By David Robson
Winger Adam McGowan insists there is more to come from him after scoring a wonderful solo goal on his first start for Accies in our 2-0 over Aberdeen ‘B’ at New Douglas Park.
It was his first professional goal and it put the side ahead during the first half as the side progressed to the Quarter Final of the tournament.
McGowan, on his memorable night, said: “It was a massive night for me with my first start. I’m happy I got my goal and to get the win was even better as well. I thought as a team in the second half, we played really well and it could have been more than two on another night.
“Ever since I started playing football, all I wanted to do was score goals. It’s what I love doing. I want this will be the first of many for the club as I know I can bring that to the team and hopefully I am able to.
“Tonight was an important goal given it was the first goal and it settled us down a little bit with them going down to 10 men.”
The teenager is not getting sucked into the limelight too much though and knows he must continue to impress for the youth team to improve and get more appearances for the first team in the future.
He said: “That’s my aim (Playing for the first team). Since the gaffer has come in, I’ve been trying my best to make a good impression and obviously, the first thing I need to do is make sure I do my business with the under 18s and if the gaffer ever needs me then I’m ready.
“Under 18s is the most important thing for me right now, that’s my age group and when we come up (to the first team) we need to continue to set a good standard.”
McGowan and 16-year-old Chrissy McGinn formed a good partnership on the night, and this came as no surprise to the winger who is very familiar with his teammate’s style of play.
He said: “I think we work well together. I’ve played with him for a number of years now and we know what each other is going to do on the ball. I know he’s very quick so if I ever do lose it then I know the two of us will get back in and win the ball back. Tonight, the both of us did well and happy again we got the win.”
McGowan added: “Games like these are massive for us and that’s Hamilton for you, they are always giving young players a chance and when we get that chance then we have to take it. Hopefully, we can continue to do that and get more appearances.”
Now Accies face the winner of Queens Park and Kilmarnock in the Quarter Final. After this result, the 18-year-old is full of confidence and believes his side can go all the way.
He said: “We need to believe we can go all the way and I think we’re a good enough team. If we just keep doing what we’re doing, then there’s no reason why we can’t keep this unbeaten run going.”