Centre-back Dan Jefferies was “over the moon” to have grabbed his first senior goal as Dundee Colts edged out Hibs Colts on penalties in the Irn-Bru Cup on Tuesday night.
The Welsh defender leapt highest late on to nod in the equaliser to make it 2-2 and force spot-kicks which the young Dark Blues won 4-3 to book their place in the second round.
Being a senior competition, the goal counts in the record books and Jefferies is hoping it won’t be the last.
He said: “I’m obviously over the moon about the goal!
“I’m speechless – I don’t know what to say after scoring a goal because I don’t do it very often but I’m just happy to help the boys.
“We’re absolutely delighted to get through.
“We’re disappointed we didn’t finish it in the 90 minutes but the boys dug in and then stepped up for the pens.”
Coach Jimmy Boyle was delighted to see his side “stick to their guns” in the victory over Hibs.
Tom Bradbury’s back-post header from Jack Lambert’s cross gave the young Dees the lead before Fraser Murray replied in the first half.
The visitors then took the lead as Sean Mackie smashed past goalkeeper Sam Jackson after he’d made a string of saves.
Jefferies made it a centre-half double for his side, heading in with five minutes left to set up penalties.
Jackson made two saves to give Bradbury the chance to send his side through to the second round, which he did emphatically.
Coach Jimmy said: “When you look at our team, we’re a lot younger than them. We knew it would be a good game, we know what Hibs are about, they are a very good team.
“I enjoyed the way we played, some of the stuff in the first half was excellent but we know they have quality and put us under pressure. I’m pleased we stuck to our guns and we got what we deserved.”
There was plenty to be happy about including an impressive display from winger Cammy Dow.
Jimmy said: “Sam Jackson did great, he’s a confident big boy and I thought Cammy Dow was excellent – he’s a massive Dundee fan as well, which is great.”