Wexford Youths promoted

By Brendan Furlong

Published 27/09/2015 | 14:41

25 September 2015; Sam OConnor, Athlone Town, in action against Lee Grace, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Sam OConnor, Athlone Town, in action against Lee Grace, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Eric Molloy, Wexford Youths, in action against Sam OConnor, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Sam OConnor, Athlone Town, in action against Derek Doyle, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths chairman Mick Wallace, centre, watches the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths chairman Mick Wallace, centre, watches the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Eric Molloy, Wexford Youths, in action against Sam OConnor, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Athlone Town manager Alan Mathews. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Shane Dunne, Wexford Youths, in action against Derek Doyle, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Eric Molloy, Wexford Youths, in action against Aidan Friel and Adam Kelly, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan with his players before the start of the second half. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Aidan Keenan, Wexford Youths, in action against Sam OConnor, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Danny Furlong, Wexford Youths, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Danny Furlong, Wexford Youths, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Danny Furlong, Wexford Youths, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Danny Furlong, Wexford Youths, celebrates after scoring the first goal against Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Danny Furlong, Wexford Youths, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Danny Furlong, Wexford Youths, scores his side's first goal past Athlone Town goalkeeper Paddy Dunican. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths players celebrate after Danny Furlong scored their side's first goal. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths captain Graham Doyle celebrates with his team-mates after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths captain Graham Doyle celebrates with his team-mates after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths captain Graham Doyle celebrates with his team-mates after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths players celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths players celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths players celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths players celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths captain Graham Doyle and chairman Mick Wallace celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan and his 8 month old son Conor celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths players celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Wexford Youths players celebrate after the game. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Stephen Dunne, Athlone Town, in action against Conor Whittle, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Derek Doyle, Athlone Town, in action against Eric Molloy, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Eric Molloy, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Eric Molloy, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Shane Dunne, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Shane Dunne, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Paddy Dunican, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Paddy Dunican, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Tom Mulroney, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Sam OConnor, Athlone Town, in action against Lee Grace, Wexford Youths. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Aidan Friel, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Aidan Friel, Athlone Town. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
25 September 2015; Athlone Town manager Alan Mathews. League of Ireland, First Division, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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.

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