Republic of Ireland U21 international and Bournemouth midfielder Gavin Kilkenny scored a sensational hat-trick including a superb lob for the U21s tonight as he continues his rise at the club.
Kilkenny excelled against Basingstoke Town at the Vitality Stadium in a game that finished 8-0.
It comes after he was named man of the match and scored against Lyon in a pre-season friendly last month which prompted manager Eddie Howe to declare a Premier League debut awaits.
He’s going to be there or thereabouts. We don’t have a big squad so he’s going to be close.
I can’t make any promises to him now, but what I can say is that if he continues along the same way that he’s played in pre-season, then he’ll have a very good chance of being involved this season.
Kilkenny recently played for Stephen Kenny's U21s as they scored crucial wins over Armenia and Sweden. On his return to club action, he produced a remarkable showing in Hampshire Senior Cup which included a 45-yard chipped shot.
WHAT. A. STRIKE.
Re-live the moment that Gavin Kilkenny made it 2-0 tonight with an unreal lob from 45 yards out!
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— AFC Bournemouth U21s and Academy (@AFCB_Academy) September 17, 2019
HAT TRICK FOR KILKENNY!
Another Lloyd Kelly assist tees up the midfielder on the edge of the box who drills it into the bottom left corner!
56 | 🍒 6-0 🐲 // #afcbu21shttps://t.co/ugjdirwImF pic.twitter.com/ShuFN8ZU15
— AFC Bournemouth Academy (@AFCB_Academy) September 17, 2019