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Maloney 'Buzzing' After Opening Blues Account

Winger scored in Leasing.com Trophy victory

3 December 2019

Leon Maloney celebrates with Brett Pitman after scoring for Pompey against Northampton
Photo: Sean Ryan

A second round Leasing.com Trophy tie against Northampton is probably not a game that will live long in the memory for many.

But it was an unforgettable occasion for Leon Maloney, who was on target at Fratton Park to score his first senior goal.

The teenage winger stooped to head home a Marcus Harness cross late in the first half and draw Pompey level.

And with Harness then netting a stunning volley after the break, Maloney was able to cap off his personal achievement with a win.

He said: “I was buzzing. I just closed my eyes and kind of waited for the ball to fall in, so I didn’t really see what happened.

“It’s weird because the ball hit my head and then it felt like a year before everyone started to celebrate around me.

"I just closed my eyes and kind of waited for the ball to fall in, so I didn’t really see what happened."

Leon Maloney

“As soon as that happened then I obviously knew it had gone in, so I can’t wait to watch it back. It’s a great feeling.

“The boys were all asking me if it was my first pro goal and scoring it at Fratton Park is something I’m never going to forget.”

Pompey fell behind to Michael Harriman’s header, but recovered to book their place in Thursday night’s draw for the third round.

Maloney said: “It was a strong team that we put out and although we started a bit slowly, we grew into the game well.

“I thought we dominated for most of it after the first 20 minutes of adjusting to their shape. The lads put in a great shift.

“We’re on a roll in the league and the cup competitions, and the important thing is that we keep winning games.

“Now I’ve just go to try to keep up the momentum and hopefully get a few more minutes on the pitch if I can.”


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