‘A surreal moment which happened so fast’ – Hotspur’s Liam Morris on THAT Island Games final goal

PICTURE by Dai Sinclair.

IN THE summer of 2019, Liam Morris wrote himself into Anglesey football’s history books when he netted an equaliser in the by-now famous gold-winning final at the Island Games football tournament.

The 22-year-old from Llanfairpwll scored an incredible leveller in that game before Mel McGinness went on to win the game for Ynys Môn who won gold for the first time since the 90’s.

That match was played in front of a crowd of around 3,000 spectators at Holyhead Hotspur’s New Stadium as Campbell Harrison’s men triumphed against Guernsey.

Attacker Morris, who scored three goals in total in that tournament, described his goalscoring moment in the final as ‘surreal’.

He said: “It was an unreal campaign as a whole all – everyone just clicked and worked together as a unit the whole tournament. As for scoring in the final, it was just a surreal moment and a surreal goal as it all happened so fast on the day.”

Morris (19) with the rest of then Ynys Môn squad of 2019. PIC: Dai Sinclair

Morris’ playing career at senior level began with home village club Llanfairpwll, aged 17, having spent his younger years with the same club, as well as Talwrn and Bangor City’s academy.

Having won the NWCFA Junior Cup with Llanfair’s Reserves side, a brief spell with Bethesda Athletic was followed by a return to Llanfair, where he went on to become a star player, even finishing as top scorer one season.

From then, a move to Gaerwen followed, where Morris ended up top scorer once more with 24 goals at the end of the 2017/18 season, before he signed for Llangefni Town for the following season.

It was whilst he was with Town that Morris really began to catch the eye of many players, coaches and fans alike with sole brilliant performances.

The 2018/19 campaign was a memorable for both player and club as Morris was top scorer for a third time in his career with 22 goals to his name and Llangefni won Welsh Alliance One and the Cookson Cup following a game in which Morris scored the only goal of the game in the final against Penrhyndeudraeth.

That season, he says, is the highlight of his senior career to date.

Morris with the Cookson Cup in 2019. PIC: Llangefni Town FC

Despite Llangefni Town moving up to the JD Cymru North (tier two) for the 2019/20 season, Morris switched his allegiances to league rivals Conwy Borough.

Last summer, Morris returned to the island as he signed for Holyhead Hotspur – being one of four 2019 Ynys Môn men’s team players to do so in 2020 (alongside Mel McGinness, Jay Gibbs and Cai Powell-Roberts) and joining up with fellow Ynys Môn representatives Alex Jones and Dean Garmey who were already at the club of course.

Hotspur were promoted back to the JD Cymru North as a result of winning Welsh Alliance One in 2019/20. However, they are still awaiting the chance to play a tier two match due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When football does return for the club though, Morris should prove to be a brilliant addition to Darren Garmey’s side. He’s a joy to watch and a brilliant finisher, who at 21, still has so much more to give in the game.

Looking ahead to the future, Morris said: “I just want try to play at the highest level as I possibly can as I’m still only young

“I miss everything about football but the main thing I miss has to be the winning feeling after a tough game. It doesn’t get much better than three points!”

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