A Glenrothes team may have scored the fastest ever goal in the history of amateur and junior football.
Kingdom Athletic’s opening goal in their 10-0 win over Glenrothes Athletic on Saturday, August 17, crossed the line after just 3.5 seconds.
It was scored by local lad Derek Page, who after receiving the ball straight from kick-off, spotted the opposition goalkeeper off his line and lobbed a shot from the centre circle all the way into the back of the net.
The timing of the historic strike, which took place at Dovecot Park, was confirmed by match referee, Alistair Watt, who believes the goal to be the fastest ever scored in junior and amateur football in Scotland and England.
Remarkably, it was also the first ever goal scored by the newly named Kingdom Athletic in their first competitive match in the Fife AFA.
Kingdom manager James Docherty told the Gazette: “It’s quite exciting to think that we could have scored the fastest ever goal in our first game as a new team.
“We’ve been having a bit of fun at training trying to beat the goalie from the halfway line so it must have been in Derek’s mind to shoot.
“He’s just delighted to have scored. We got 10 that day and he only got the one!”
A spokesman for the Scottish Amateur FA added: “We are unsure of the quickest goal at amateur or junior level but it is something that could stir up a debate amongst the anoraks of the game.”