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TEAMtalk Soccers: Goal of the Season

James Marshment steps up to the podium to present one of the more keenly-contested TEAMtalk Soccers awards - the 2012/13 Goal of the Season.

Last Updated: 13/06/13 at 13:34 Post Comment

Matthew Lowton: Stunning strike was named your Goal of the Season

Matthew Lowton: Stunning strike was named your Goal of the Season

Whether you're a fan of the long-range blockbuster, or the intricate pass-and-move team goal, there's no doubting that the award for Goal of the Season provokes some of the biggest discussion and debate on our pages.

This season has provided us, once again, with the usual batch of quality net-busters and TEAMtalk's loyal army of readers have had a hard time deciphering their favourite with a number of aesthetically-pleasing efforts all vying for the crown.

Sergio Aguero's finish at the end of a flowing one-touch Manchester City move at Reading, plus David Luiz's long-ranger for Chelsea against Fulham were both unlucky to make the cut. And our Player of the Season Gareth Bale could have have had his own exclusive version of the vote after a number of spectacular efforts this season.

Anyway, here's our run-down of this season's best goals in the Premier League.

5) Gareth Bale - Tottenham v West Ham

Not just a runaway winner in our Player of the Season vote, Tottenham's Welsh flyer also comes in at fifth place for his staggering effort in their 3-2 win at West Ham in February.

Although their pursuit of a top-four finish eventually proved fruitless, Bale continued to keep the club in the hunt with a series of stunning efforts. His last-minute humdinger against the Hammers not only lit up a cold winter's evening, it also pocketed this scribe a welcome financial boost on the very same day that mini-Marshy came into the world.

"Boom, boom, boom, let me hear you say Bale."

4) Loic Remy - QPR v Wigan

There were very few enjoyable moments in an utterly miserable campaign at Loftus Road, but Remy's effort against relegation rivals Wigan arguably proved to be the highlight.

The Frenchman proved himself a very astute signing indeed and had his efforts been matched by his peers, the season could well have ended in much happier circumstances for the R's.

The match against Wigan was very much seen by everyone connected with the club as their last chance to pull off the Great Escape, so when Remy side-footed home a brilliant first-time effort into the top corner from 25 yards, while on the run, with just five minutes left, the home fans were given a glimmer of hope.

But their season was summed up in a nutshell when Shaun Maloney curled home a brilliant free-kick equaliser four minutes into injury time to leave QPR deflated.

Still, there's no keeping a good man down and I'm sure the Premier League will be privy to a few more Remy specials next season.

3) Luis Suarez - Liverpool v Newcastle

He may have claimed 'glory' in our Villain of the Season vote, but there's no denying Suarez's ability and he deservedly takes third place in our Goal of the Season vote for his sublime effort against the Magpies.

When Jose Enrique's long hopeful pass picked out the Uruguayan, there seemed little danger. But with a deft display of skill, the Kop favourite took the ball out of the sky on somewhere between chest and shoulder, held off Fabricio Coloccini, nipped around Tim Krul before tapping into an empty net.

It was a goal of jaw-dropping brilliance and showed why in a nutshell that Liverpool have continued to stand by their man inspite of a number of unsavoury incidents over the last couple of seasons.

2) Robin van Persie - Man Utd v Aston Villa

Technically, there can be few better goals scored in the entire history of the Premier League than the Dutchman's outrageous effort against Aston Villa.

In any other year, RvP's delicious volley would be a deserving winner in this category.

From Wayne Rooney's pinged pass, the Dutchman allowed the ball to drop over his shoulder before catching it right on the sweet-spot; his first-time volley flying straight past a rooted Brad Guzan.

The goal was made even more special given the number 20's effort - the meat in a van Persie hat-trick sandwich - came in a game that secured title number 20 for the Reds.

It could only have been made more memorable had it taken top spot in our voting!

But in the end, there was only a hair's breadth in the voting, and the winner of the TEAMtalk Soccer 2012/13 Goal of the Season award goes to...

1) Matthew Lowton - Aston Villa v Stoke

In arguably our tightest vote for years, it is Villa's Lowton who scoops glory for his brilliant effort against Stoke.

In chesting down a clearance out of the sky, Lowton fired a fiercely-struck volley into the roof of Asmir Begovic's net that not only helped Villa towards three points, but also gave all associated with the club genuine belief they could avoid the dreaded drop.

Not bad for a full-back!

There's no doubting that the 2012/13 season was a huge learning curve for Paul Lambert's young charges, but with survival secured, the future looks far brighter with the likes of future England cap Lowton in their side.

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