Video: Morecambe goalkeeper turns hero to head home equaliser

Barry Roche provides a last minute header.

Barry Roche goalkeeper hero
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Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche was the hero for Shrimps fans everywhere when he scored a 93rd-minute goal to earn the Shrimps a battling draw at home to Portsmouth.

The 6ft 4in goalkeeper came up for a last minute corner to head home Shaun Miller’s cross to equalise.

Roche almost took the lead early in the first half when his big goal kick almost bounced over the head over Portsmouth keeper Ryan Fulton, who was forced to save at full stretch. 

The south coast side then took an early 1-0 lead through Gareth Evans, with Pompey looking like they were heading back home with all three points. Up stepped Shrimps keeper Roche who decided to write his own ending when he moved up for a corner to head home an equaliser, much to the utter delight of the fans. 

The big frame of Roche was used to full advantage to land the impressive score.

As for celebrations? Roche didn’t plan that far ahead. 

“I hadn’t got a clue what to do,” Roche laughed following the game, “I thought about doing a Klinsmann, but the pitch is too dry so I just jumped and then there was the pile on of all pile ons. I couldn’t breathe so I had to throw a few off me, but it’s a great feeling.”

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran

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