Bradley Lethbridge scored his first-ever goal for Portsmouth on Tuesday, which eventually took the game to the penalty shootout that Pompey won, as reported by the club’s official website.
This was only the 18-year-old’s third appearance in blue, with the striker having spent time on loan at Non League Bognor this season.
The goal came when Josh Flint’s shot deflected towards the number 40, who adjusted his feet and sent it towards goal with the inside of his boot, as shown in the highlights video on the Portsmouth FC YouTube channel.
This is a massive boost for Lethbridge, especially as he has claimed he wasn’t even expecting to play in the game, let alone score in it.
His previous first-team appearances had also come in the EFL Trophy, against Tottenham Hotspur U21s and Southend United, as per Transfermarkt, so to score will likely give him more of a chance of featuring in the bigger cup competitions or the league.
However, he does still have John Marquis, Brett Pitman and Ellis Harrison ahead of him in the pecking order, so patience will definitely be required on the teenager’s part – that doesn’t take away from the fact that getting his first senior goal will stand him in good stead though.
It is brilliant that the academy product has managed to come into a first-team game and score in just his third appearance.
He wasn’t the only youngster who put on a good display though, with Alex Bass among the others that did, so Tuesday was definitely an encouraging evening for Pompey.
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