MAGIC MO­MENT

Yeovil Town loa­nee Shayon Har­ri­son re­flects on his first se­nior goal

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ben Baker

SHELL-SHOCKED Yeovil fans watched in hor­ror last week­end as their team con­spired to throw away a three-goal lead in the fi­nal few min­utes against West Coun­try ri­vals Ex­eter.

But there were two men with a vested in­ter­est in the Glovers that would have still left St James Park with smiles on their faces – and that was all down to Shayon Har­ri­son net­ting his first League goal.

Tot­ten­ham striker Har­ri­son scored against Ital­ian gi­ants In­ter Mi­lan in pre­sea­son and made his se­nior Spurs bow as a sub in a 2-1 de­feat by Liver­pool at An­field in the EFL Cup in Oc­to­ber.

But the 19-year-old joined Yeovil in Jan­uary and, in just his sec­ond League Two start (pre-week­end he’d also made eight sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances), he scored his first-ever se­nior goal to put the Glovers two goals to the good.

Beam­ing

Har­ri­son was sub­sti­tuted in the 77th minute and then saw his side add a third sec­onds later, be­fore some­how throw­ing the three points away as Ex­eter staged their re­mark­able re­cov­ery.

While that did dampen the mood some­what, Har­ri­son was still beam­ing, es­pe­cially since his fa­ther, Ayo, and Tot­ten­ham Un­der-23 coach Matt Wells were there to share the mo­ment with him,

“First and fore­most, it would have been nice to get the three points, too,” said Har­ri­son. “We did ev­ery­thing spot-on for 85 min­utes.

“It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing when you’re 3-0 up and don’t get the three points. But it was just one of those games and we will do our best to fin­ish the sea­son as strongly as pos­si­ble.

“I was re­ally, re­ally pleased to score my first goal. It was re­ally im­por­tant to get it as early as pos­si­ble and I am re­ally hop­ing to kick on now and score more.

“The fact that my dad was there, too, made it even bet­ter. It was a re­ally spe­cial mo­ment. He only told me the day be­fore that he was com­ing. He had a feel­ing I would score so he made the late de­ci­sion to be there.

“I was happy to have him there to cel­e­brate my first goal with me as he has given me a lot of sup­port over the years.

“It was also nice to have my coach from Spurs there, too. I speak to him quite a lot dur­ing the week and I was glad that he saw me score. I am re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of the ef­fort ev­ery­one has put in to get me where I am.”

In join­ing Yeovil on loan, Har­ri­son con­tin­ued a tra­di­tion of play­ers who have swapped Spurs for the Glovers, with Ryan Ma­son, An­dros Townsend, Steven Caulker and Jonathan Obika all hav­ing made the trip west.

And Har­ri­son is glad he is get­ting a taste of the lower leagues.

“I spoke to a few of the lads who had come to Yeovil be­fore me and they all had noth­ing but good things to say,” added Har­ri­son.

“There was Mase, An­dros, as well as Jonathan Obika and Steven Caulker and they all told me what a good ex­pe­ri­ence it was.

“And I am re­ally en­joy­ing be­ing here. The lads are great and ev­ery­one has been re­ally help­ful.”

PIC­TURE: Gra­ham Hunt/ProS­ports

OFF THE MARK: Shayon Har­ri­son (39) is mobbed by team-mates af­ter scor­ing against Ex­eter, pic­tured in­set. Also in­set, Har­ri­son play­ing for Spurs against Liver­pool

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