Around 15 y.o., I was playing Boys Club football when I was informed that a scout from AFC would be coming to watch me in the near future. It was during a match against Kingswells at Hazelhead Park that I saw someone who wasn't one of the dads or coaches and assumed that must be him. I was ok with that because I'd started well in that game, making an assist in the first five mins. In fact, a flurry of goals meant it was 2-1 to us after about 15 minutes of the match. Well, I then proceeded to have a terrible game. Horrendous. I knew he couldn't have been impressed by what he saw and felt my chance slipping away. The game reached the last minute and it was still 2-1 to us. The opposition won a corner kick and sent their big men up from defence to try to get an equaliser. It worked. One of their centre backs got his head on the corner kick and it hit the back of the net. 2-2. While they were celebrating I saw this as my opportunity. The stage was set. I told my teammate to knock the ball to me at the restart and let me do the rest. The whistle went and I ran with the ball at the whole opposition team, past the forwards, past the midfielders, through the defence, rounded the keeper and passed the ball into the empty net. 3-2 us with the last kick of the ball. It was literally the best goal I'd ever scored. Everyone was going crazy and my teammates sprinted over to pile on top of me. As I came out from underneath the bodies, I looked to the side to see what the scout was making of it...I couldn't see him! He'd already left 10 mins early having seen nothing to convince him he wasn't wasting his afternoon. Drew Jarvie from AFC called me on the Monday and said they wouldn't be pursuing the matter any further & wished me well for the future. I was so gutted. I always wondered what would have happened if the scout had stayed til the end to see that winning goal. It took me a long time to just enjoy football for its own sake after that. I'd always had that dream of being a professional and without that possibility at the end of the line, I struggled. I don't think I'd have made it anyway. And lots of people have "nearly" stories like this. But that's mine!