Monday, January 11st, 2016
It was a day of mixed emotions for young Max O’Leary at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper replaced rib-injury victim Frank Fielding at half-time in City’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie against Premier League West Brom for his debut in senior football.
O’Leary’s introduction to the first team looked to be a perfect one as City led 2-1 going into the dying seconds of the match, before James Morrison’s 95th minute equaliser forced a replay.
Result aside, O’Leary was delighted to get his first taste of action in a City shirt.
“What a place to make my debut for my childhood club – I couldn’t ask for anything more really!” he told Bristol City Player HD.
“Half-time was a bit chaotic! Frank came into the changing room and Colesy (goalkeeping coach David Coles) gave me the eyes and said ‘come on we’ll go and warm you up’.
“It was a great experience to come on. It was a packed house and the boys did so well and I couldn’t have asked for anything better except going into the next round.”
City’s replay with Tony Pulis’ Baggies will take place on Tuesday, January 19th(7.45pm) at Ashton Gate, subject to TV selection.
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