Young striker delighted with FA Youth Cup hat-trick
Hat-trick hero Jason Williams was rendered speechless after his goals helped Southend United U18s into the Second Round of The FA Youth Cup on Tuesday evening.
Williams scored a 79th minute winner after visitors Maidstone United had cancelled out his first-half brace, and the second-year centre-forward was delighted to have played such a prominent part in the success.
“Just seeing the ball go over the line for the third goal was the best feeling I’ve ever had. I was so relieved,” he said. “I’m claiming the first goal. It was good to get a hat-trick, and hopefully I can keep on scoring goals.”
The 18-year-old has now scored ten in 2013/14, and he was pleased to find the target again after a month without a goal: “It had been two games where I hadn’t scored, and it had started to get frustrating.”
“I lost a bit of confidence, but once you get back into your scoring boots, you just feel good again. I think I can keep going and score more goals now,” he predicted.
Williams also admitted that he was surprised by the threat Maidstone posed, leaving him exhilarated with the eventual victory: “I’m speechless. I don’t know what to say. We didn’t expect Maidstone to be as good as they were, but you have to give all the credit to them.”
“They stopped us from playing and they did well but, as Rick [Duncan] was saying in the changing-room, the team spirit within us keeps on overcoming teams when we aren’t playing well. For the last three weeks we’ve been grinding out results and it was good enough again tonight.”
Southend finished the match with a young side on the pitch, and Williams paid tribute to his team-mates as well as the part that the crowd played in the success: “Credit to the boys because there were eight first-years involved and it was the first time they’ve ever played in The FA Youth Cup.”
“They were playing in front of a home crowd and they were eager to make an impression, especially in front of the gaffer and the assistant manager. It’s good for them and hopefully we can progress further this year. It was a great atmosphere and it was so exciting.”
“The next round should be good. I reckon Oxford will be a tough test, but I’ve no doubt that we can come through, although hopefully we won’t have to grind out the result again!” he declared.