‘Jump up and down like they’re in a disco!’: Oldham players distract goalkeeper in bizarre yet effective free kick routine that works to perfection
- Leeds lender Alfie McCalmont curled home after the unusual trick
- Four of McCalmont’s teammates jumped up and down the six-meter line
- They then ran behind the wall after the referee blew the whistle
- The move was somewhat similar to Atalanta’s goal at Real Madrid last month
- On that occasion, Luis Muriel defeated Thibaut Courtois because a ‘loading wall’ was used
A League Two clash between Oldham and Colchester looked unremarkable on paper, but a hilarious free-kick routine that led to a goal in Boundary Park on Friday has sparked a lot of rumors on social media.
With the Latics already leading 1-0, Alfie McCalmont from Leeds came on to take a free kick minutes before half time.
Four of his teammates then crawled onto the six-yard line and comically jumped up and down, blocking visiting goalkeeper Dean Gerken’s view and making it difficult for the veteran to organize his defense.
Alfie McCalmont’s amazing free kick came after four teammates jumped up and down in the box
The unusual routine made headlines when Oldham beat Colchester at Boundary Park
The quartet then rushed behind the Colchester wall just after referee Martin Coy blown his whistle, while McCalmont took his punch to the opposite corner as it went off the post.
Oldham eventually won 5-2 as Keith Curle’s men moved up to 15th place, but after the game it was all about the unconventional game.
The strike bore some resemblance to Atalanta’s unusual trick in the Champions League round of 16 at Real Madrid last month.
Luis Muriel and Ruslan Malinovskiy faced each other on the occasion, with Matteo Pessina, Berat Djimisti and former Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon all heading towards the Madrid wall.
The attack was similar to Atalanta’s imaginative trick against Real Madrid, as Luis Muriel scored
Oldham boss Keith Curle said the idea of a set piece was down to his assistant boss Paul Butler
Muriel was the ultimate taker, with his attack to the top left corner of Thibaut Courtois’ goal, despite the Belgian getting a hand on it.
After the match, Curle declined to take credit for the bizarre setup, saying the invention came from his assistant Paul Butler.
“I’d like to take all the credit for it, but I can’t,” he said. “It’s Paul Butler’s. He had brought in an international set piece specialist and he did it when he was in Leeds and he said it worked so he put it on the training ground. And I have to say I was skeptical to say the least.
‘I’d like to take credit, but I’m not. That’s up to Paul. ‘