Caleb Watts spoke of his delight after scoring his first goal for Morecambe against Everton U21s on Tuesday night.
Watts’ 34th minute header came two minutes after Sean McAllister’s equaliser which followed Jensen Weir’s 17th minute opener.
A further three goals in the second half, which came from Isaac Price, Tom Cannon and Farrend Rawson, took the tie to penalties, which Anthony O’Connor eventually won for the Shrimps as the home side ran out 7-6 winners.
“I’ve been looking forward to getting off the mark,” Watts explained.
“Hopefully now I can just get one in the league, then we’ll be cooking!
“I’m still pretty surprised by that [scoring a header], I shut my eyes and hoped, but I’ll take them, whatever way they come.
“I think we’ve got a pretty confident team, so we’re really confident going into those [penalty shootouts], everyone backs themselves and we came away with the winner again.”
Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy victory over the young Toffees saw Watts make his first start for the Shrimps, as he went on to play all 90 minutes.
Following his display, the 20-year-old hopes he was able to impress and believes he can take confidence from his performance.
He continued: “That [showing what he can do] is all you can do.
“I haven’t played in a while, especially last year [due to injury], so I’m just getting into the swing of things, hopefully I’ve convinced the manager he can trust me and hopefully I’ll be available for more minutes going on.
“Going a stretch without playing is always quite difficult but having the 90 minutes to get the ball at your feet and do what you do, a player like me, [there’s] nothing better.
“The manager makes the decisions, I’ll just keep showing up and, when he decides it’s my time, I’ve just got to be there to take it.”