Can we get our player back? Bristol City borrow short-handed Portsmouth Marlee Francois for their exhibition game against each other…before Aussie Younger steps up and EQUALIZES against his own club
- Bristol City loaned Marlee Francois to Portsmouth on Tuesday for their friendly match
- The 18-year-old was allowed to play for Pompey with the visitors low on number
- With the game extended to 120 minutes, he was forwarded in the last half hour
- But 11 minutes after his short loan period, Francois equalized against mother club Bristol
Bristol City could consider being so generous in the future after allowing a short-handed Portsmouth to borrow one of their own players in a pre-season friendly against them… before then bizarrely kicking the equalizer scored.
The Robins welcomed Pompey to their training ground for a pre-season game on Tuesday, as the League One side struggled to make up for pre-game numbers.
As a goodwill gesture, Bristol City said they could borrow winger Marlee Francois for the match – a decision they would later hilariously regret.
Bristol City loaned Marlee Francois to Portsmouth on Tuesday for their preseason exhibition game
After the one-match move was approved, the two teams played an exciting game, with Portsmouth’s Gassan Yahyai scoring a first half before the Robins roared to take a 3-2 lead in the second half.
And as the friendly lasted over 120 minutes, Portsmouth decided to throw the remaining half hour at Bristol’s Francois.
Just 11 minutes after the shortest of all loan spells, 18-year-old Francois emerged to equalize against his own club to make it 3-3 on the day in bizarre circumstances.
Robins winger was allowed to play for Pompey with the visitors low on number
With no footage of the match, the Twitter channels of every club reporting the match couldn’t believe their eyes.
Bristol City’s Twitter page tweeted: ‘Goal: Marlee Francois has scored for Portsmouth. Yes, you read that correctly.’
As Portsmouth reported: ‘Marlee Francois marks the world’s shortest loan deal with a goal.
“After an excellent job from a trialist at halftime, the Bristol City forward – who replaced the Blues after injury – scores during his cameo.”
Both clubs’ Twitter accounts were left in disbelief as they reported on the pre-season friendly
The Australian teenager only signed his first professional contract with the Robins in March and is keen to advance with the Championship club.
“It’s a great moment for my family and it’s something I’ve worked on all my life. I’m honored to be with such a great club Bristol City,” he said at the time.
“My brother and I were always practicing in the garden and always pushing each other to the next level. It has always been our dream to become a professional footballer.’