening.

Instead the Magpies conceded twice in injury-time to draw 2-2.

However, Magpies assistant manager Sam Lock could pick the positives out of the demoralising draw.

“It was fantastic to see Josh do that,” he said.

“A boy who signed for the club aged 15.

“He’s come through the club, played here for three or four years (in the youth set up).

“Like Max Kilman he’s come through and made the first team which is fantastic.

“He’s got his goal now and he took it excellently.”

The Magpies are away to Barnet on Saturday, but will not face former United fans’ favourite Dave Tarpey who is recovering from another operation.


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