On loan Crystal Palace striker Freddie Ladapo bagged a goal during Oldham Althetic’s last-gasp triumph over Blackburn Rovers in the the EFL Trophy last night.
In a game which the visitors would eventually go on to win via a penalty shoot-out, it was Blackburn who struck the first blow of the evening, going into a 22nd minute lead thanks to former Palace man Anthony Stokes. Happily for the visiting Latics, that wasn’t to be the end of the scoring, with half-time bringing about a double substitution that would see Ladapo brought onto the pitch at the expense of Jamie Reckford.
No doubt desperate to make an immediate impact on proceedings, Freddie took just four minutes to get his name onto the scoresheet, levelling the tie after tracking a move from just inside his own before arriving in perfect time on the edge of the penalty area to expertly slot a low shot into the bottom of the Rovers net.
That was to the first decisive action of what turned into a relatively breathless second half, as the hosts once again regained the lead just after the hour through Liam Feeney, only to be pegged back for a second time just six minutes later when Ladapo’s teammate Brian Wilson tucked home his side’s second goal of the night.
In front of a crowd totalling just 471 (the tournament’s somewhat controversial start to life can be blamed for that) it was Ladapo and co. who eventually prevailed 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out. The result sees them jump into second place in Northern Group D with the other two participants Carlisle United and Fleetwood Town set to battle it out for top spot this evening.
It may not have been the most glamorous of venues but you can be sure that Freddie won’t have cared in the slightest. Slowly but surely, he’s proving himself to be an adept finisher at Football League level.