John Bostock woke up this morning with the perfect 17th birthday present already in the bag.
The midfielder and our youngest-ever first-team player following his debut against Dinamo Zagreb in November smashed home a 35-yard dream goal to open the scoring in our FA Youth Cup fourth round tie at Charlton on Wednesday night.
He followed up with his second on the hour to put us in complete control of the tie before Jon Obika completed the 3-0 final scoreline at The Valley.
"That's the best goal of my career so far," said John. "I picked up the ball and thought 'I'm playing number 10, so I have to get more shots off' and to just went for it.
"As soon as it left my foot I knew it would cause the keeper problems but I never thought it would end up like that!
"I've not scored too many goals, so to get two like that and help the team get through, I'm delighted."
John was quick to point out that it was a team performance and it needed a collective effort in a competitive first half that saw Calum Butcher clear off the line and Oscar Jansson make a key save just before John's opening goal.
"That's the most important thing," he said. "It was such a relief to score because it relaxed the team. Once the second goal went in you then saw us at our best, popping the ball around and creating chances."
Coach Alex Inglethorpe added: "John has a fantastic strike and we're encouraging him to trust it more. It was ironic, just as I was thinking he was dropping a bit deep he smashed one in from 35 yards! What do I know!
"These are never easy nights, the players were a bit nervous and tense and to have played a good Championship side like Sheffield United and now Charlton and come away 3-0 winners and worthy winners on both occasions is very good."