HIGHLY rated Hyuga Tanner scored a hat-trick with a difference as Blackburn Rovers battled back to draw 3-3 with Wolves last night in their final home game of the U21s Premier League season.
Tanner put through his own net as Wolves raced into a two-goal lead inside the first eight minutes.
But the 16-year-old Australian youth international more than made amends as he netted twice at the right end in the second half to ensure Eric Kinder’s spirited side earned a deserved point.
Wolves opened the scoring in the third minute as Ibrahim Keita sent David Raya the wrong way from the penalty spot after Will Beesley had handled Jamie O’Hara’s cross in the area.
And it got worse for Rovers in the eighth minute when an Anthony Forde corner hit Tanner and bounced in.
Forde then went close to extending his team’s advantage as he forced Raya into a fingertip save.
Rovers improved as the first half went on and, after trialist Jordan Laidlaw shot inches wide, Jon Flatt denied Devarn Green.
But Flatt was beaten two minutes after the restart when Tanner, who moments earlier had blazed wide, took a pass from Luke Wall and sent a superb first-time effort in off the post to register his first goal for Rovers.
Six minutes later, though, Wolves restored their two-goal advantage as Eusebio Bancessi’s looping header somehow found its way into the back of the net.
But three minutes after that Rovers reduced the deficit once again as Wall sent Dean Rittenberg away to poke the ball under the advancing Flatt.
And that was the way it stayed until 13 minutes from time when Tanner finished off more impressive by Wall as he headed home from close range.
From then on Rovers dominated and, after substitute Jordan Preston had a big penalty appeal turned down, trialist Louis Lang headed a Bradley Bauress free kick on to the bar.