“It’s a great feeling and I think I’ve repaid the manager for the faith he’s shown in me!”
Grimsby Town youth academy graduate Ahkeem Rose scored his first professional goal for the Mariners’ first-team last weekend.
The 19-year-old striker, who came on as an 80th-minute substitute, scored the only goal in the 1-0 Sky Bet League Two win over Crawley Town at Blundell Park on Saturday.
He said: "As soon as I scored I just thought 'Oh my god, it's happened,' so I'm happy with the goal, and luckily it's the winning goal so it's an even better feeling!"
Rose has made eight appearances in all competitions for Michael Jolley’s side so far this season, after signing a two-year deal at Blundell Park in the summer.
The striker is currently playing alongside fellow academy graduates Harry Clifton and Max Wright in the first-team setup.
The teenager had initially gone out on loan to National League North side Boston United earlier this season, where he scored two goals in three appearances for the Pilgrims.
Rose joined the Mariners’ youth academy as a second-year YT in 2016, playing under Neil Woods – who he had previously worked with at Walsall.
Image credits: Michael White.
Updated 16:48 - 19 Nov 2018 by Adam Smith