Sep 21 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
ALBION ROVERS striker Joseph Acquah believes his first goal for the club couldn’t have been more important.
The Ghanaian forward headed home fellow substitute Chris Hamilton’s cross with just minutes remaining of Saturday’s clash with Stenhousemuir.
Acquah’s effort earned the Cliftonhill men a 1-1 draw as they bounced back from their derby-day defeat to Airdrie.
And the Glasgow-based attacker says it was crucial Rovers avoided a third successive league defeat.
“I’m really excited after getting my first goal for the club,” ‘Larry’ told Advertiser Sport. “It’s an amazing feeling.
“The manager told me to go out and enjoy the game. He said if I created something for the team, that would be perfect.
“That’s what I wanted to do and when Chris crossed the ball into the box, I happened to be in the right place at the right time.
“It was a very important goal. We lost 4-0 last week and that was painful so to get the goal which got us something out of the game was vital.”
Acquah is from the Ghanaian Western Region port city of Takoradi and played with Neilston Juniors last season.
He joined Rovers after bumping into boss Paul Martin at a five-a-side football session and then impressed in a trial match.
“I’m enjoying every minute of my time here,” Acquah added. “I have great team-mates and it’s nice to know I have the support of all of the fans.
“I was with Neilston last season but the manager spotted me playing football at the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow and gave me the chance to play here.
“I scored two goals in my first trial game and I think the manager was excited about that. He asked if I wanted to sign and I said yes.”
Rovers are due to travel to in-form Cowdenbeath this weekend.
Skipper Ciaran Donnelly is suspended but midfielder Ryan McStay is back from a two-match ban.