Saturday marked a landmark day in the embryonic career of Irish midfield starlet Jack Byrne.

The Ireland under-21 international is currently stationed in the Netherlands on a season-long loan at Eredivisie outfit, SC Cambuur but he has had to be patient while waiting to make his professional debut.

A troublesome thigh injury prevented Byrne from making his first appearance for the Dutch side until last weekend when he played the first hour of Cambuur’s 0-0 draw with FC Twente.

The 19-year old took to social media after the game to share his gratitude for the warm welcome he receive from fans who will be hoping to see a lot more of him in the coming weeks.

He said: “What a feeling making my professional debut in the Eredivisie for SC Cambuur! 

“Worked so hard everyday for since I was a kid for this day and I thank God everyday for the opportunity to live my dream. 

“Fans were great thanks for the flag!”

The boy @Jackb_8 made his debut for @SCCambuurLwd in Holland & they had this for him! Some day for the boys in town!

— Sean Walsh (@WalshyORBs) September 19, 2015

That draw leaves Cambuur still entrenched in the relegation places but it brought to an end a run of four straight defeats.

Staying in the Netherlands where it was a bad day for Ghanian playmaker Divine Naah who was forced off with injury four minutes into NAC Breda’s 2-2 draw with Emmen.

The youngster scored in the previous game against MVV to earn his side a 1-1 draw in Maastricht.

There was another league debut for an on-loan City youngster in Turkey on Saturday evening as Jason Denayer made his second appearance in all competitions for Galatasaray.

The Belgian international impressed on his full debut against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night, despite their 2-0 defeat, and he caught the eye again on his Super Lig bow, playing at right-back in Gala’s 1-0 win over Trabzonspor.

In Belgium, Turkish starlet Enes Unal came on for the last 12 minutes of Genk’s 3-1 win over Mechelen.

Crossing the Atlantic, it’s been a good week for City’s sister club, NYCFC.

Following a tough run of three defeats, Jason Kreis’s side have won twice in three days to boost their chances of a place in the post-season play-offs.

On Thursday night they defeated Toronto 2-0 with Shay Facey playing the full 90 and Angelino came off the bench to play the last four minutes in a match ex-City midfielder Frank Lampard scored his first NYCFC goal in.

They followed this up with a thrilling 3-2 victory over San Jose Earthquakes.

Again, Facey completed the full match, while Angelino came on with 30 minutes to go and managed to create the winning goal for his compatriot David Villa five minutes later.

Back in Europe, City’s French midfield duo Seko Fofana and Olivier Ntcham were both on the losing side for their respective teams, Bastia and Genoa.

Fofana played all 90 minutes of a 3-1 defeat to Nice in Ligue 1, while Ntcham also completed the full game as Genoa went down to Juventus in Serie A.

In Norway, Bismark Boateng’s Stromgodset drew 1-1 with Viking in a match he was substituted off in the 70th minute in.

Finally, Godsway Donyoh was an unused substitute for Falkenberg who won 1-0 away at Halmstad.