BILLY Kee admits he has gone from down in the dumps to on cloud nine after a stunning week in his career.
The Stanley teenager got a call up to his first Northern Ireland senior squad which lost to Slovenia in the World Cup qualifier last Wednesday night and then came off the bench to head Stanley to an important win against Darlington on Friday.
"I can’t quite believe it," said the Leicester loan man.
"I have gone from being down in the dumps to being on a high.
"The call-up to the full Northern Ireland squad was a total shock. I had played for the Under 21s and thought I had done ok but nothing special and then Kyle Lafferty got injured and I got called up.
"It was the best moment in my career so far and the atmosphere at Windsor Park was fantastic.
"The Accrington fans make enough noise jumping up and down for the full 90 minutes and it was the same as that except there were 30,000 fans. It was unbelievable.
"I didn’t get on and I would have loved to have made my Northern Ireland senior debut but it was great being around people like Jonny Evans and Stephen Craigan and just being part of the team. It was huge."
The 18-year-old returned to Accrington and was on the bench for the start of the lively clash with Darlington but came off it with 12 minutes to go and scored a late winner.
"Jimmy Bell said to me as I was going on "You will score." I just laughed but I hoped I would.
"And, with my first touch, I was one-on-one with the keeper and the ball hit him in the face.
"I don’t think he knew anything about it and I was sure it would be a goal.
"But then I got another chance and it was a huge relief when it hit the back of the net. It was brilliant.
"I have been desperate to score this season and been waiting for my first league goal so when it went in I just felt relieved. And then for it to be the winner meant it was extra special. We needed to win that game.
"Now I just want to get a regular place in the side and score more goals for Accrington," added Kee who is on loan initially until January 1.