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A dad who became fed up with his garden being damaged by wayward footballs has invented an innovative new goal.<br />
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Jonathan Cowan, 47, despaired after kickabouts in his garden led to broken greenhouses, plants and annoyed neighbours.<br />
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And research reveals that youngsters pretending to be Wayne Rooney on the lawn cause a staggering 94 million pounds worth of damage each year.<br />
Now Mr Cowan has come up with a solution - a goal with a vast backstop net that prevents stray balls from going over and wide.<br />
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The net of the 'Open Goaaal' stretches between two poles and can be tailored depending on size of the garden.<br />
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The study, carried out by Open Goaaal, found the average family spends 71 pounds a year fixing household items damaged by stray footballs.<br />
And over a fifth (22 per cent) of people have been forced to fix damaged goods in the last year. SEE OUR COPY FOR MORE DETAILS. <br />
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Pictured: Jonathan Cowan and his daughter Tabitha Cowan using the net. <br />
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