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Monday 05 Sep 2022
NI Player Watch - Conor Bradley nets in Bolton win

Conor Bradley’s sensational start to the season continued after he was again on target for Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

The 19-year-old wing-back scored in the 3-1 home victory over Charlton Athletic at the weekend and also notched an assist. It means he has now found the net three times and provided three assists in just 10 appearances since joining the League One outfit on loan from Liverpool over the summer.

Speaking to the club’s website after the game, Bradley said: “When I signed the gaffer told me I can get loads of goals playing at wing-back, which is why I get into the box and try and take some chances. That’s what I’m doing at the moment and hopefully it continues.

“It’s been brilliant so far since being here,” added Bradley, “The lads have been great and it’s all going well. I’ve loved every minute just playing in front of the fans; every week is unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, in League Two, Leyton Orient maintained their unbeaten start to the season when Paul Smyth made it three goals in his last four outings for the London club in a 2-0 home success over Tranmere Rovers.

Elsewhere in the division former Northern Ireland under-21 striker Jamie Reid hit a brace as Stevenage made it five wins in seven games with a 2-1 victory at Crewe Alexandra.

In the Championship in Scotland Billy McKay scored his 84th goal for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their away win at Raith Rovers which now makes him the second highest scorer in the club’s history.

In the Premier League Jonny Evans was in the Leicester City side whose poor start to the new campaign continued following a 5-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, while Newcastle United’s Jamal Lewis was an unused substitute for a second successive game since returning from injury.

There were debuts on Saturday for on-loan duo Carl Winchester and Ethan Galbraith as they came on as substitutes for Shrewsbury Town and Salford City respectively.

Former Coleraine goalkeeper Alex Henderson was also making his first appearance for Scottish League One side Airdrie. However it was an afternoon to forget for the 18-year-old as his new employers lost 6-0 at home to Edinburgh FC after being reduced to 10 men inside the opening quarter of an hour.

There was plenty of game time for Northern Ireland players in the Championship in England with George Saville, Josh Magennis, Conor Washington, Craig Cathcart and Ali McCann all starting for their respective clubs, while for the second consecutive game Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was used from the substitutes bench for the injured Aro Muric.

Finally in the Youth Leagues in England the prolific Callum Marshall scored his second hat-trick of the season as West Ham United defeated Fulham 4-2 in the U18 Premier League Cup.

The 17-year-old striker from Glengormley, who only joined the south London side from Linfield in January, has now scored nine goals in just four games for the Hammers' youth team this term.

Also in the Premier League Cup under-19 international Omari Kellyman recorded his first of the season as Aston Villa defeated Manchester United 2-0 in the opening round of matches in the competition.