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Grego-Cox hits hattrick for Ireland U21s

REECE Grego-Cox hit a hattrick in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s 4-0 win against Israel on Monday afternoon.

QPR striker Grego-Cox fired three times as the Republic recorded a Group 5 UEFA 2019 European Under-21 qualify win in Dublin.

The Rangers academy product put Ireland 1-0 up inside the opening 60 seconds as the hosts took control early on.

The R’s striker combined with QPR teammate Ryan Manning before tucking away from close range.

20-year-old Grego-Cox then turned provider as he picked out Harry Charsley in the 34th minute with a superb cross that the Everton midfielder turned in.

Three minutes later and Grego-Cox then made it 3-0 to Ireland from the penalty spot after Ronan Curtis was fouled in the penalty area.

However, he wasn’t finished there as five minutes after half-time he completed his hat trick when he tucked in from close range after Ronan Curtis’ shot was well saved to seal the 4-0 victory before he was substituted on 70 minutes.

Meanwhile, Manning completed 90 minutes to cap off a successful international break for the pair.