History made as Youths claim First Division title

Published 29/09/2015 | 00:00

The celebrations get under way in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday after Wexford Youths clinched the First division title and promotion to the top flight with a 3-0 victory over Athlone
The celebrations get under way in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday after Wexford Youths clinched the First division title and promotion to the top flight with a 3-0 victory over Athlone

The county will play host to top flight soccer for the first time ever in 2016 after Wexford Youths clinched the First Division title two games ahead of schedule with a sensational 3-0 win over Athlone Town before 1,321 spectators on a glorious night in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday.

Emotional scenes greeted the final whistle of referee Andrew Mullally after the determined home side produced a storming second-half display following a scoreless opening period.

And as if the night couldn't get any better, the goal which broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute was the 28th of the season for ace finisher Danny Furlong who broke the all-time scoring record for the division in the process.

Wexford Youths played with tremendous flair and abandon after that downward header from the number nine eased a lot of pressure and nerves in equal measure. And there was no way back for Athlone Town after Eric Molloy grabbed the second goal in the 84th minute.

The icing on the cake was provided in added time when Furlong turned provider to set up Aidan Keenan for number three.

Shane Keegan's all-conquering side will now be presented with the First Division trophy at their final home game of the season when they entertain a Shelbourne side still in the hunt for a play-off spot on Friday week, October 9.

There should be a carnival atmosphere at the venue for the second game running, and it's hoped that the local sporting fraternity will turn out in force to bestow due credit on the first-time winners.

Their campaign concludes away to Finn Harps on October 17.

Wexford People

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