National League South: St Albans City match-winner Percy Kiangebeni in no mood to stop the good times from rolling
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 September 2018
Copyright - Leigh Page 2018
Percy Kiangebeni wants his dazzling solo goal to be the start of more consistent performances from the talented midfielder.
The 21-year-old had his finest game in a St Albans City shirt this season, scoring the second in a 2-0 win at home to Concord Rangers.
It was enough to give him the man-of-the-match prize, greeted with great applause by the Clarence Park faithful, but he knows this could be the first of many with just a bit more improvement.
He said: “I’m a really happy man. Since I’ve been here I’ve never won the man-of-the-match so I’m delighted.
“I think I could have done a lot better [this year]. I’ve had a mix of games, some better than others.
“I just want to get that level of consistency going.
“I have been working on my fitness, something Ian and Glen have been helping me with outside of training.
“And I want to work on my shooting as well.”
There was nothing wrong with his shooting in the 73rd minute mind you, as he bagged his first of the season and sixth as a Saint.
But that said, this strike was all about the twinkle-toed approach play as he slalomed his way through the Beachboys’ defence.
And when asked to describe it, the mischievous twinkle that has been a characteristic of his time at Clarence Park appeared in his eyes.
“It was just a moment of madness I think,” he said with a grin. “I saw the goal, threw in a few step-overs which I’ve been trying to do for a long time, and went through 10 players.
“No, I’m joking, I just beat a few players and hit it with my left foot.”
His manager was delighted with his performance too.
Ian Allinson said: “Sometimes he does do it in the wrong areas but he was outstanding today.
“He’s coming on. He’s working hard on his fitness away from the club and if he performas like that, we’re the ones who are going to benefit.
“He certainly deserves his man-of-the-match award.”
The win was St Albans’ third in a row, a run that has catapulted them back into the top half of the National League South table.
And Kiangebeni believes there is no reason that the good times can’t continue.
He said: “Since we’ve brought in the new defenders and had a reshuffle with the squad, I think we’re really strong.
“And I think we can continue to go on and roll over teams.”