Long receives 50-goal honour

By SFC Media 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.

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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