Ronan Curtis scored his sixth goal of the season for Portsmouth on Tuesday night. It was also the winner as Pompey beat Coventry 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena.
Curtis's goal came in stoppage time at the end of the first half. The 22-year-old manufactured the extra space required to get a shot off and then brilliantly stroked the ball beyond the reach of Lee Burge in the Coventry goal.
"I always dreamed of this," Curtis told local paper, The News, after the game.
I wanted to be a footballer. I’m from a big family and I looked up to my brothers playing. If I didn’t make it, it was because I didn’t try hard enough.
But that’s six goals and five assists now. I’m gelling with the lads and enjoying my football. That’s the main thing. I want to enjoy my football, stay confident and work hard for Kenny.
I’ve come here from Derry, I’ve been given a chance and I feel I’ve taken it well
Along with his six goals, the former Derry City striker has five assists this season. It's form which saw him called into the Ireland squad for the friendly against Poland last month.
The win leaves Portsmouth top of League One, three points clear of Peterborough and six clear of Doncaster in third.