Loan Watch: O'Halloran Nets In Tranmere Rout

  • February 24, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Michael O'Halloran was on the scoresheet on Saturday, as Tranmere Rovers got their stuttering promotion charge back on track.

After four defeats in a row, Rovers secured a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium - as they moved to third in League One.

Max Power gave Ronnie Moore's side an early lead, before Magnus Okuonghae levelled for the hosts. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro restored Tranmere's lead shortly before the break, with second half strikes from Ash Taylor and substitute Cole Stockton handing them a 4-1 lead.

Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Rovers were awarded a penalty as Josh Thompson was adjudged to have fouled O'Halloran inside the Colchester box. The on-loan Wanderers forward stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and succeeded in making the score 5-1 and sealing the victory.

O'Halloran, who will stay at Tranmere until the end of the season, has made 17 appearances for the club and Saturday's goal was his third of the season.

Elsewhere, Tom Eaves made his debut as Shrewsbury Town moved eight points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Stevenage Borough.

Despite only completing the switch on Thursday, the former Oldham Athletic forward started alongside Chris Porter in the Shrews' attack - playing 78 minutes.

Stevenage took a 20th minute lead at New Meadow courtesy of James Dunne, but goals in each half from Paul Parry and then Marvin Morgan - who had earlier replaced Eaves - sealed the win for Graham Turner's team.

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