Bryn Morris reflects on Middlesbrough debut in Hastings FA Cup win

BRYN Morris described it as a “massive buzz” to make his Middlesbrough debut on Saturday at the age of 16.

Morris replaced two-goal hero Merouane Zemmama in the 82nd minute in the third round FA Cup tie against Hastings, a game which Boro eventually ran out 4-1 winners.

Defender/midfielder Morris was on the field of play when Ishmael Miller scored Boro’s fourth, and his cameo appearance made him the Teessider’s third youngest ever player and the 42nd academy gradate to play for the club since 1998.

The England under-17 captain told SportMail of his delight: “It was a massive buzz to make my debut.

“It’s obviously what you aim for to get into the first team so I was really pleased.

“There’s a long way to go still but I’ve got my foot in the door now.”

With passage secured into the fourth round draw by the time Morris took to the field against the Ryman League minnows, manager Tony Mowbray encouraged the former High Tunstall pupil to play with freedom.

He went on: “The manager told me and Jordan Jones that we were on the bench on Friday.

“He said that if we were two or three-up at half-time that we’d get on.

“When we scored our third he put me on and he just said to me to get on the ball and drive forward.

“I thought I did well, kept the ball, made a few forward runs and Jordan put me through (in on goal) once but it got intercepted.”