Chorley secure Championship keeper for Fleetwood FA Cup clash

Chorley have snapped up a Championship keeper for their huge FA Cup clash with Fleetwood.

Thursday, 2nd November 2017, 5:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:18 am
Oliver Byrne. Photo credit: Cardiff City.

The Magpies are in the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 27 years but by a quirk of fate they are unable to field current number one Matty Urwin for the Monday night fixture.

Urwin and fourth qualifying round replay hat-trick hero Nick Haughton who fired the Magpies to a 4-3 extra time win are ineligible to play in the clash due to the fact that they are on-loan at Matt Jansen’s National League North side from League One club Fleetwood.

Their loan agreements specify that they cannot feature against their parent club and so Jansen has had to recruit a new shot-stopper with the club securing the services of Cardiff shot-stopper Oliver Byrne.

Byrne, 19, joins the club on a youth loan deal and Jansen is hopeful he can mark his debut with a clean sheet in the televised clash.

He said: “We have got a goalkeeper in place he’s got international clearance now so it can be announced.

“He was at Manchester United’s academy and he has gone to Cardiff.

“Andy Dibble (Cardiff City goalkeeping coach) and Bryan Gunn highly recommend him and hopefully he will keep a clean sheet on the night.

“I’m looking forward to watching him in training and hopefully he will do a good job for us.”