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WATCH: Galway United Wonderkid Colin Kelly With Early GOTS Contender

WATCH: Galway United Wonderkid Colin Kelly With Early GOTS Contender

Jesus lads, wait to you see this!

Galway United filled the togs last night-there's no two ways about it! It looked for all and sundry that The Tribesmen were going to kick off their 2019 SSE Airtricity First Division campaign with a home win over travelling Shelbourne at Deacy Park, leading 2-0 with only sixteen minutes left on the clock.

That was until Ciaran Kilduff had his say.

The former Dundalk man, who has returned to Irish shores after spending the last eighteen months playing second tier soccer in America with Jacksonville Armada, scored either side of Karl Moore's 84th-minute equaliser to hand Shels a most unlikely victory.

But whilst the Maroon faithful would be left bemoaning a missed opportunity for Alan Murphy's side to claim an early three points in their league campaign, for many February 22nd, 2019 may well become an 'I-was-there-when' night.

The new season was only four minutes old when an aimlessly hoofed ball out of the home side's defence caused a lot more bother than it should have for Shelbourne goalie Dean Delany.

Then this happened...

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Ladies and Gentlemen. Colin Kelly.

First and foremost. Wow. The height. The measure.

And (OK the tweet gives it away, but) he only turned 17 in November! Somebody help me lift my jaw from the floor.

Very tempted to dub my own "remember the name" commentary over that video and reading up on the young chap makes for a lot of eye-brow raising and taking the Lord's name in vain.

Last year, in his first season in the SSE Airtricity U-17 league having transferred from rivals Mervue United, Kelly scored 30 goals in only 25 appearances as the Dyke Road outfit made the semi-finals, before eventually falling to eventual victors Finn Harps. That was enough to earn him, not only the title of the league's top goalscorer for 2018, but also a handful of appearnaces for the senior side at the tail end of last season.

A week before he turned 17, the man also fired four goals in three games as Connacht Schools claimed the Interprovincial Schools title as well.

As far as we know, Kelly has yet to make an appearance for any of the Irish underage setups, but we've a funny feeling that might be destined to change sooner rather than later.

What. A. Goal. Young fella.

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