Welcome return for star stopper

By David Watters


Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Trafford have welcomed Manchester United’s teenage keeper Kieran O’Hara back to Shawe View with open arms.

The 17-year-old, pictured, finished his last loan in mid-October after Trafford’s 2-0 win over AFC Fylde, returning to Carrington to play in an U18’s game against Sunderland followed by an U19s Champions League Youth fixture with Real Sociedad.

He returned last week to play in Trafford’s 1-1 draw at Whitby Town after proving to be a star deputy for Tom Read who picked up an injury a week into his original month long loan.

Struggling to cement a place in United’s Under 18 Academy side, O’Hara had been sent out to gain experience. He took his chance, helping Trafford to a 3-1 win over Rushall Olympic on his debut before adding two FA Cup ties to his CV. In total, Trafford won four of the matches he played in including a 2-1 FA Cup win over Conference outfit Altrincham and Premier Division victories over title-chasing Skelmersdale United.

United’s U18s manager Paul McGuinness sent the highly-rated keeper, who was scouted playing for Urmston Town to Trafford to join manager Garry Vaughan's squad. McGuinnes was among numerous visitors who watched him play at Shawe View including Academy Director Brian McClair, senior coach Dave Bushell and full-time goalkeeper coaches Jack Robinson and Alan Fettis.

United’s young Belgium star Adnan Januzaj was also at the Coasters game and Trafford official Dave Murray says the entire club is happy to see O’Hara return as the Evo-Stik NPL outfit continues its successful relationship with their more illustrious neighbours.

Murray said: "Trafford FC would like to sincerely thank the coaching staff at Carrington for allowing Kieran to play for our club. He’s already played in two FA Cup games at the young age of just 17 years and the Shawe View faithful are all delighted to see young Kieran in a Trafford Shirt again. From what we’ve already seen he certainly looks to have a bright future in football and we hope his time with us helps in his development."

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