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Watch: Young Irish Defender Grabs Smashing Header Against Arsenal

Watch: Young Irish Defender Grabs Smashing Header Against Arsenal
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Travelling to the Emirates Stadium for a Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal tonight, however severe the changes to Unai Emery's side, Blackpool knew they were in for a tough night. Up step Irish defender Paudie O'Connor.

2-0 down with just 50 minutes played, League One's Blackpool may well have concluded that their race in this competition was run.

However, when Matteo Guendouzi received a second yellow-card and Arsenal dropped down to 10-men, the team who once entertained the Premier League with their cavalier attacking football rallied.

Earning a corner from a deflected cross, Paudie O'Connor, a Limerick-born defender on loan from Leeds United, drilled home a header with some aplomb.

On a night of some pretty exciting Carabao Cup action, the Irishman's contribution did not go unnoticed.

Formerly of Limerick FC in the League of Ireland, the 21-year-old made his move to Leeds United in 2017.

Playing a handful of games for the club, Paudie O'Connor is spending this season out on loan with the League One club.

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In the end tonight, O'Connor's goal would prove little more than a consolation; Arsenal seeing the game out 2-1 with their 10-men.

See Also: Watch: Tom Rogic Scores Absolute Beauty Of A Goal To Put Celtic Ahead


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