Long receives 50-goal honour

By SFC Media time Wed 24 Apr First team
Photo by Getty Images/Steve Bardens

The Premier League accolades keep coming in for Southampton striker Shane Long.

The forward, who on Tuesday night scored the fastest goal in the competition's history, has been honoured for reaching the milestone of 50 goals in England's top-flight.

Long hit that mark when he netted in the 3-1 home loss to Liverpool earlier this month, becoming only the fourth player from the Republic of Ireland to do so, following in the footsteps of Niall Quinn, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff.

He has since gone on to score twice more in the Premier League, taking his tally to 52, as he was on target in the 3-1 win over Wolves and then struck after only 7.69 seconds in last night's 1-1 draw at Watford.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Guest presenter Chris presents Shane Long of Southampton with his 50th Premier League Goal Milestone Award on April 16, 2019 at Staplewood Complex on April 16, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Shane Long
Shane Long receives his award from Saints Foundation participant Chris How

"I think my favourite was for Southampton when we beat Aston Villa," said Long, referring to the incredible, long-range strike in Saints' 6-1 home win in May 2015.

"It was against SG, from about 30, 35 yards and that’s the one that sticks out in my memory."

Chris How, a Saints Foundation adult disability participant, helped present the award to Long at Southampton's Staplewood Campus.

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