New Zealand international Max Mata produced a remarkable performance for Sligo Rovers in the Irish Premier Division, scoring a hattrick in their second league match of the season against University College Dublin (UCD). Mata opened the scoring for Sligo in the 22nd minute of the match, slotting the ball past the UCD goalkeeper with a precise finish.
In the second half, Mata continued his impressive display – he confidently converted two penalty-kicks to complete his hattrick. His goals proved decisive, as Sligo Rovers went on to win the match 3-2, with Mata’s performance being the standout highlight of the game.
Mata’s teammate and compatriot Nando Pijnaker also had a strong start to the season, earning a spot in the ‘Team of the Week’ after Sligo’s 1-1 draw against Shamrock Rovers in the opening match. Playing alongside each other, Mata and Pijnaker have formed a formidable partnership for Sligo, contributing significantly to their early success in the league.
Mata’s hattrick against UCD highlights his immense talent and potential as a goal-scoring threat. Sligo Rovers will undoubtedly rely on him to continue his impressive form throughout the season as they aim for a successful campaign in the Irish Premier Division.