Stockport’s Antoni Sarcevic stuns with a ‘goal of pre-season’ contender at Chester on Tuesday night with footage doing the rounds online.
Connor Evans put the League Two side ahead in the second minute, before Chester levelled through Jordan Smith shortly after.
Antoni Sarcevic produced something special before the break, and the lead was extended when captain Paddy Madden added a third after the hour.
Declan Weeks got one back for the hosts through a spot kick on 70 minutes, but Stockport held on for the win.
The Hatters were so impressed with Sarcevic’s goal, reporting that he “latched on to a through-ball from Macauley Southam-Hales, and, in one fluid movement, took a touch with his knee before deftly lobbing Stanway to put the Hatters back in front at the break.”
Watch it for yourselves below…
Has goal of the season just been wrapped up in July? 🤯
— Stockport County (@StockportCounty) July 18, 2023
Stockport tweeted: “Oh wow, Sarce that is sensational! 😍
“Macca picks out the run of the midfielder with a long diagonal, Sarce controls it beautifully with a back-heel before deftly lobbing it over the head of Stanway – applause from all around the ground for that effort, and no wonder!”
Chester gave it praise too, saying on Twitter: “42: Goal Stockport. An unbelievable pass is controlled and finished superbly by ex-Blue Antoni Sarcevic. Fair play.”
You just know when a goal is good when the opposition fans are applauding it.
40′ | Oh wow, Sarce that is sensational! 😍
Macca picks out the run of the midfielder with a long diagonal, Sarce controls it beautifully with a back-heel before deftly lobbing it over the head of Stanway – applause from all around the ground for that effort, and no wonder!… pic.twitter.com/nIeaJRlmFE
— Stockport County (@StockportCounty) July 18, 2023
FULL-TIME: Chester 2 (Caton, 8; Weeks (penalty), 70), County 3 (Evans, 2; Sarcevic, 42; Madden, 65).
Stockport for first hour (3-4-3): Smith (Trialist, 46); Knoyle, Byrne (Capt.), Pye; Southam-Hales (Trialist, 46), Camps, Sarcevic (Mee, 46), Touray; Evans, Olaofe, Powell.
Stockport for final 30 minutes (3-5-2): Trialist; Wright, Horsfall, Trialist; Trialist, Trialist, Croasdale, Mee, Rydel; Madden (Capt.), Crankshaw.
Chester: Stanway, Thomas (Coates 63), Williams, Burke, Heywood (Daly 63), Taylor, Goodson (Trialist A 63), Weeks (Bott 77), Whitehouse (Hall 63), Murray, Caton (Trialist B 63).
Scorers: Caton 8, Weeks (pen) 71; Evans 2, Sarcevic 42, Madden 66.
Attendance: 957 (220 away).
Fans reacted as Stockport’s Antoni Sarcevic stuns with a ‘goal of pre-season’ contender…
@agwilliams86: Fair play that was truely exquisite!! 👏
@chris_eaton_: @FIFAcom Puskas Award 2023 wrapped up too 🤌🎩
@PhilSpencerCFC: Some goal that
@blacon_blue: Incredible skill. Some player. That first touch…
@RohanQuinn: When the opposition fans applaud, you know it’s good.
@WavezMcr: What a goal. Played with sarce on City’s academy back in the day always had amazing technique. Love to see him in a county shirt 👏🏼
@PythagorasYung: That is one of the best goals I’ve seen in my life
@StockportDiesel:..even the r̶a̶n̶k̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶T̶u̶s̶c̶a̶n̶y̶ handful of Chester fans could scarce forbear to cheer.”
@No_Sleep_Pete: Wow. It’s one of the best goals I’ve ever seen. Possibly the best. Nice one Sarce.
@Dazzler2909: Unreal that 🔥
@golDEANboy: Hahahaha class Ant! 😅👏🏼
@jackolesliepafc: Quintessential Sarce 😮💨
@PythagorasYung: It’s saucy sarc’s year isn’t it 😍😍
@Gax1980: Going to take some beating @Puskasaward
@bertdernernert: SAUCEYvic, more like!
@ChesterBluey: If anyone remembers that @ChesterFC Sarcevic goal against Harrogate all those years ago, then you’ll remember it’s from almost the exact same spot Ant fnished that goal. Still one of the best goal finishes I’ve seen live.
@JonnyPickerin98: Disgusting technique
@PaulSharrocks: Never mind Nick Powell, if this guy stays fit, he’ll win us the league.
@clare_jeffs: Still laughing someone said he looks obese last week 😂😂😂
@paulreid125: Wow, what a goal that is by the way 👏
@cfcalex03: Blimey, was just as good as it looked in person then
@LeeWozza: This is brilliant 👏🏼
@Daffooo: Absolute baller 💫 Plenty more of this outrageous stuff this season, please #stockportcounty
@LukeChels: This is absolutely sensational from Toni
@youngie1984: Gets better every time you see 👏🏻
@brad_wilkins12: This guy is gonna be something this season! Some goal that🤩
@JamesGuinnane_1: Filthy from Sarce that 😮💨
@__tyronebroad: Chill out 🤩🤩🤩
@nathlanding: BEST GOAL IVE SEEN LIVE😍
@scott_mid: Still as good as when he left us
@DuffySeamus: Hup 🔵⚪️ Hon The Hatters 🔵⚪️
@TaylorPaul69: Some goal that is 😍
@danpothecary: Tony Sarce taking the absolute piss so far this pre season ❤️
@Nathan_988: Wow, Tony sarc take a bow
@emsyjean: Bloody hell Tony! What a goal ⚽️
@Ash_B13: Tony, you naughty man 🔥🔥🔥
@Rice_Hive: fuck me what a great touch that is
@jaynd99: Was worried how Sarce would be after hearing bad stuff from a Bolton fan about his level falling away after the first season. More than happy he seems to be back in form for us.
@_LewP: Got a feeling he’s going to be some player for us this year if he stays fit.
@grahamrobert76: Class goal, worth the £12! If that was during the season definitely a goal of the season contender.
@countyscarf: Is this the greatest County goal ever scored?