Tom Cairney’s colossal strike in the Play-Off Final has been named Fulham’s 2017/18 Goal of the Season.
Having finished second and third in the voting last year, the skipper went one better this time around, courtesy of the most important goal of his career.
Cairney stated beforehand that it would be a dream to lead his side out at Wembley Stadium, and he rose to the occasion in the most outstanding way possible, controlling the play throughout and dispatching the only goal of the game.
Midway through the first half, Stefan Johansen sprayed a ball over to Ryan Sessegnon who showed good feet to keep it away from the incoming Conor Hourihane.
Sessegnon – who had a hand in all three of our Play-Off strikes – then showed incredible vision to slide a pass in between John Terry and Alan Hutton.
The veteran defenders were left flat-footed and unaware of Cairney’s presence in behind them, allowing the Fulham number 10 – who had timed his run impeccably – to open his body and pick his spot low beyond the onrushing Sam Johnstone.
It’s likely the fans chose it for sentimental reasons, but it was also a lovely team move and an apt way to win a cup final, and ended up with votes totalling 6,547.