Jack Byrne was in scintillating form for Oldham Athletic this afternoon as he scored twice and set up another in his side's 5-1 victory over Northampton Town in League One.
A sizzling brace from former Man City man either side of a Tope Obadeyi header gave Athletic a 3-0 half-time lead. Byrne's opener was a stunning curled strike from all of 25 yards to get things underway at Boundary Park.
Gevaro Nepomuceno and Craig Davies added the gloss to Oldham's victory, which see's them move six points clear of the relegation zone.
This afternoon's game however was in real danger of being called off because of snow, but credit to the Oldham fan's and some of their non playing first team squad as they helped shift the snow from Boundary Park to ensure that the match went ahead.
Watch Jack Byrne's two goals and assist below:
Some Twitter reaction from the ice cold Jack Byrne this afternoon,
Jack Byrne is quailty
— Gary Parkes (@GarParkes67) December 9, 2017
How the fuck did we get jack Byrne. It’s been a blast. Won’t be back in January that’s for sure
— Wingspan Root (@NathannMayall) December 9, 2017
@Jackb_8 is on 🔥🔥
— Jonathan Moore (@Peanut__10__) December 9, 2017
Decent at the old association, that Jack Byrne.
— Neil Tague (@NeilTague) December 9, 2017
Man like Jack Byrne 👈😎👉
— ben (@pridelmao) December 9, 2017
— Mark McDermott (@Marcus_Suridius) December 9, 2017
Latics @OfficialOAFC ahead through Jack Byrne after 4 minutes at Ice Station Zebra. Superb effort to keep this game on 👏
— David Butterfield (@utterlybutters) December 9, 2017
Sixth goal of the season for Jack Byrne at Oldham. Himself and Eoin Doyle having great loan spells there.
— Dave Donnelly (@YeSecondPost) December 9, 2017
Jack Byrne scores again 🙈
— Conor Donnelly (@DonnellyWAFC) December 9, 2017
Byrne's career appeared at a crossroads this year, little over 18 months ago he was a Man City player, and spending a year on loan with Dutch side SC Cambuur in the Eredivise. The following season however he spent six months on loan with Blackburn Rovers which yielded just three league starts and his loan was cut short before being sold to Wigan Athletic in January.
Things appeared to go from bad to worse when he was not allocated a squad number at the start of the season, so when Oldham offered him an olive branch, Byrne jumped at the opportunity and is now reaping the rewards of consistent first team football. The Dubliner has been one of the few shining lights this season, contributing seven goals in just 20 matches for the Latics.