The 21-year-old defender powered home a header on 71 minutes to give the Trotters a first away victory since August.
Recalled from Wigan Athletic by Everton last month, Connolly had been increasingly struggling with the Latics and found himself regularly on the bench toward the end of his disappointing loan at The DW Stadium.
But the young Finch Farm product seems to be enjoying his football again and here's how some fans from Everton, Bolton and Wigan reacted to his goal last night.
Callum Connolly as well. Can’t believe it. Why’ve we let him go? Sharpey wouldn’t have let it happen.— Murphy (@MurphyWigan) February 12, 2019
Callum Connolly puts Bolton 1-0 up at Birmingham. Of course he does. #wafc— Paul Kendrick (@PKendrickWIG) February 12, 2019
Callum Connolly scores for noblot. Ofcourse he does #wafc— Ant & Dec (@AntandDecsTics) February 12, 2019
Callum Connolly just scored a decent header from a corner for Bolton away at Birmingham. #EFC— Alex Smith (@alexsmithefc) February 12, 2019
Connolly, up the ev academy— Callum Bailey (@CallumBai1ey) February 12, 2019
Connolly should be focused on having a brilliant last few months of the season and then returning to Merseyside this summer with the hope of staying with the senior side next season.
It isn't unthinkable and although he might seem to have little future under Marco Silva, the Portuguese won't be there by pre-season unless he transforms Everton's fortunes.
Silva's side have lost five of their last six games across all competitions and the pressure is really mounting.
The truth is that Connolly could have a future at Goodison, but he must do better at Bolton than he did at Wigan, but so far he is.