Conor McLaughlin and Ryan McLaughlin went head-to-head in League One football last month during the game between Morecambe and Fleetwood Town. Ryan McLaughlin is on the books of Morecambe, while ex-Sunderland defender Conor McLaughlin plays his club football for Fleetwood Town. As a matter of fact, Conor McLaughlin is in his second spell at Fleetwood Town. He joined Fleetwood Town last summer as a free agent after his Sunderland contract ran out at the end of last season.
Both Fleetwood Town and Morecambehave been in the bottom half of the League One tablefor the majority of the season and the point from their game towards the end of last month didn’t do much to change their plight.
Ahead of the game, Ryan McLaughlin spoke to the Morecambe website about facing his brother, Conor McLaughlin. According to him, it’s a strange one as he has played against him just four times. Ryan also confirmed that he has played with his brother on several occasions. He finds it more strange playing with the former Black Cats right-back than against him.
Ryan McLaughlin said it’s always good for the family that you have to battle it out on the opposite ends of the pitch, but the focus when you step on the field should be on the team and on helping his team get the desired result.
In the end, Ryan had to settle for a point.
During the game, Fleetwood Town had six Northern Ireland players in their squad including Conor. Apart from Conor, they also had the duo of Carl Johnston and Paddy Lane in their starting XI, while the trio of Callum Camps, Chris Conn-Clarke and Dylan Boyle were on the substitutes’ bench. All but Boyle came off the bench before the game ended.