Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown scores freak own goal

James McKe-own-goal! Grimsby goalkeeper makes nightmare mistake with FREAK finish into his own net in draw with Carlisle… and takes to Twitter to apologise to fans

  • Grimsby were held to a draw against Carlisle this weekend after a freak own goal 
  • The hosts’ goalkeeper, James McKeown, had bizarrely sliced the ball into his net 
  • The stopper collected a short pass and looked to play the ball out from the back 
  • But to his dismay, his attempted touch forward skidded off the turf and rolled in  

It’s not every day that a goalkeeper can say they have scored – although this is an achievement red-faced Grimsby stopper James McKeown will be trying his hardest to escape from.

The 31-year-old inadvertently swept a back pass into his own net in the League Two outfit’s draw with Carlisle this weekend and soon took to social media to apologise. 

The freak own goal levelled the scores after Mattie Pollock’s opener on 25 minutes at Blundell Park and forced Ian Holloway’s hosts to settle for a point.

Red-faced Grimsby keeper James McKeown scored a bizarre own goal in the draw with Carlisle

The stopper misjudged a back pass and instead sliced an attempted short ball out into his net

McKeown’s horror moment came in only the first minute of the second half to add to the sheer feeling of bemusement.

A simple ball from Luke Waterfall, the kind seen on countless occasions in games up and down the football pyramid, looked set to allow McKeown to play out from the back.

To the shock of the restricted numbers in the ground, however, the keeper attempted to play a first time pass out to Pollock.

Luke Waterfall picked out McKeown with a pass back and his team-mate tried a first-time ball

The pass instead skidded across the turf and nestled in the bottom corner to level the scores

Rather than finding the defender, McKeown horrifically misjudged the angle and sliced into his unguarded net.

McKeown appeared instantly racked with guilt and placed his head in his hands out of sheer embarrassment.

While jubilant, and equally confused, Carlisle players race to seize back the ball, McKeown was caught on camera striding back into his box and looking up at the sky.

Grimsby supporters have since rallied around their under-fire player in heartwarming fashion, and McKeown insisted that he understands the gravity of the error.

McKeown, pictured in action against Bolton earlier this month, has been supported by fans

He tweeted: ‘Feel as though I need to address it, I messed up today. 

‘You’ve seen me for nearly 10 years, if I’m a goalkeeper for 20 years, spend most of my time at one club, you’ll see most of my mistakes sadly.

‘I promise you, it hurts me more than anyone, but I’ve been here before and will be again.’

The unfortunate stopper will be hoping to banish any lingering demons with an impressive showing against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday.

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