Wexford Youths promoted
WEXFORD YOUTHS have booked their place in next year's Premier Division after beating Athlone Town with three second half goals at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night.
Wexford Youths 3 Athlone Town 0
The Youths were determined not to miss out on securing promotion and the title in this game as their second half showing demonstrated. Despite having two games still left to play, home to Shelbourne and away to the chasing Finn Harps, the Youth turned in a magical second half performance to delight the crowd of more than 1300.
This was by far the biggest night in the short history of the Youths, who for the first time since their inception eight years ago, had put themselves in with a chance of the Division 1 title and promotion. It was a night for the history books, for apart from securing Premier Division football for the model county for the first time, it was also a night when striker Danny Furlong went into the history books, with his opening goal bringing him to the 28 mark for the season, making him the leading scorer in the history of Division 1 soccer, defeating the long held 27-goal record of Andy Meyer (Athlone Town).
As the kick-off fast approached the quietness of Ferrycarrig Park which has been part of this sides journey over recent season, with seldom more than 200 supporters, was cast aside as the crowd poured into the picturesque venue, giving the club a record crowd for a Division 1 game, and the players certainly responded.
After a scoreless first half, it was ace marksman Furlong who light up the ground with a 62nd minute headed lead goal. Despite having taken the lead the nerves still prevailed having to endure some anxious moments, particularly when news filtered through that the chasing Harps had taken the lead against UCD in Ballybofey.
But it was excellent midfelder Eric Molloy who intervened with an excellent 84th minute strike to make it 2-0, while it was Aidan Keenan who added the third on 90 minutes, as the celebrations got under way.
Now Friday evening, October 9, will be a special occasion for the club when Captain, Graham Doyle, will be presented with the Division 1 trophy, as they entertain Shelbourne in their final home game of the season.