Omonia striker Matt Derbyshire scored a quick-fire hat-trick on Wednesday night as his side beat Ethnikos Achnas while AEL beat Karmiotissa 4-1 to join APOEL at the top of the standings.
Pambos Christodoulou’s AEL had an easy afternoon beating Karmiotissa 4-1 to move above AEK Larnaca and join champions APOEL at the top of the summit but the big news came from Nicosia where English striker Derbyshire inspired a memorable comeback for Omonia in their game against Ethnikos.
Just like in their previous game against Doxa – where they had been trailing 2-0 only to turn things around and win 3-2, John Carver’s Omonia kept their fans on their toes until the end with the ex-Blackburn Rovers and Olympiacos frontman Derbyshire in the thick of the action.
Ethnikos had gone ahead after goals from Emilio Zelaya and Nika Kacharava before Derbyshire snatched a hat-trick on 71, 73 and 74 minutes to erupt the GSP Stadium.
Despite Derbyshire’s impressive feat, it is not the fastest ever hat-trick in world football and – according to the latest records from Cyprus – it is also not the fastest hat-trick in Cypriot football.
That honour goes to Tommy Ross, appropriately of Scottish outfit Ross County, who took only one minute and 30 seconds to register his hat-trick against Nairn County in November 1964.
The fastest in English football belongs to James Hayter, who struck his treble for Bournemouth against Wrexham in two minutes and 20 seconds in February 2004.
Full list of fastest hat-tricks
- Tommy Ross (1 min 30 secs, Ross County v Nairn County, November 28, 1964)
- Eduardo Maglioni (1 min 50 secs, Independiente v Gimmasia de la Plata, March 18, 1973)
- Jimmy O’Connor (2 mins 13 secs, Shelbourne v Bohemians, November 19, 1967)
- James Hayter (2 mins 20 secs, Bournemouth v Wrexham, February 24, 2004)
- Ephraim Dodds (2 mins 30 secs, Blackpool v Tranmere, 28 February, 1943)
- Jimmy Scarth (2 mins 30 secs, Gillingham v Leyton Orient, 1 November, 1952)
- Ian St John (2 mins 30 secs, Motherwell v Hibernian, August 15, 1959)
- Sadio Mane (2 mins 56 secs, Southampton v Aston Villa, May 16, 2015)
- Graham Leggat (3 mins, Fulham v Ipswich, December 26, 1963)
- Gary Talbot (3mins 30secs, Chester v Crewe, 1965)
- Willie Hall (4 mins, England v Northern Ireland, November 26, 1938)
Takis Pantziaras holds that accolade in Cyprus after the PAEEK Kyrenia striker scored on 61, 63 and 64 minutes in his side’s 3-1 win over Arion Limassol, during a second division league game in 1974. Pantziaras’ goals came just under one minute faster to that of Derbyshire’s.
Back in 2000, Swedish striker Dejan Pavlovic scored five times in 14 minutes as Anorthosis beat Aris Limassol 6-1.
In the other game on Tuesday night, Alfonso Artabe came off the bench to score an injury time winner for Ermis in their game against Doxa.