Patience is a virtue that will serve Joe Gormley well, according to Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin.
The 20-year-old striker, who scored 61 times in Crumlin Star’s romp to the Amateur League 1C title last season, emerged from the bench on Saturday to seal the Reds’ defeat of Dungannon Swifts with a scintillating strike — his first in the Carling Premiership.
Prior to that, Chris Scannell conversions either side of a Michael Ward leveller had put the Reds in the driving seat and, though the points were secured when Rory Donnelly volleyed home, the loudest roar of the day was reserved for Gormley, who curled a pearler past a helpless Niall Morgan from all of 35 yards.
“The way that goal was celebrated just shows how popular Joe is with everyone here,” said Breslin.
“There was a lot of expectation around him and with that comes pressure, but all I ask of him is that he works hard.
“If he does that then the goals will come — there’s no doubt about that whatsoever.”