In news that understandably became a little lost in the madness of a weekend which saw Crystal Palace reach their second ever FA Cup Final, on-loan Eagles winger Sullay Kaikai bagged another incredibly impressive goal for Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
Still only 20, his latest strike saw his tally for the current campaign rise to 12 goals in just 27 games for the Shrews; an impressive level of progress when you consider the fact that he managed just six in 30 appearances when on loan at Cambridge United in the division below the season before.
This weekend’s clash saw Sullay and co. travelling to 7th placed Gillingham for a game few expected them to win. The hosts are still right in the thick of a race for a play-off place and will have looked towards the game against a relegation threatened outfit as an ideal opportunity to gain another important victory.
Surprisingly, it was the visitors who came away with all three points, having been set on their way by a wonderfully taken goal from Kaikai. Having seen the ball being worked neatly towards the final third on the left flank, the Palace man drifted into space before having the ball fed to his feet some 35 yards out from goal. Taken one or two touches to manoeuvre himself into shooting range, he fired a low venomous shot to the keeper’s right, beating him with precision and pace to secure a 1-0 lead.
The game then twisted one way and another, with Cody McDonald getting the hosts back to 1-1 on 45 minutes, only to see Mangan restore the Shrews’ lead 10 minutes later. Jake Hessenthaler dragged the scores back to 2-2 after that but it was the visitors’ Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro who struck the decisive blow with nine minutes left to play.
It’s a win which leaves Shrewsbury four points clear of the drop zone with three games left to play; the next of which takes place tonight away at promotion hopefuls Walsall. Should Sullay bag another important goal for Micky Mellon and his players, we will surely be seeing him back in SE25 and around the first-team by August. He looks a real talent.