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Adam Idah’s hat-trick: Nigeria prospect matches Iheanacho’s FA Cup feat

19:15 GMT 04/01/2020
Adam Idah
The 18-year-old becomes the first teenager to get at least three goals in a game, a feat the Leicester City man achieved four years ago

Adam Idah’s hat-trick against Preston North End in Norwich City’s 4-2 win on Saturday means he becomes the first teen to score at least three goals in an FA Cup match.

Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho was the last teenager to get a treble in the competition after helping Manchester City decimate Aston Villa 4-0 in 2016.

The 18-year-old made his Premier League bow in the Canaries 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on New Year's Day and was trusted with a starting role against the Championship side.

Idah repaid manager Daniel Farke’s faith in him with three goals. He got his first in the second minute after slotting calmly into the bottom right after collecting a pass from Jamal Lewis.

In the 38th minute, he got his second of the evening – 10 minutes after Onel Hernandez had made it for Norwich City.

He capped a fine display with his third from the penalty spot as Farke’s men progressed to the competition’s next round.

Idah got a standing ovation as he made way for Kenny McLean with four minutes to regulation time.

Born to a Nigerian father and an Irish mother, the forward who currently represents the Republic of Ireland at youth level is eligible to play for the Super Eagles.

Thanks to his awe-inspiring performance, manager Farke could be tempted to feature him when Norwich take on Manchester United in their next Premier League outing on January 11.