Sometimes a society decides en masse that something is just the right thing to do. This is one of those moments in Scotland.
There were a number of terrific goals scored across the divisions of the Scottish Football League in January, but the goal that will officially be recognized as the Goal of the Month is almost certain to be a halftime penalty that never counted on the scoreboard. It was delivered by an 11-year-old with Down Syndrome, young Jay Beatty, who has emerged as a bit of an unofficial mascot for Celtic, the country’s football superpower.
Beatty, who hails from Armagh in Northern Ireland, traveled to Celtic’s game against Hamilton and was given the opportunity to take a halftime penalty in the team’s shootout challenge. He cooly stepped forward and stroked home the kick, running off into wild celebrations. The Scottish Football League took the video of the goal and added it in the league’s monthly top goal competition, which is voted on by fans on YouTube.
The result? Beatty’s shot, which is set to be the runaway winner.
The fact that Beatty was given the opportunity wasn’t lost on his father, who spoke to the Daily Mail about Jay’s big goal.
Fans at the game reportedly began chanting ‘We love you Jay, we do’ and ‘There’s only one Jay Beatty’ after his incredible goal.
His father told the Scotsma: ‘Today was something else and to have a whole stadium including the Hamilton fans chanting your son’s name will live with me forever.
‘Because of his love of the greatest club in the world, his life has become a dream come true. We thought 2014 was just amazing but today was something else.’