Irish underage international Gavin Kilkenny continued his impressive start to the season with Bournemouth scoring a brilliant hat-trick for their U21 side in an 8-0 win in the second round of the Hampshire Senior Cup.
Kilkenny burst onto the scene in pre-season for the Cherries, scoring against French giants Lyon, and made his first team debut in their victory over Forest Green in the Carabao Cup last month.
The 19-year-old also recently featured for Ireland U21 side, winning his first cap in the victory over Armenia at Tallaght Stadium before coming off the bench in the win over Sweden.
The talented midfielder is yet to feature for the first team in the Premier League this season but his performance against Basingstoke last night will surely have given manager Eddie Howe a selection headache.
Kilkenny opened the scoring for Bournemouth inside the first ten minutes as lashed a low strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards out after the loose ball feel to him just outside the box.
His first strike was excellent but it was his second goal that made all the headlines and again showed just how much of a talent the former St Kevin’s prospect is.
Kilkenny picked the ball up just inside the opposition’s half, took two touches, lifted his head and dinked a beautiful chip over the helpless keeper for his second of the game.
Bournemouth had it all their own way throughout the game and Kilkenny completed his hat-trick in the second half via another strike from outside the area, which found the net thanks to a deflection.
For Kilkenny it’s another step in the right direction as he looks to continue pushing for a first team spot at the Vitality Stadium this season.
It’s also a tremendous sign for Irish U21 manager Stephen Kenny who will want the 19-year-old in top form ahead of their crucial qualifiers against Iceland and Italy.
Video credit – AFC Bournemouth on Youtube.