Goalscorer Brian Garzon revealed that he “felt the love” of the Roots Hall crowd as Southend United U18s defeated Barking 2-0 in The FA Youth Cup Second Round Qualifying.
Garzon added a second on 65 minutes after Jaden Crowhurst had given Blues the lead six minutes after half-time, and he was delighted to have helped the team edge one stage closer to the competition proper.
"It probably is the best goal I’ve scored in my career," he declared. "It’s right up there with the hat-trick [against Stevenage in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup]. It’s given me the inspiration to score more goals and help the team out.
"It was a great team performance. We held the ball well; maybe in the second half we were a bit sloppy but we picked it up and I was delighted to get my goal to help the team get into the next round.”
The midfield playmaker was making his 26th youth team appearance after spending much of last season as understudy to Oli Coker in that role. Having missed out on the First Round defeat to Ipswich Town last season, he was delighted to cap his first appearance in the competition with a goal.
"It was very, very special to score that goal in front of the fans," he beamed. "That gave me more motivation to score; I did try to score another one but that didn’t come. I’m pleased.
"It’s the best feeling ever. Whenever I got the ball I felt the love and everything just came naturally, so it was good to contribute a goal. The crowd gave me more energy and more enthusiasm. It’s great to see the parents happy."
And, after assisting in the quest to see off Barking in Second Round Qualifying, Garzon is eager to find out who Blues will face next in The FA Youth Cup when the draw is made later this week.
"During the week before we were researching them and seeing how they play,” he revealed. "They had a good number 10, but we researched them well and they didn’t do anything in the whole game.
"I’m happy for Fin to keep a clean sheet and we want to keep that going. If we play like that there’s no reason we can’t win the next game," he concluded.