Hat-trick hero Iannone produces some FA Cup magic for Tring Athletic

Vinnie Iannone bagged an FA Cup hat-trick against Cogenhoe United. Picture (c) Colin Sturges
Vinnie Iannone bagged an FA Cup hat-trick against Cogenhoe United. Picture (c) Colin Sturges

It was the stuff of dreams for Tring Athletic striker Vinnie Iannone on Tuesday night as he came off the bench to score an 18-minute hat-trick and send his side through to the next round of the FA Cup.

With the scores locked at 0-0 in the extra preliminary round replay, Iannone was introduced from the bench to fire his side past a stubborn Cogenhoe United side.

The striker headed home to put his side in front, before acrobatically lashing in the second with his right foot just two minutes later – an early contender for goal of the season.

Not done there, Iannone added a third – this time with his left foot – to complete his hat-trick and send Athletic flying through to the next round.

Tring will travel to Calor League Division 1 Central side North Greenford United who play at the level above them in the football pyramid.