Torquay goalkeeper Cavolan Cavagnari scores dramatic injury time equaliser against Hartlepool

He’s not just great with his hands! Torquay goalkeeper Cavolan Cavagnari scores dramatic injury-time header to equalise against Hartlepool in National League play-off final – and to force extra-time at Ashton Gate

  • Torquay goalkeeper Cavolan Cavagnari scored the equaliser in play-off final
  • Hartlepool were in front but Cavagnari headed in during last minute of the game
  • Goal sparked wild celebrations among Torquay players and fans at Ashton Gate 

Torquay goalkeeper Cavolan Cavagnari scored an incredibly dramatic stoppage time equaliser against Hartlepool in the National League play-off final.

With Hartlepool leading 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Luke Armstrong, it looked as if they were going to secure promotion with the game entering the final minute of stoppage time at the end of the second half. 

Cavagnari, however, had other ideas, with the Brazilian shot-stopper latching onto a free-kick to head in and spark wild celebrations at Ashton Gate.

Hartlepool goalkeeper Brad James attempted to intervene but was unable to get to the ball before Cavagnari.

Cavagnari is in his second season at Torquay having joined from Worthing in 2019.  

Torquay finished in second place in the National League, with Hartlepool ending up in fourth.