Eagles striker Chris Miller was a target up front all game for his side.
Eagles striker Chris Miller was a target up front all game for his side.

Unforgettable cameo

THRUST into the game with 20 minutes left on the clock and his side trailing 2-1, Angus Elliott was determined to make a lasting imprint on the game.

Imprint he did, as the striker scored with his first touch to level the game, a mere 17 seconds after coming onto the field.

Asked about scoring on debut, 17-year-old Elliott struggled to hold in his excitement as he relived scoring the goal.

"It felt great, because that was my first 11 a-side game, that was the best debut I could possibly dream for, my introduction to senior soccer too," Yamala's Elliott said.

Emerald pair Mick Tominich and Shannon Elford (back to camera) close in on the BITS player.
Emerald pair Mick Tominich and Shannon Elford (back to camera) close in on the BITS player.

"My last official game was five years ago, perfect way to debut.

"It is something to be proud of definitely.

"It all happened pretty quickly, I came on at the kick-off when we went down and pretty much scored straight up.

"Bobby Bracken was sort of in trouble down the line and looking for a cross, so I just tried to put myself into the position where I thought he would get it to and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

The Eagles have been searching for talented young players and may have found their answer in Elliott.

He said he would have played earlier but could not commit to trainings due to work.

"I was still in high school and working when training was on, so I didn't think it was fair to come down and play without training," the Barcelona-fan said.

"Pre-season has been really good and the club has been great; everyone is really supportive to be honest.

"All my junior coaches have been so supportive and helpful, doing the local competitions like the Barraclough Shield helped build my passion for the game.

"I'd like to score another goal for starters… no to become a better player overall, if I score a goal cool, but I want to build myself as an individual and with the team.

"That, and improve my stamina, I felt that in the short time I was on the field, the heat got to me quicker than I expected."

"Good to see Angus go well, to see him score with his first touch was great," Gilmour, whose exceptional saves kept his side in the contest, said.

"He wasn't sure about playing seniors at only 17 and I said to him if you're good enough you are old enough and he proved that.

"There is still a lot for him to learn but that will come with age and experience.

"There were a few fresh faces that all the training in the world doesn't directly equate on match day but we know we are going in the right direction.

"Johnny's goal was sublime, he has been banging those away in training, perfect from him."

Also on debut was player's player Jack O'Brien who lasted the full 90 minutes, and local lads Tom Conway and Cody Rumpf.

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