Iwan Morgan ‘over the moon’ after first U18s goal
Iwan Morgan was over the moon after opening his goalscoring account for Swansea City Under-18s in their draw with Nottingham Forest.
The 15-year-old striker, who joined the club earlier in the campaign, was on target for the first time as the young Swans twice came from behind to earn a point at Landore.
Leading the under-18s line for the third successive game, Morgan received the ball in the area after Rio Campbell regained possession, before clinically dispatching the opportunity.
Making his sixth appearance for the under-18s, the youngster produced a mature performance and more than held his own at the spearhead of the attack.
Morgan, who previously spent nine years in the academy ranks at Cardiff, is hopeful that his maiden strike will pave the way for more to follow.
“It was an amazing feeling. I didn’t realise the ball was going to come to me that quickly,” he said.
“In my head, I was just telling myself to hit the target and make the goalkeeper work.
“Luckily enough, it went in and I was over the moon.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a while now. As a striker, you must be patient.
“You see so many players who don’t manage to score for a while but once they get that goal, they’re flying.
“Hopefully, I can get a few more now.”
Operating as the lone striker, Morgan worked unselfishly once again for the benefit of the team.
He never stopped running, chased every cause and won his fair share of duels with the Forest defence.
Morgan expressed his gratitude to under-18s coach Byron Anthony for giving him the chance to stake his claim, and knows he must subsequently repay that faith every time he steps on the pitch.
“You’re not always going to score, but you’ve got to impact the game as much as you can – with and without the ball,” he added.
“I must make sure I keep that number nine shirt.
“Byron’s put a lot of trust in me when other coaches may not have given me that opportunity.
“It’s good for the coach to see you don’t mind putting in an extra yard for the rest of your team-mates.
“Giving me that opportunity is massive and I thank him for it.
“Now, I must keep working hard so he has no other option but to pick me.”