Carlisle manager Greg Abbott hailed teenage substitute David Symington's 30-yard equaliser as goal of the season and Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws was in agreement.

Symington had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he delivered a thunderbolt, which earned Carlisle a share of the spoils in a closely-fought encounter at Brunton Park.

Former Carlisle striker Karl Hawley had given Scunthorpe a 52nd-minute lead, but Symington drew Carlisle level with a blistering 30-yard free-kick which gave Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe no chance as it tore into the roof of the net.

Abbott said: "Both sides deserved to take a point. In the first half you could tell we had had a week off, but in the second half we put them on the back foot a bit more. I thought our play deserved a reward, but I didn't think it would come like that.

"David is capable of that and he nearly got us a winner late on. It's the best goal I have ever seen. If it had been in the Premier League it would have been goal of the season. It was an unbelievable strike."

The Carlisle manager also had words of praise for recent signing Sean O'Hanlon. The arrival of the former Hibernian central defender has stiffened a shaky back four. Abbott said: "I think we have found a real number five. He is tough, brave and honest."

Iron manager Brian Laws admitted: "Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say you conceded a goal you could do nothing about. People will look at it on TV and say it was goal of the season."

But Laws felt his side should have had a free-kick of their own before Symington unleashed his spectacular equaliser.

The former Sheffield Wednesday manager said: "Just before then Paul Reid was pushed in the back and it should have been a foul to him.

"We deserved our lead and my only disappointment is that we didn't add to it as we had some glorious opportunities to finish the game off. However it's another point towards safety and the players are responding magnificently and I can't ask for anything more than that."