Watch: Callum O’Hare’s first senior goal fires Carlisle into play-off places.


O’Hare is currently impressing whilst on a half-season loan at Carlisle United.  Indeed, he’s already chalked up a Man Of The Match performance on his debut.

The youngster was one of a number of academy prospects sent out for valuable senior first team football during the last transfer window by Dean Smith.

O’Hare cuts a diminutive figure on the pitch, but clearly has bags of potential for the future if both developed and nurtured in the right way.

One can’t help but think back to the very early stages of Jack Grealish’s career and the valuable game-time he similarly accrued playing at Notts County.

Things are evidently going well, with the 20 year old’s match winning goal firing Carlisle back into the league 2 play-off spots.

O’Hare’s first senior goal couldn’t be more timely, with Carlisle on a five game winless run, his strike securing a valuable 2-1 victory over Swindon Town.

Carlisle boss Steven Pressley has also provided the following glowing assessment of O’Hare:

He’s been a shining light for us and he’s one who is always looking forward in the way he plays.

I could see what it meant to him, he was delighted.

He’s contributed to a number of assists so this was his next step, and I think it was a great finish from him.

He’s been unlucky on a number of occasions, but I do think he had an excellent game.

He’s been performing well for us and he’s that high energy type of player I like to work with.

It’s testament to Aston Villa that there’s absolutely no ‘big time’ about the lad at all, and he really does want to make an impression. That comes through in how he conducts himself.

In his own words, O’Hare spoke to their official site, reflecting:

It felt brilliant for me to get my first professional goal.

I’m really buzzing that I finally got a goal and hopefully there’s many more to come.

I’ve gone into every game thinking that it would the one where I’d score so to finally get it is a great feeling.

I just tried to keep calm and get my touch right. Once I’d done that I knew I was going to have to hit it low because that would give it every chance of going in. I didn’t want to fluff anything because I knew how much we needed the win.

Many are following O’Hare’s progress back at Villa Park, as the academy starlet was one of genuinely few eye-catching talents emerging against a back-drop of senior player failures in recent seasons.

This isn’t lost on the young playmaker either when asked if he was mindful that Villa fans were keeping a close tabs on his development:

It’s nice to have the Villa fans commenting and they always tag me and stuff like that on Twitter

That’s nice to see. They seem as happy as I am that I scored, which is brilliant.

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