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Watch: Ireland Hopeful Scores Cracker To Help Blackpool To Shock FA Cup Win

Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Blackpool have pulled off the most eye-catching result of the FA Cup third round so far, securing a 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

While the Premier League club would put out a largely changed starting XI, many still would have expected them to have enough quality to overcome their opponents who have struggled in the Championship so far this season.

Former Shamrock Rovers defender Andy Lyons would make his debut for Blackpool on the day, having joined the club at the end of the League of Ireland season.

However, it was another Ireland hopeful that produced the most eye-catching moment of the match.

CJ Hamilton helps Blackpool to shock FA Cup win

CJ Hamilton would score Blackpool's third goal of the afternoon, producing a wonderful strike on the half volley to steer the ball beyond Wayne Hennessey in the Forest goal.


You can see the goal at 0:59 in the video below.

Born in the UK but raised in Waterford, Hamilton qualifies to play for Ireland through his mother. He declared his intention to play for the country over the last couple of years.

Speaking last year, Stephen Kenny said that he was a player that he would be keeping an eye on after his switch of allegiances.

He's playing at Championship level regularly and is very quick. CJ qualifies through Irish mother. He played for Carrick United growing up. He grew up in Waterford.

I've not seen loads of him, I've just watched his games so forth.

He was not on my radar as such. He's on the radar now and we've done his paperwork, it's nearly completed.

He would be called up to the squad for the first time in June, making his debut as a late substitute in the loss to Ukraine at home.


Performances such as the one this afternoon will do his chances of nailing down a place in the squad no harm.

The 27-year old winger has made 20 appearances in the Championship so far this season, scoring one goal and registering three assists.

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