Yesterday evening, Exeter City made it to the League Two play-off final after a 3-1 home victory over Lincoln City that saw Crystal Palace academy graduate Hiram Boateng score an absolute wondergoal to put the hosts into a 2-0 lead.
WATCH: Boateng's wondergoal!
Hiram Boateng runs almost the entire length of the pitch before crashing a second in off the post! Is that the goal that takes Exeter to Wembley?
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 17, 2018
Following a tense and nervy first leg, Paul Tisdale’s Grecians looked keen to use the home advantage offered to them by the St James’ Park crowd from the first whistle yesterday evening, and put themselves into a 27th minute lead thanks to Jayden Stockley.
It wasn’t until just after the interval that Hiram Boateng made his mark on the game, picking up the ball in his own half before driving powerfully up field, much to the fear of his covering defenders. Having always been confident in possession whilst at Palace, it was little surprise to see him making such purposeful strides up the pitch, although the split second that saw him cut inside and guide a beautiful effort in off the post from the edge of the box did leave me with a huge, childlike grin plastered across my face.
You will always have supporters who see former academy stars making waves and choose to vent their frustration at the club for ever letting them go but in my mind, it’s just good to see a player we have nurtured carving out a successful career for himself in the professional game.
Still only 22 and with all the physical and technical attributes to play at a higher level than League Two if he continues to work hard, I for one hope to see Hiram making his way through the divisions in the next few years. With goals like the one attached above within his armory, you can be sure one or two scouts have already raised their eyebrows; let’s hope he has a similar impact in the final at Wembley on 28th May.