Harry Charsley admitted he thought he had marked his “dream” Everton debut with his first senior goal.
The 21-year-old forced goalkeeper Anastasios Kissas into a flying early save with a curling first-time effort from the edge of the box.
Although he operated as a left-back in Nicosia, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has played much of his youth football in midfield and was the Under-23s’ joint leading scorer as they scooped the inaugural Premier League 2 crown last term.
And Charsley believes on another day he might have had a stellar senior strike to add to his scrapbook.
“I was gutted, to be honest,” the youngster told evertontv. “I caught it well but it was just unlucky, wasn’t it?
“I found out from Unsy on Monday that I was playing. I was obviously delighted and just really looking forward to the game.
“I really enjoyed every minute of it and it really was a dream come true.”
Charsley helped the Blues record a third win in the space of eight days - and third clean sheet.
And the makeshift full-back admits he was happy with his night’s work.
He managed 91 minutes at the GSP Stadium before making way for Alex Denny - the pair being two of five Everton debutants in the Cypriot capital.
“I’m not usually playing as a full-back but when I do that’s really important - I’m really happy that we got a clean sheet,” he added.
“Hopefully there’s more to come now. I’ve just got to keep working hard every day and see where it takes me.”