Wednesday 18 October 2017

Victory over Athlone will hand Youths First Division title

Wexford Youths will capture the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division crown for the first time in their history if they manage to beat Athlone Town in the biggest game in their eight-year history as a League club in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday (8 p.m.).

It is hoped that a bumper crowd will turn out to give the players that final push over the line, as they will be uncatchable if they collect another three points.

Currently they lie seven clear of Finn Harps, the only team capable of catching them, while they knocked UCD out of contention for the league title with a magnificent 2-1 win against the students in the Belfield Bowl on Friday.

Although Youths conceded an early goal following a wicked deflection, they bounced back superbly as Conor 'Speedy' Whittle equalised and the prolific Danny Furlong then drove home the winner midway through the second-half.

That was his 27th goal of the season which equalled the record set by Andy Myler of Athlone Town in 2000-'01.

The League announced during the week that a goal scored against Finn Harps on June 12 should have been credited to Furlong rather than Conor English after a review of video evidence, and he now has three games left to hit the net again and surpass Myler.

Youths are also at home to Shelbourne on October 9 and away to Finn Harps eight days later, but it would be a special night if they managed to see off Athlone on Friday and collect the club's first-ever title at this level with two games in hand.

Meanwhile, New Ross native Greg Bolger completed the full set of medals when he helped St. Patrick's Athletic to the EA Sports Cup title at the expense of Galway United over the weekend, winning on penalties after a scoreless draw in Eamonn Deacy Park.

He already had FAI Cup, Leinster Senior Cup, Premier and First Division medals in his collection.

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