BRADFORD were dumped out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the first hurdle after Oldham’s teenage substitute Jordan Bove struck an 88th-minute winner.
It had been looking as though the game was heading for a penalty shoot-out after both sides missed good chances, but Bove pounced late.
The youngster’s first senior goal came when he lashed into the roof of the net after Carl Winchester’s initial strike was palmed into his path by Bantams goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
A much-changed Bantams line-up – boss Phil Parkinson made the maximum five alterations permitted following Saturday’s win at Rochdale – acquitted themselves well in the early stages.
Olly McBurnie glanced a header wide from Alan Sheehan’s corner, while Aaron Mclean charged clear to latch onto a through-ball, only to be thwarted by a smart James Wilson tackle.
Shortly after the restart the woodwork saved Oldham when Mark Yeates cracked a shot against a post with goalkeeper Paul Rachubka well beaten.
As the final 15 minutes approached it was looking more and more like a shoot-out was on the cards, particularly so after Oldham’s Joseph Mills curled a free-kick from the edge of the Bradford box over the crossbar.
Oldham: Rachubka, Mills, Elokobi, Kelly, J Wilson (Brown 89), Winchester, Jones, B Wilson, Philliskirk, Dayton (Bove 82), Morgan-Smith (Dieng 82). Unused substitutes: Coleman, Tidser.
Bradford: Pickford, Darby, Meredith (Clarke 74), Dolan, Sheehan, Yeates, Kennedy, Routis, McArdle, McBurnie (Bennett 69), Mclean (Hanson 69). Unused substitutes: Knott, Williams.
Referee: S Mathieson (Stockport).