Douglas Taylor achieved a second-half treble in super-quick times as he built his reputation. But, how does that compare to some other fastest hat-tricks of all time?
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For a footballer, a hat trick is a special occasion.
Even more so if it’s done in super-quick times.
Douglas Taylor of Stoke City achieved this remarkable feat in just seven minutes Monday night.
The youngster was representing City’s under-23s against Southend United in a Premier League Cup tie.
Both sides failed to make an impact on a cold night in Staffordshire. The first half was uneventful. Taylor won the game just after the hour mark.
To overwhelm Southend’s players, he found the net in the 62nd and 65th minutes.
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His first came via a simple tap-in when he picked up the pieces from Max McCarthy’s initial effort.
Three minutes later, he scored an even more easy second goal when he touched into an empty net just a few feet away.
He finished his treble just a few minutes later when he put in a fine effort above the Southend stopper.
Stoke won the cup group stage for the first time with a blistering hat trick that knocked out six visitors.
Taylor has some work to do to surpass Sadio Mene and James Hayter’s fastest hat tricks in English football.
In 2004, Hayter scored three times against Bournemouth in just two minutes 21 seconds.
In 2015, Mane was still at Southampton and took only two minutes 56 seconds to score three against Aston Villa in a rare feat.
Taylor, 20 years old, arrived in Stoke from Salford City just over a decade ago. Taylor was a star among the Ammies under-18s, which led to his popularity and the Potters purchasing him.
Stoke’s academy director Gareth Owen stated that Taylor’s skills made it too appealing for them to decline the offer.
He said: “Douglas is strong with good pace, he can finish and hold up the ball well.
“We’ve got good hopes for him and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to Category One football.”
He hopes to keep impressing in the Under-23s and maybe earn a chance at a first-team slot in the near-future.
Michael O’Neill’s team are doing well in this year’s Championship. They are currently fourth on the table and have won three consecutive games without conceding.
Wednesday night will see them return to action with a trip into Bristol City.