Highly-rated Irish prospect Jack Byrne gave another timely reminder of his ability with a fantastic performance at Boundary Park on Saturday,
The 21-year-old midfielder, on loan at Oldham Athletic from fellow League 1 side Wigan, took his goal tally to seven for this season in all competitions with two in the 5-1 thrashing of Rotherham, and bagged an assist in the process to round out a tremendous display from the Dubliner.
The former Manchester City man started as he meant to go on with just four minutes on the clock, playing a one-two with defender Rob Hunt before curling a sensational strike past David Cornell, giving the Rotherham keeper absolutely no chance of keeping it out:
— PB (@pbfl81) December 9, 2017
3’ GOAL! Byrne plays a one-two on the edge of the Northampton box and curls and effort into the top corner giving Cornell no chance! Great start! 1-0! #oafc
— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) December 9, 2017
Byrne set up Tope Obadeyi for Oldham’s second with 26 minutes gone, before adding his second and his side’s third on the stroke of half-time in a deeply impressive first half display. Richie Wellens’ side went on to win 5-1, in a result that moves them six points clear of the relegation zone.
For Byrne on a personal level, meanwhile, it seems that he is finally starting to hit form once again, after a stop-start couple of years that saw him stagnate at Blackburn and Wigan Having lost his place in the Ireland under-21 side in that time (where once he was thought to be knocking on the door of the senior side), if he keeps up this sort of form then it will be impossible for U21 boss Noel King (and club managers in higher leagues) to keep overlooking him.
In this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast, We chat to former Limerick and Cork City striker John O’Flynn about his search for a new club, we discuss Robbie Brady’s injury and recap the latest LOI transfer news.