Sunderland SCREAMERS: featuring Maja, Honeyman, Maguire & Sinclair

Following Chris Maguire's superb rocket against Southend on Saturday, I decided to take a look at our best goals so far this season.

by Molly_Burke Monday, 29 October 2018 07:01 PM Comments

Sunderland have scored 30 goals so far this season - two behind the highest scoring side, Barnsley - and it's fair to say that some of them have been pretty impressive. 

Maguire's potential goal of the month at the weekend gave me the idea to look at our best goals so far - because while he may be the King, he's not the only one who bags lovely goals.

 

JOSH MAJA v Charlton 

Josh Maja's equaliser against Charlton was the start of something brilliant for him. It was his second goal for the club after scoring against Fulham last season and had us all wondering whether this season would be his time - which he has since proven to be correct.

Adam Matthew's pass to the 19-year-old was originally met by a heavy touch, but Maja recovered well by turning and neatly passing the ball into the corner of the net. Maja's positioning in the corner of the penalty area seemed a very unlikely spot to take a shot from and that seemed to take everyone - including the keeper - by surprise.

It was a lovely goal to kick off our League One campaign with.

 

GEORGE HONEYMAN v Gillingham

Our win over Gillingham saw us put four past them by four different scorers. It was a toss up between Honeyman's goal and Power's for a place in my top five, but I opted for the build up play by Maja then the lovely finish by Honeyman rather than Power's... well... power. 

Maja had found himself in the box, surrounded by three Gillingham defenders attempting to bully him off the ball. The striker did very well to hold the ball up, before laying it off to the captain who rifled it into the top corner - the keeper unable to do anything about it. 

 

CHRIS MAGUIRE v Burton 

For obvious reasons, our only loss of the season so far against Burton Albion is a day we all want to forget. 2-0 down and we weren't playing great. Maguire had been dropped after a string of poor performances but was brought on just before half time after Charlie Wyke picked up an injury.

So it was all round a pretty miserable afternoon, but the one positive was brought to us by King Maguire himself. Ten minutes into the second half found himself with the ball at his feet 25 yards out and decided to have a pop. His superb curling effort found the corner of the net and, whilst we still lost the game, it was nice to see him score such a brilliant goal and recover from being dropped so well. 

Maguire went on to win the Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month for the absolute screamer - very well deserved.

 

JEROME SINCLAIR v Peterborough

I think it's fair to say that Jerome Sinclair's goal against Peterborough was the most exciting goal so far this season - for me, anyway.

After going down to ten men thanks to Bryan Oviedo's silly red card, it seemed unlikely that we would manage to scrape a win against our fellow promotion chasers, but Sinclair's goal gave us hope.

It wasn't even his goal that was the best bit - it was Maguire's unbelievable turn before that. Even Jon McLaughlin's lovely ball up to Maguire was fantastic. His goal kick met the former Bury man just by the touchline, and following a neat touch Maguire turned the defender and found Sinclair in the box with ease before the forward allowed the ball to cross his body and smashed it into the roof of the net.

It's a real shame that that goal didn't win it for us, but boy was it a brilliant one. 

 

CHRIS MAGUIRE v Southend

Maguire's superb goal at the weekend doesn't really need explaining because I think everyone has seen it by now, but it was nothing short of brilliant. 

The fans were hopeful of an impressive showing against Southend, and following Honeyman's opener in the first half, Maguire went on to wow the crowd with his stunner to double the lead. 

A terrible pass by a Southend defender was blocked by Maguire, who ran into space before firing a thunderbolt into the back of the net from 30 yards out - sealing the three points for the Black Cats.

Maguire was only handed the Goal of the Month award last week and will already be a serious contender for this month too. 

Tags

honeyman, maja, maguire, sinclair

Goal of the season (so far)

Josh Maja vs Charlton
George Honeyman vs Gillingham
Chris Maguire vs Burton
Jerome Sinclair vs Peterborough
Chris Maguire vs Southend
Josh Maja vs Charlton
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George Honeyman vs Gillingham
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Chris Maguire vs Burton
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Jerome Sinclair vs Peterborough
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Chris Maguire vs Southend
  78%