Youths in seventh heaven
WEXFORD YOUTHS scoring machine Danny Furlong made his own piece of history when he struck for five goals as his side demolished Cabinteely in this Airtricity Division 1 league clash at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday.
Not only did he help the Youths avenge their opening round defeat to the Division 1 newcomers, but he also marked a record 170 appearances for his club with five goals - a feat not accomplished previously in the new Division 1 set-up, bringing his season's tally to ten goals and making him the leading goalscorer at this level.
It was a remarkable night for home supporters who saw their side record their finest victory since their inception, while it's also a first time they hit the opposition for seven while not conceding a solitary goal in reply. They dominated from the outset and with Furlong showing his threat from the opening attacks it was not long before the elusive striker struck terror into the visitors' back four.
It had all started so differently from their game with Finn Harps the previous Saturday when the home side's lack of attacking power eventually cost them the three points.
But whatever manager Shane Keegan had brought to the training ground during the week had the desired influence as they dominated the opposition on this occasion in all sectors of the pitch.
Furlong's eleventh-minute goal set the Youths on their way when he flicked home a Conor Whittle corner kick across a crowded goalmouth.
This was an early indication that Furlong was on song as he had the ball in the back of the net before the visiting 'keeper could get across his goal.
They continued to bombard the visitors' goal, while at the opposite end home 'keeper Graham Doyle had just to deal with back passes and crosses, while not being troubled by a single direct shot on goal.
Four minutes before the break Furlong latched on to an Andy Mulligan pass to fire low to the net, going on to complete his hat-trick just before the break when Bonner was this time the provider as he obliged with a superb finish from ten metres to make it 3-0 at the interval.
Second-placed Youths were keeping the pressure up on leaders Finn Harps as Cabinteely had no answer to their free-flowing football, with Furlong making it 4-0 after 52 minutes when he got on the end of an Andy Mulligan cross.
It was the turn of Aidan Keenan to make the scoresheet in the 79th minute when he applied the finish to a Philip Drohan cross, while Furlong struck for his fifth goal eight minutes before the end, before being substituted to a rousing reception.
Two minutes from the end Youths completed the rout when substitute Drohan was brought down in the area, leaving substitute Dean Broaders to tuck the resulting penalty low into the corner of the net, giving the home side a record-breaking 7-0 victory.
On Friday night they hope to make it six wins out of eight games, having lost their opening two ties, when they visit neighbours Waterford United.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Conor Whittle (Philip Drohan, 64), Gary Delaney, Lee Grace, James Dermody, Craig McCabe, Andy Mulligan, Peter Higgins, Danny Furlong (Conor English, 86), Jonny Bonner, Aidan Keenan (Dean Broaders, 86). Subs. not used: Ryan Delaney, Eric Molloy, Daniel Niekis.
Cabinteely F.C.: Evan Whelan, Daniel Campbell (Jamie Broaders, 68), Jamie McGlynn, Victor Ekanem, Robert Maloney, Evan Finnegan, Aaron Brilly (Bobinel Mozano, 52), John McKeown (Ross Broderick, 60), Gerald Pender (Gavin Fahy, 67), Shane O'Neill, Conor Foley (Jordan Kelly, 68).
Referee: Eoghan O'Shea (Cork).