Big Moments: Toure becomes youngest A-League goal-scorer
Fans that attended Adelaide United’s Round 19 home clash against Central Coast Mariners in February 2020 were on hand to witness history.
At 15 years and 326 days Mohamed Toure became the youngest scorer in the A-League when he doubled the advantage from close range, with the clip of his goal going viral.
A week earlier, Toure had become the second-youngest player in Reds history to make their debut for the Club.
The forward revealed the mere thought of scoring was well beyond the realm of possibility.
“I remember a week before I made my debut and I was still shocked and stunned by that,” Toure recalled.
“Then I got into the squad the following week and I remember that day I was at school and then all my friends were like, ‘do you think you’re going to score, do you think you’ll come on?’
“And I wasn’t even imagining scoring. I was just thinking about coming on again and I remember coming on and we scored.
“George Blackwood scored the stunner – it was a good goal.”
Indeed, George Blackwood’s incredible strike to break the deadlock was overshadowed in the midst of the sheer euphoric and unbelievable scenes that followed.
A sensational run from Riley McGree enabled him to square low cross to the unmarked prodigy in the box, who calmly placed his finish beyond the Mariners goalkeeper.
“Straight after kick-off Riley (McGree) dripped the ball down and cut it and the last thing I remember was the ball coming into me,” Toure said.
“After that everything became just a big dream.
“I wasn’t really thinking ‘oh my god you’re going to score’, I just thinking more, ‘don’t mess it up, don’t miss it up’,”
“When I touched it, it just went in it flew past the goalkeeper and it was just relief and really excited.
“The celebration I didn’t want to do that. I wish I could replay the celebration, but it was just out of excitement and I didn’t know what I was doing.”
As an avid Reds fan growing up, Toure admitted it was a surreal feeling being on the receiving end of supporters’ cheers.
“I’d been going to the games for a long time and the atmosphere from the stands is really good,” he said.
“But it’s just different when you’re on the pitch, usually I was cheering but now getting cheered for is a whole other feeling and the fans were excellent that night.
“I think there’s no better fans to score your first A-League in front of especially at 15 I’m really thankful for that.”