MORTON youngster Lewis Strapp says he is delighted to put his injury problems behind him after marking his return to the first team with a dramatic winner against Ayr United.

The Ton's Young Player of The Year endured a whirlwind afternoon, making his first league appearance of the season after coming back from an ankle knock picked up after the Betfred Cup opener against Queen of the South.

Strapp was on the end of an unfortunate own goal, trying to clear a Cammy Smith cross from the danger area, before needing lengthy treatment for a nasty head knock.

He made amends and was at the heart of the Ton’s comeback netting his first goal of the season in dramatic style.

He told the Tele: “I really am delighted with the result, but it shows you just how good a mentality that we’ve got in the dressing room.

“We showed it time and time again last season, that we wouldn’t stop playing till the final whistle.

“We can’t complain with the result at all and what a feeling it was to score the winner.

“It was my first game back in the side since the Queen of the South game in the League Cup and I feel as if I’ve been quite unlucky.

"I've just been picking up a few wee knocks here and there which have kept me out.

“I was unfortunate not to start the Dundee game last week, but I couldn’t be happier to have come back into the team and then score like that.

“It was such a rollercoaster of a game to be honest, there wasn’t a lot I could do with the own goal.

“I wasn’t even able to see their second goal go in because I was getting work done on my eye, so I was annoyed that I couldn’t help the team with that one.

“I redeemed myself at the end and I’m really happy that I was able to do that, but these things happen in football sometimes.

“To be able to go up the other end and score the winner was just phenomenal.”

Strapp admitted that his celebrations were a bittersweet moment as his nearest and dearest weren't at Cappielow to see it.

He hopes that he can celebrate with Morton fans again this season and he wants supporters to return to grounds sooner rather than later.

He said: “I wish the fans were there to celebrate the victory with us.

"All my pals and family would’ve been up in the stands so it would’ve been a special moment.

“It would’ve been incredible to share a moment like that with the fans in and it’s just unfortunate with the circumstances that we’re in.

“They’ll be back sooner rather than later and we all appreciate the support they’re giving us from home."