Jack Byrne got off to a scoring start at Oldham as his new side went 4-3 down to Charlton Athletic.
The 21-year-old joined one Latics side for another as he departed Wigan Athletic on a six month loan. Oldham, who are managed by ex-Ireland international John Sheridan, also saw Dubliner Eoin Doyle net for them as they lost to a Charlton side inspired by an early Ricky Holmes wonder goal.
Byrne scored a late goal in the 82nd minute as Oldham reduced the deficit to one only for the Addicks to hold on. Byrne started the game and was impressive throughout. Byrne has only made two appearances for parent club Wigan after joining from Manchester City.
The Dubliner is still considered one of Ireland’s best young prospects despite dropping down to League One after a strong start to his career.
Byrne caught the eye while on loan in Holland with Cambuur, staring for the club against the likes of PSV and Ajax.
Unfortunately, he has struggled since his return and endured a torrid time on loan with Blackburn Rovers. Despite impressing early in the season, Byrne was mysteriously left out of the squad on a regular basis before returning to Manchester City.
Byrne’s tidy left footed 20 yard strike was a demonstration of his tremendous ability. A run of games for Oldham could resurrect his career and under the guidance of Sheridan could force his way back into the Wigan side when his loan expires.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena