‘It was a night to remember’ – Irish striker excited about his future at Norwich after Youth Cup hat-trick

Adam Idah curls home his third goal against Barnsley for Norwich City U18s. Picture by Matthew Usher

Adam Idah curls home his third goal against Barnsley for Norwich City U18s. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Scoring hat-tricks is becoming a rather helpful habit for young Norwich City striker Adam Idah.

The Republic of Ireland youth international only joined the Canaries as a first-year academy scholar in the summer but has already caught the attention of supporters.

The 17-year-old scored a remarkable 10-minute treble in Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over Barnsley for City's under-18s in the FA Youth Cup third round – teeing up a home tie against Manchester United or Derby County in January.

With first team head coach Daniel Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber in attendance, the Irish youngster took his tally to nine goals in 12 games for the U18s this season.

'It's really exciting for me and for everyone else that the first team coach was watching and we put in a second half performance like that,' Idah said. 'It was really good, we're feeling great.'

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Signed from College Corinthians, in his home county of Cork, Idah previously had a trial with Aston Villa. He scored eight goals in 10 games for the Ireland U17s and has recently won three U18 caps.

'Basically I was just playing locally back in Ireland and one of the scouts came to watch one of my games and I scored a hat-trick in one of those games,' the Canaries prospect continued.

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'I came over here on trial and played against Peterborough and scored a hat-trick in my first game so they offered me a contract and I was really happy to join.

'I scored a hat-trick recently as well against Azerbaijan in the European qualifiers (for Ireland U17s), so hopefully I can continue that and hopefully get more!'

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David Wright's side had to bounce back from 1-0 down to beat Barnsley at Carrow Road though, with nerves seeming to get the better of the City youngsters in the first half – before tearing their opponents to shreds.

'It was great, an excellent win,' Idah said. 'It was tough first half but in the dressing room at half-time we encouraged everyone to get on top and sort things out and I think in the second half everyone performed better and we got a great result. It was a night to remember.

'I'm really happy with it, it's my first hat-trick for Norwich so I'm delighted. It was my first starting appearance at Carrow Road so that was excellent as well.'

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