Southend United loanee Taylor Moore was delighted to get the first senior goal of his career this weekend, as the Shrimpers ran out 2-0 winners against Gillingham.
The 21-year old centre back is on a season-long loan at Roots Hall from Bristol City and secured a win for Chris Powell’s side with the second goal deep into stoppage time. Controversy reigned supreme in the dying embers of the game, with a late Gills equaliser ruled out for not crossing the line, before Taylor Moore snatched his goal.
He told the club’s official website how delighted he was to get the goal.
“It’s been a long time coming really, I’ve had a few shots and a few headers and I’m getting close to 100 professional appearances now and it was a weight on my shoulders so thankfully that’s been lifted. I’m really, really happy.”
The young defender has had several loan spells away from Ashton Gate, at Bury and Cheltenham, and has been capped up to Under 20 level for England. He revealed he is now set to prolong his stay in League One after the two clubs agreed on his future.
“After the Coventry game I had a meeting with the manager here and he had been in touch with Bristol City and everyone’s kind of agreed that they’re happy to let me continue my progression here at Southend and that’s what I wanted as well, so thankfully the manager has been able to agree that, and I’m very happy to be cracking on here and learning as much as possible.”
Moore has had an unusual football upbringing, counting West Ham as one of his youth clubs, but eventually breaking through with Lens in France, where he made four Ligue One appearances.
Moore is a promising centre back clearly enjoying his football at Roots Hall. It was a vital goal and a dramatic end to the first game of 2019 for Chris Powell’s side.
They’re up to ninth now, ten points adrift of the play-off places but certainly far enough away from the bottom six to worry about relegation.