Limerick man Paudie O'Connor, right, heads home for Blackpool in their Carabao Cup fourth round tie with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Halloween. Picture: Blackpool FC twitter
LIMERICK defender Paudie O’Connor scored with a header, but was later sent off, as his Blackpool side suffered a dramatic 2-1 defeat to Premier League giants Arsenal in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Halloween night.
Twenty one year-old O’Connor, from Ballybrown, rose highest at the far post in the 66th minute to emphatically head the ball past Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal and give League 1 side Blackpool hope of staging a dramatic comeback at 2-1.
O'Connor might well have scored two goals on the night, but was unfortunate to see his 53rd minute effort on goal from another corner come crashing back of the woodwork.
However, former Limerick FC defender O'Connor received a straight red card in the 85th minute for a late challenge on Aubameyang as the Gunners, who also had a player sent-off, held on to record a 2-1 win.
Ballybrown defender Paudie O’Connor joined English League One side Blackpool on a season-long loan deal from Leeds United during the summer.
O’Connor has now made six appearances for Blackpool, currently 12th in League one, since the start of the season.
The Limerickman was an unused substitute for Blackpool in their 3-2 defeat away to Fleetwood Town in their Sky Bet League One clash on Saturday.
Talented young centre-back O’Connor made his first-team debut for Leeds against Sunderland in April 2018 and penned a new contract at Elland Road prior to linking up with Blackpool.
O’Connor’s deal at Leeds will run until the summer of 2020 and the club holds an option to extend this by a further 12 months.
66' - The on-loan Leeds United man is left unmarked from a corner and manages to nod the ball past Petr Cech. (2-1) https://t.co/uNd8ttjM53— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) October 31, 2018
Further Championship appearances for the Limerickman came against Preston North End, Aston Villa and Barnsley towards the end of last season.
O’Connor featured 39 times for Limerick FC in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and First Divisions prior to his switch to Leeds.