Referee Phil Dowd took up a position on the goal line for a crucial last-second corner kick in an FA Cup tie betwteen Oldham and Everton. His choice of positions paid off handsomely.
On what would be the last play of the match, Oldham (blue) pushed everyone forward for a corner kick, including their goalkeeper. The usual grabbing and pushing ensued, and when the corner was finally taken, the attacking goalkeeper leaped into the air with his arms raised high over his head. From one angle, it appears the ball hits his outstretched hand and goes in the goal – as evidenced by the reaction of the Everton defenders on that side of the ball.
|Case Study #||6-2013|
|Date||16 Feb 2013|
|Competition||FA Cup, 5th Round Proper|
|Fixture/Result||Oldham 2 – 2 Everton|
|Referee/Badge||Phil Dowd, Select Group|
|At Issue||Dowd took up a position on the goal line during the crucial last second corner kick.|
But Referee Phil Dowd had wisely taken up a goal line position for this (and the previous) corner and was in perfect position to see that the ball was, in fact, headed in by Oldham player #14.
I have to ask the detractors: would the referee been able to get the call right from a “traditional” position near the top of the penalty area? We probably can’t answer that question with any degree of certainty, but we can say that he was able to make the correct call from his “alternative” goal line position.
Maybe we can agree that there are at least some times where the goal line position on a corner kick is a good idea?