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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
Footballer's 'fastest ever' goal
Marc Burrows
Marc noticed the 'keeper was off his line
A footballer is claiming the sport's fastest goal - after he scored in just two seconds.

Marc Burrows of Cowes Sports FC, on the Isle of Wight, shot straight from the kick-off in Saturday's game against Eastleigh, and saw the ball sail in.

The referee timed the wind-assisted goal at two seconds, which would beat the existing world record, set by an Argentinian player at 2.8 seconds.

The Football Association is deciding whether to confirm the claim.

Mr Burrows said: "I put the ball on the centre spot, and noticed the 'keeper was off his line.

"I looked at the referee and had a laugh with him and said 'I'll have a shot from here'.

"He laughed and shrugged his shoulders - blew his whistle, then the wind got hold of the ball and it flew into the back of the net."

Southampton FC legend and ex-Eastleigh player Matt Le Tissier said: "It's a world record - it's pretty special and he must be pretty proud of himself."

Mr Burrows, a former trainee with Premiership side, Portsmouth, was playing for Cowes reserves in Sydenham's Wessex League. They won the match 5-3 and he scored a hat-trick.

The FA will accept the timing of the record goal if it is confirmed by the referee.

The current world record of 2.8 seconds was set by Argentinian Ricardo Olivera for his side Rio Negro in the Uruguayan league in 1998.

FA officials say the fastest goal in the UK was scored by Barrow player Colin Cowperthwaite when he scored in 3.5 seconds against Kettering in 1979.



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