The 26-year-old former Scotland U21 striker struck three times to give his new club, The New Saints, an incredible 4-2 win over the Czech Republic First Division side Viktoria Plzen in the first leg of their Europa Conference League third qualifying round at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Having hammered five goals past the Lithuanian side BC Zalgiris in their opening leg to register the biggest victory by a Welsh League side in Europe, they finished off the job with a 5-1 home win to go through with an aggregate score of 10-1.
They may be five goals to the good, but Anthony Limbrick won’t let The New Saints go off the boil when they welcome FK Kauno Žalgiris to Park Hall for their return-leg second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.
Anthony Limbrick’s side scored twice in as many minutes in their first game at home in front of fans for 16 months and not only had a win over the Irish league big-spenders, but also bagged an extra 300k euros to go on top of the 250k euros they received for qualifying.
George Horan put himself in line for a slice of Champions League history last week when he tapped home a 79th minute equaliser for Welsh Premier champions Connah’s Quay Nomads against the FC Alashkert.
Last season was the Nomads’ first foray into the top tier of European football and they were beaten in the first qualifying round by Sarajevo. They took their home game last year to Cardiff City Stadium and this time Morrison has elected to take the Armenians to Aberystwyth.
Top of the table The New Saints were hoping to deliver a third win on the bounce for their new manager Anthony Limbrick, but couldn’t find the target as easily as they had done last weekend in the firsthalf of their clash with Penybont at Park Hall.
With 10 games to go to decide who wins the title – phase two sees the top six sides split from the bottom six to play in the Championship section – Morrison believes his team can hang onto their crown.
Reigning champions Connah’s Quay Nomads, The New Saints, Bala Town and Barry Town United are already safe in the top six, but Penybont, Caernarfon Town and Haverfordwest County have one game to go to try to secure their place in the top tier