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Ireland international Shane Long scores the fastest goal in Premier League history

The Tipperary native found the net after just seven seconds.

Updated 20.33

IRELAND INTERNATIONAL SHANE Long has made history in the Premier League tonight.

Playing for Southampton against Watford, the Tipperary native scored the fastest goal in Premier League history, finding the net after just seven seconds.

The record was previously held by Tottenham’s Ledley King, who hit the target against Bradford in December 2000 after 9.82 seconds.

Long’s strike came immediately after the kick-off when he blocked a clearance from Watford defender Craig Cathcart, allowing the Republic of Ireland international to dink a cool finish over goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The goal takes the 32-year-old’s tally for the season to four goals in 27 appearances in all competitions, though three have come in his last four matches.

Additional reporting by AFP

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