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Welsh teen scores Wayne Rooney-esque wonder goal in Youth Cup semifinal

Ben Rohrbach
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Perhaps Wayne Rooney spends his off hours watching wonder goals on YouTube. After all, two days before the Manchester United star converted his 58-yard strike against West Ham in English Premier League action, a Welsh teen pulled off a similar volley in the Football Association of Wales Youth Cup.

Off one bounce following a throw-in, Josh Sheehan lobbed a 45-yard goal over rival Cardiff City's goalkeeper that gave Swansea City Academy the lead for good in an eventual 3-1 semifinal win.

"It just came to me from the throw-in, and I could see the goalkeeper was off his line, so I hit it," Sheehan told SwanseaCity.net. "I caught it sweetly, and it was probably the best goal I've ever scored."

Sweetly, indeed. Sheehan's tally gave his team a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute. The under-19 squad for Wales' first Premier League team in 20 years has won the FAW Youth Cup each of the previous four years, so don't be surprised if the 18-year-old midfielder gets the chance to play opposite Rooney one day. 

For now, Sheehan is just enjoying the fact his greatest goal coincided with one of the Brit's best. 


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