Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golden Graham Grabs Hat-Trick

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golden Graham Grabs Hat-Trick

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Hotshot Danny Graham announced his arrival on the Boro senior stage with a stunning 16-minute hat-trick last night.

The 17-year-old striker, who was brought off the bench in the 69th minute, scored all three goals as Boro reserves beat Everton by 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

Graham, a prolific scorer throughout his career, was signed by Boro from non-league Chester le Street only in October.

He has already netted 14 goals for Boro under-19s and is now set to carry on scoring with the reserves.

Danny said: "I was pleased just to get on for the last 20 minutes, so to score a hat-trick topped it off.

"I've scored a few goals for the under-19s, and now I just want to step up and show if I can do it at this level."

Two of Graham's goals were opportunist finishes from Stewart Downing passes, but the middle strike was a breathtaking shot into the top of the net following a run by Allan Johnston.

Graham admitted: "The second one was the best. …

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