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an own goal

1. In sports, a goal that a player accidentally scores for the opposing team. I can't believe we lost the championship because of an own goal. I was trying to get the puck out of our zone, but I scored an own goal—how mortifying!
2. An action pursued because it seems beneficial but that ultimately has a detrimental effect. Sheila's speech was supposed to win her more supporters, but it became an own goal once she started ranting off-topic. The law seemed promising, but it has generated such strong opposition that it's become an own goal for the president.
See also: goal, own

an own goal

BRITISH
COMMON An own goal is a course of action which is intended to bring you an advantage and which instead causes a problem for you. It was a classic own goal by the fashion house. They brought their prices down to attract more customers but lost the high-end customers that they already had. Note: In sports such as football and hockey, if someone scores an own goal, they accidentally score a goal for the team they are playing against by knocking the ball into their own net.
See also: goal, own
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THE Press Association, by whose decisions bookmakers abide when settling disputed goal-scorer bets, have decided England's second goal was an own goal, writes Bruce Millington.
Andrew Waine and Andrew Richardson pounced with first-half finishes in Bethany City Church's 4-1 success over YAV SIFF, an own goal and a Paul Robinson strike guaranteeing the points.
COMPASSION The only player who comes close to matching that tally, in the highest reaches of the British game at least, is Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne, who has scored nine own goals in the Premiership.
Thus, it has always a been wise practise to back no goalscorer rather than 0-0 in case a match finishes 1-0 to either side courtesy of an own goal.
Town, however, triumphed thanks to Judd Donohoe, Jordan Frost, George Convery and an own goal.
A lot of players would let an own goal affect them but not Dunney.
An Ivan Obradovic own goal put the visitors ahead and after Jarosik downed Diego Barral and was red-carded, Diego Castro buried the penalty.
DEREK RIORDAN has been told by the SPL to forget about his claims for a double in Hibs' win over Falkirk on Saturday after ref David Somers recorded the striker's opener as an own goal.
CLARK KELTIE'S own goal saw Dagenham & Redbridge secure their survival as they came from two goals down to beat 10-man Darlington.
The Blues boss was left to rue his team's late aberration after Joleon Lescott scored an own goal in injury time at Stamford Bridge to hand Chelsea the lead going into the second leg at Goodison.
To lose one own goal may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness, as the great Oscar might have said.
ALAN REEVES and Barry Hunter scored an own goal apiece as Swindon emerged triumphant in a thriller.
Fair enough but, as most supporters could see, it was, in fact, an Ian Richardson own goal.
Paul Austin of the Spread Betting Association said yesterday that an industry-wide decision would be made about whether to settle an own goal by Denmark keeper Thomas Sorensen to award it to Rio Ferdinand.