Alan Talbot made it a hat-trick of hat-tricks as he inspired St Paul’s Artane to comeback victory in the FAI Junior Cup last weekend.
The veteran wide man scored his third treble in just four games. as the LSL Major Sunday league leaders came from behind to defeat Stella Maris in the stellar competition.
Paul’s found themselves trailing by a goal with just under 25 minutes to go but the free-scoring side upped the pace down the stretch and managed to cross the line with some to spare.
The on-fire Talbot, who like his underage playing son top-scored for his respective Artane side last season, was particularly impressive when it mattered most, finding the net three times in the final 20 minutes.
The strong finish means Paul’s, one of Dublin’s best hopes in the biggest – numerically – cup competition in Europe, progress past the first round and will be one to avoid in the second round draw.
The home side actually took an early lead when Paddy Ashmore fired home from range after just 6 minutes.
However, they found themselves level at the break and a goal behind just after the turnaround as Stella got their grove back.
The Dublin Port side held that advantage up until 66 minutes when Cian Lindsay smashed home to restore parity, opening the floodgates in the process.
Talbot then put Paul’s, who are now four from four since the start of the new season, ahead from the spot before a Ryan Boyd strike saw AUL Complex side put one foot into the next round.
Talbot wrapped up a sensational 20-minute spell when he scored Paul’s 26th and his 10th goal of the season in the final minute.