It has been some week for Matthew Turner.
Last Saturday, the man on loan from Cardiff City produced a superb penalty stop which helped Aber notch up a vital three points to go level on points with Flint Town United in 10th.
On Monday, the young keeper celebrated his 21st birthday and on Saturday, in front of a watching nation live on S4C and in an unfamiliar end of the field, the Llanelli born man guided the ball deftly into the bottom corner of the Pontypridd net to see the Seasiders climb out of the drop zone.
Now, Turner is set to become a viral internet sensation thanks to his goalscoring exploits. At the time of writing, over 45,000 people have watched the video of his goal on Twitter and 55,000 people have enjoyed the clip of the Green Army celebrating the moment.
"I mean it’s always a bizarre moment when a keeper scores and it’s always great to see the headlines for people when it happens. But I never thought there would be this many videos of the goal. From the fan reactions and the rest of the squad celebrating; it’s been a little bit crazy!” Turner told atfc.org.uk
“I was going up to cause a little confusion and just hope I could help in giving someone some space to create a good chance. I never dreamed that the chance would fall to me. I just tried to get something on it and direct it towards the goal and thankfully that was enough to get the point.”
Despite plenty of endeavour, the game was heading towards a gut-wrenching defeat in the South Wales Valleys after Turner’s parent club mate, Tom Davies, nodded the Dragons in front in the first half.
Although chances were at a premium for both sides in the second period, it was the hosts who looked the more likely to score the crucial second goal, particularly on the counter attack.
However, the former Leeds United Youth Academy product produced two superb saves to keep the deficit to just one which gave Aber hope going into the closing seconds of the contest. “Obviously when you’re chasing a game, you sometimes have to take a few risks and expect they may grab some chances on the break.
“They managed two of those late in the half but as a keeper, its crucial to stay switched on and make sure you make those saves when required which, thankfully, I was able to do.”
The point ensures that Town have now earned 7 points from the last 9 available and with three games to go, the Black and Greens are full of confidence that they can do what is required to beat the drop.
“It wasn’t our best performance, particularly in the first half and we gave away a soft goal. A few weeks ago that would have set the tone for the rest of the game. But the lads did brilliantly to react and we had a good chat at half time about character and what we needed to do and that made the difference.
“It’s still very tight and we need to take one game at a time. We’ve got three cup finals left but we need to take control of our own performance and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”