Evan Ferguson scores twice for Brighton as France game looms
The good times keep rolling for the young Irishman.
Evan Ferguson is once again proving he's one of the most exciting Irish talents of a generation as he scored a beautiful brace for Brighton in their FA Cup victory over Grimsby.
Brighton ran out 5-0 winners to advance to the semi-finals of the competition on Sunday, where they will play either Manchester United or Fulham.
Ferguson scored twice before getting subbed off after 72 minutes. The 18-year-old netted two excellent goals.
18 year old, Evan Ferguson raps it up for @OfficialBHAFC with his second goal. I see a real centre forward before my eyes. 👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 19, 2023
Ferguson is averaging a goal contribution every 84 minutes this season, registering 11 goals and assists for Brighton in his twenty appearances to date.
He has now also scored more goals than any other Premier League teenager this season across all competitions.
7 - Evan Ferguson has scored seven goals for Brighton this season, and is now the top-scoring teenager for a Premier League club across all competitions in 2022-23. Focal. pic.twitter.com/LWNG89DYxB
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 19, 2023
Brighton enjoyed a routine afternoon against tournament underdogs Grimsby, with Denis Undav scoring after just 6 minutes.
Ferguson then turned on the style with his first of the match, beautifully controlling a powerful pass from Alexis Mac Allister before swivelling into space and placing the ball neatly into the bottom right corner.
What a goal by Evan Ferguson ☘️pic.twitter.com/o217AJ8fK6
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) March 19, 2023
And he wasn't finished yet. Ferguson received the ball on the edge of the box 20 minutes later, before steaming past a defender and slotting the ball in the bottom left corner for his second of the afternoon and Brighton's third.
— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) March 19, 2023
Brighton then wrapped up proceedings with two late goals from Solly March and Kaoru Mitoma.
Shortly after his brace, Roberto De Zerbi subbed the Irish international off, giving him some well-earned rest ahead of a crucial opening match in Ireland's Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
Ferguson has had an incredible campaign so far with the Seagulls and club owner Tony Bloom has labelled the Bettystown native "the real deal," adding that he will be "a key figure for many years to come."
Ferguson carrying Irish international hopes
Ireland take on Latvia in a friendly at the Aviva on Wednesday evening, before group favourites France travel to Dublin to take on Stephen Kenny's men on Monday, March 27.
Kenny will be delighted with the form of Ireland's new star man, hoping he can replicate his goal-scoring prowess in the upcoming games.
Many aren't expecting Ireland to cause an upset against France, but the attacking threat of Ferguson will undoubtedly excite fans.
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