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16-year-old Irish striker bags hat-trick for Watford in epic comeback

The Hornets’ U23s fought back from 4-0 down to draw 5-5 yesterday, with the Dubliner scoring three times on his full debut at that level. .

IRELAND FANS ARE always eager to hear about the next generation of young talent coming through.

So let us introduce Ryan Cassidy.

The 16-year-old Dubliner signed for Premier League club Watford from St Kevin’s Boys last summer and almost immediately made an impression at U18 level.

Yesterday, the striker was handed his full debut for the Hornets’ U23s — these days managed by ex-West Ham midfielder Hayden Mullins.

The Professional Development League game initially looked like it would be one to forget for the teenager as Bristol City stormed into a 4-0 lead at their academy’s training ground.

However, Cassidy sparked a barely-believable comeback with his superb nine-minute hat-trick.

Watford actually went 5-4 ahead before Tyreek Bakinson pulled one back to end the 10-goal thriller in a draw.

Cassidy has already represented Ireland at U16 level but if he can consistently put in performances like this one then he will shoot up the ranks in no time.

Watch highlights of the game below, including his hat-trick (Watford’s second, third and fifth goals),:

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