Chris Glass had a dream debut for Ashington as he scored within two minutes of going on to the field as a substitute in the Colliers agonising 2-2 draw against Blyth Spartans in the semi-final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday.
However, it could have been so much better for the Ashington born midfielder had his header in the 101st minute proved to be the winner.
And 20-year-old Glass, a groundsman who signed for the reserve side Ashington Colliers at the beginning of this season from Percy Main, believed his goal had a good chance of proving decisive.
“It was nerve wracking but I was pleased with my debut,” said the Bedlington-based player.
“And when Andrew Johnson floated over the corner, I moved towards where I thought the ball was going to go, got my head on it and was elated when it hit the back of the net.
“I know I was only a couple of yards out but it was the best feeling ever.”
Dan Maguire cancelled out Glass’s strike five minutes from time, which led to a draw and consequent replay.
“When I scored I reckoned we would have a good chance to go on and win the game and that would have been unbelievable,” said the youngster.
“I thought we were quite unfortunate to concede a late equaliser but we live to fight another day.”
Glass, who replaced Sam Norris, took up his usual position on the left side of midfield.
He added: “I enjoyed it. As soon as I went in dressing rooms beforehand all of the lads made me welcome and there is a good team spirit in the camp.”
Watching Glass from the terraces was Colliers boss David Brown, who said: “I was really pleased for Chris. I know what Andrew Carr who also came on as a substitute in the match is capable of and Glass is a youngster with loads of potential.
“He is very quick and has two good feet and it is up to him to make progress now.”