Goal a dream come true for Dan Williams
Local lad Dan Williams reflected on a dream come true after his first senior goal for Swansea City against Plymouth Argyle helped secure a spot in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Williams opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark as he slotted home from just outside of the box, and he went on to set up Morgan Whittaker's first goal of three in the 79th minute.
The 20-year-old, who has been part of the club since joining the academy at under-eight level, had his family and friends on hand to witness a moment he will savour for the rest of his career.
The midfielder was making just his second senior appearance, having been handed a debut by Russell Martin in the 3-0 victory over Reading in the first round.
“It’s something I’ve dreamt of ever since I was a kid," said Williams.
“It was funny last night; I went to go see my grandfather and he said all you need to do now is add a goal to your name and that’s what I did.”
“Playing in front of them [the Jack Army] was brilliant, to score in front of them made it 10 times better, just hearing them all screaming when the ball hit the back of the net. It’s a special feeling.
“I brought a lot of people to the game, probably too many to mention. A lot of my friends and family came down, which makes it even better. Especially when I can see them in the stands when I’m walking out, it means a lot to me."
Williams proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the midfield alongside Jay Fulton, putting in another assured and composed display as he ended the night having completed 130 passes at an accuracy rate of 95.4 per cent.
The Swans registered 763 passes against the Pilgrims, an indicator of the rapid adaptation to a new style of play from Martin's men It's a style Williams is enjoying.
“I really enjoy the system, it’s a tough system to play but the more we play it, the better we get at it," he added.
"I think you can see as performances are improving, we are getting the hang of it.
“We started the season off with a loss and we’ve had a couple of difficult results. It's two wins in a row, let’s make it three before the international break.”