Irish goalkeeper substituted after only three minutes in EFL Trophy match

Bradford's Colin Doyle played for Ireland on one occasion in 2007

BY Daniel Kelly 09:05 Wednesday 5 October 2016, 9:05 5 Oct 2016

Picture by Dave Howarth PA Archive/Press Association Images

Unless you are injured, a goalkeeper getting substituted in a game can be a very embarrassing scenario for the player. If that substitution happens after three minutes, it can become a nightmare.

Luckily for Bradford City goalkeeper Colin Doyle, it was part of a plan, when his team found a loophole in the competition rules.

Playing in an EFL Trophy Group C Northern Section game against Bury, Doyle was replaced by substitute goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier, despite not suffering from an injury. New rules for the tournament state that five first-team players must play in each match.

What the rules do not state, is the goalkeepers cannot be substituted early in the match. On Wednesday morning, Doyle was nominated for the League One September Player of the Month, such is his standing at Bradford.

In the post-match report of Bradford City's website, it was claimed that Sattelmaier "came on for some much needed game time."

Bradford City won the game 2-1. They have now won their opening two games in the competition and top the Group C Northern Section.


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