Irish teenager Adam Idah has hit a new milestone in his Norwich progress with a quickfire hat-trick in Tuesday night’s FA Youth Cup clash with Barnsley.
The former College Corinthians forward, who only arrived at Carrow Road in the summer, has been impressing for club and country in recent months but arguably took it to a new level in the third round clash, with senior manager Daniel Farke watching on from the stands.
It looked at one point, however, that the Canaries were heading for an early exit from the competition. They went into the half-time break 1-0 down and, by all accounts, could well have been in a much worse position had Barnsley been more clinical.
However, that all changed during a frantic ten-minute spell in the second half. Norwich won a penalty jst before the hour mark and despite seeing the initial shot saved, Idah tapped home his rebound. The home side took the lead two minutes later through Anthony Spyrou, before Idah struck twice again within the next eight minutes to almost single-handedly put the tie firmly beyond Barnsley’s reach.
They will now face either Manchester United or Derby County in the fourth round of the competition.
GOALL!!!!! (Idah, 68)
It’s a ten-minute hat-trick for @adamidah1! Played through on goal, he shows great strength to brush off the defender and curl the ball past the keeper.
City 4-1 Barnsley pic.twitter.com/yyOzJqafcQ
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) December 12, 2017
— Adam (@adamidah1) December 12, 2017
Adam Idah is our best striker https://t.co/02h8xtaCrA
— CS??????? (@CanaryScots) December 12, 2017
To those familiar with the Irish underage setup, Idah’s Norwich heroics will come as little surprise. The Corkman was in scintillating form for Ireland’s under-17 side in their recent European Championship qualifying campaign group, scoring seven goals in three games as Colin O’Brien’s side progressed to the elite qualifying round with a 100%. He is widely regarded as one to keep a sharp eye on for the future.