What a Feeling
"THE best feeling. Honestly the best feeling so far."
That is what Louis Rooney made of his Argyle debut.
The 19-year-old striker scored twice in Argyle's 5-0 home win against Hartlepool, to secure a fifth-place finish for Argyle, which means the second-leg of the play-off semi-final against Portsmouth will be at Home Park.
His first was a spectacular volley in front of the Devonport End that is a contender for goal of the season, and his second a close-range header. Rooney had been on Argyle's bench as an unused substitute on 22 occasions prior to starting against Hartlepool, but had never got on the pitch for Argyle.
"I have waited a long time," Louis said. "To get that opportunity to start and be on the pitch. It's unreal. It really is.
"The standard of football has varied for me this year," said the 19-year-old, "but you have got to play what you get. You have got to play your football. The Peninsula league has been good for me. I have scored goals and it has been 90 minutes every week. To be involved with the first team and the bench, it's been a balance and it has really worked out."
The hard work that Louis has been putting was rewarded all at once as he hit a beautiful volley into the top corner in front of the Devonport end.
"It's unbelievable to be honest," Louis said. "I'm looking forward to seeing that one. If you don't have a go you're not going to score. None of the lads were near me at the time. I had to run straight to the fans.
"[It was] the best feeling, it really got to me when I got that first goal. To go and get the second is even better, the second goal is probably more the type of goal I want to be scoring. Getting in and around that area, but the first one wasn't too bad, was it?"
The result means the Pilgrims can head into the play-offs with confidence, as they face Portsmouth twice in a week.
"That is the best way of doing it," said Louis. "Winning 5-0 and going into the play-offs everyone is going to be quite confident now, and that is the way you have got to be. There is no point going into it having a weary side."