Promising Irishman Conor O’Shaughnessy made his debut off the bench as Leeds United began the season in style by defeating Bolton Wanderers 3-2.
Leeds were 2-0 up after just half an hour following goals from Kalvin Phillips and Chris Wood before Gary Madine pulled one back. Phillips added his second just minutes later before former Premier League super sub Adam Le Fondre brought it back to 3-2.
Eunan O’Kane featured for the home side while Josh Cullen, on loan from West Ham lined out for Bolton with O’Shaughnessy getting his first taste of senior football.
The highly rated 21-year-old came on in the 64th minute, replacing Everton loanee Matthew Pennington.
O’Shaughnessy is a midfielder by trade but saw out the end of the game at centre half where he is equally adept. Standing at an imposing 6’3, the youngster protected his side from a Trotters comeback.
A native of Galway, O’Shaughnessy joined Leeds from Reading last season and caught the eye of the clubs new boss Thomas Christiansen. The player’s only international honours have come at under-15 level but there is no doubt he will hope to break into Noel Kings under-21 outfit.
O’Shaughnessy will be hoping to catch the eye in England – and produce more moments like this:
Here is footage of the powerful midfielder with a fantastic strike, blasting the ball into the back of the net last season while on trial at Leeds.
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Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena