By now most, if not all avid Australian Football fans have clicked on “that” goal from 70 metres that sparked up Blacktown City FC in their incredible 6-2 victory over staunch league rivals Sydney United 58 in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday evening.
For the eight hundred plus crowd that were lucky to witness the strike at Lily Homes Stadium, the roar that was met with “that” goal from the boisterous Blacktown faithful was something that historic ground had not seen for years.
Choi, a well-respected footballer amongst his coaches and peers, couldn’t believe his luck when the ball smashed the back of Tom Manos’ net that sent the home crowd and his bench as well as the YouTube and Facebook hits into overdrive.
“To be honest I wasn’t really thinking at the time, I just saw the opportunity and saw the keeper of his line and went for it.
“I was happy that it went in but I wasn’t expecting so much publicity following the goal.
“I was tagged so many times on Facebook, it’s been very overwhelming.”
Asked about what his thoughts were on what was a crazy football match that saw an amazing four goals scored in extra time, Choi stated to Football NSW.
“It was a great night for everyone involved at the club.
“Personally, as Critto (Blacktown City coach Mark Crittenden) said after the match in an interview on Fox Sports, I had a horrible opening twenty minutes, but that half time team talk changed things and you saw how different we were in the second half of extra time.
“It was a great feeling to get the victory for the team and for the fans.”
The South Korean born attacker caught everyone’s attention in NSW after lightning up the state competition’s second tier league (Men’s 2) with Parramatta FC when he was crowned the Silver Medal Player of the Year.
The following season and Blacktown City FC came knocking and secured the services of the 21-year-old who constantly featured as one of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s best players outside of the Hyundai A-League.
Having been one of the standout players of the competition thanks to his trickery and pace, it was no surprise that Hyundai A-League clubs and overseas sides showed a keen interest in securing Choi’s services.
“I want to become a full time professional footballer, that has been my dream from day one.
“Whether it is in the Hyundai A-League or in Europe, as long as I am playing regularly and in a professional environment, that would be my ultimate dream.”
First things first though for Danny as he has a particular derby to attend to this Sunday at Blacktown Football Park.
Blacktown City face staunch city rivals Blacktown Spartans where the Korean soon to be Australian citizen is hoping to light up that match and hopefully add more goals to his eight goal haul in the competition.
“We are taking things game by game but yes this Sunday is a very important game for us, we need to win to finish the competition off strongly.
“We also hope that we can draw a Hyundai A-League team in our next FFA Cup draw but we will have to wait and see.”
One things for sure, this isn’t the last you’ll hear of the name Danny Choi and I dare say the last time you’ll click onto Facebook and YouTube reliving his thrilling 70 metre thunderbolt.
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-By Mark Stavroulakis