“A DREAM come true” is how Zak Ansah labelled his goal-scoring debut for Plymouth Argyle in their 3-0 victory over Cheltenham Town.
After goals from Reuben Reid either side of half-time put the Pilgrims comfortably in control of the key Sky Bet League 2 game against the Robins, Charlton Athletic loanee Ansah got his first shot at first-team football, coming off of the bench with 20 minutes to go.
With the result all-but sealed and the hosts pushing forward for a goal, the Greens created a number of chances via some excellent football towards the end, with Ansah stinging the palms of keeper Trevor Carson on two occasions before his big moment arrived.
In plenty of space on the right flank, Anthony O’Connor whipped in a fantastic cross that Zak expertly glanced into the far corner, putting the perfect finishing touch on a day that Zak has been anticipating for quite some time.
“It was really exciting, and it’s a dream come true when you make your debut and win the game,” said Zak. “I even scored a goal to top it off, which is just the icing on the cake.
“I saw the ball come in and just looked to get a good connection on it. Luckily it went into the bottom corner.
“It’s one of the best feelings I’ve had so far in my life, especially to do it in front of all the fans. You can’t get better than that. The fans were brilliant today.”
Those aforementioned 1,442 members of the Green Army in attendance at Whaddon Road witnessed one of Argyle’s most cultured and assured showings of the season, and the 20-year old forward was delighted to be a part of an excellent team performance, offering specific praise to his fellow strikers.
“In the second half it was a top-drawer [performance],” said Zak. “On a difficult pitch we passed the ball well. We scored two goals in the second half and could have got a few more.”
On the subject of Reid and Lewis Alessandra, Ansah said: “They were terrific today. Both in the first and second half, they caused their defence problems for the whole 90 minutes.
“I am happy with my performance today, but the result for the team was the most important thing.”