With a whopping 91% of fan votes, the highest for any player all season, Liam Kelly has taken home the Cherwell Goal of the Month award for February!
It was hardly a surprise, with Kelly’s near-30-yard effort against Derby County bringing the crowd at Madejski Stadium to its feet as he equalised on the day.
Following a throw in that was ricocheted into his path, our Academy graduate did not hesitate in powering the ball into the top corner.
Speaking after accepting the award, Kelly said: “It was a good goal to be fair! It was one of them where it was just instinct in the moment.
“If I think about it too much or I think about the ball coming to me, it probably goes over or the keeper gets it!
“I saw it coming and it took a nice bounce, I just thought ‘why not?’ and luckily it flew in.”
Kelly has made a habit of scoring from distance in his senior career, something which he says he has practiced since his early career in Reading’s Academy.
“I always used to practice shooting from outside the box, set pieces, I’ve scored a few good goals recently and in my past so I just hit it and it goes in!” He chuckled.
Fellow Academy graduate Omar Richards scored his first goals for the club last month, with Kelly adding: “I’m really happy for Omar getting his goals, performed really well last month and to get two goals from left back is good. Hopefully it continues!”
On the test facing the Royals on Tuesday evening, Kelly says the squad are up for the challenge of facing Bolton in RG2.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, they’re down there with us,” he continued. “We’ve just got to go in knowing what we can do and knowing how we can play, hopefully the result can follow.”