Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher, on loan at Barnsley, described his Wembley goal as his best moment of his career after netting in the Johnstone Paint Trophy final.
The 20-year-old got on the scoresheet in Barnsley 's 3-2 final win against Oxford United in Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium. United took a 1-0 lead heading into the break, but a spirited second half comeback meant that Barnsley left Wembley with their first ever win there.
Fletcher had initially joined the Yorkshire club on a one-month loan deal, but due to impressive performances in January, the loan was extended until the end of the season. The Keighley-born forward scored on his professional debut days after the move, in a 1–1 draw with Fleetwood Town in the JPT Northern Area Final 1st leg.
Fletcher's first league goal came in February during a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers, but has admitted that his Wembley goal is something he will never forget in his career.
"It is the best moment of my career at the moment," he told The Yorkshire Post. The young English striker said that "words can't describe situations like that," especially because the final "had definitely been frustrating up until" he scored.
A dream come true
It was obvious to see how much the goal meant to the United loanee, he said "there was a lot of emotion in my celebration" because scoring at Wembley "is what you dream of as a boy".
Fletcher dreamt of Wembley goal
"Scoring in front of the Barnsley supporters was fantastic and I was visualising it in my mind on Saturday night. I didn’t really get much sleep! It has paid off and I can say I have scored at Wembley," he added.
It has been a rollercoaster season for the Tykes who sat in 23rd position in November, before a brilliant turnaround since the turn of the new year, having picked up a total of 38 points from a possible 48. Previous boss Lee Johnson left Oakwell in early February and was replaced by caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom who will be looking to continue Barnsley's push for a play-off place at the end of the season.
Barnsley currently sit in seventh position, four points behind sixth-placed Millwall but have a crucial game in hand on their League One rivals. Heckingbottom's side have back to back home games against Chesterfield and Oldham respectively, who both sit in the bottom half of the table. The confidence of the squad and Fletcher, in particular, could spur the Tykes on to return to Wembley once more.