MATTY Burrows has promised Glentoran fans that his spectacular goal on Tuesday night will be the first of many in the red, green and black.
The striker opened his top flight account against Bangor, just 40 seconds after coming off the bench to kickstart a Glens revival, with Alan McDonald’s men struggling to find a way past the Seasiders — who had taken a first half lead.
The superb overhead kick was just what the doctor ordered, for all concerned, with the east Belfast men at the time needing the goal as much as Burrows himself.
The former Dundela striker arrived at the title contenders in the summer with a terrific reputation for finding the net in the First Division, but he never really got his chance to shine on the big stage and was farmed out on-loan to Loughgall where he rediscovered his scoring touch.
That was enough to convince McDonald that Burrows could do a job for him and that finally came to fruition on Tuesday.
Of course, one swallow doesn’t make a summer and it would be unfair to place too much pressure on the youngster, however, Burrows has confidence in his own ability and feels he can now start banging them in on a regular basis. And Coleraine — tomorrow’s visitors to the Oval in the JJB Sports Irish Cup — are next up on his hitlist.
“It was great to finally get my first goal and now I’ll be doing all I can to make sure it isn’t the last,” he said.
“It was a good time to score too — it was my first touch and I was only on the pitch for 40 seconds.
“I just saw the ball in the air, it came at a nice height and I thought I’d go for the overhead kick and thankfully it flew in.
“It is definitely one to remember. I know I have to keep going now, but you find that once a striker gets one, he goes on a run so hopefully that will be the case for me.”
Burrows, of course, will not be guaranteed a start tomorrow for the visit of the Bannsiders, with McDonald plumping for the Andy Waterworth/Gary Hamilton partnership up front while Michael Halliday is having to settle for a place on the bench these days too.
A change of formation with Hamilton dropping back into a role behind two strikers could see Burrows brought in, but McDonald is unlikely to take that risk in such a big game against tough opposition.
Whatever way the Glens boss chooses to play, Burrows is just praying he has done enough to ensure he won’t be warming the bench.
“No one wants to be sitting on the bench for games like this and I hope that maybe the goal will give the manager something to think about,” he added.