It has been a whirlwind few weeks for Ireland’s Jayson Molumby, but it won’t get much sweeter for the young midfielder than Saturday’s Ireland under-19 clash in which he grabbed three goals in just 16 first-half minutes as the Boys in Green defeated Cyprus 5-0 in their quest for European Under-19 Championship qualification.
With the game being played in the RSC in Waterford and Molumby wearing the captain’s armband, the Brighton youngster certainly did not fail to impress.
Tom Mohan’s side didn’t take long to go ahead, with Jonathan Afolabi firing home early on from inside the area.
The Waterford native then made his mark on a big personal occasion with a stunning strike into the bottom corner from just outside the area.
The former Railway Athletic and Villa man then expertly drove home a penalty to make it 3-0 and all but secure the victory.
He wasn’t finished there as he was on hand to turn in Ireland’s fourth goal of the half and complete his hat-trick before the half-time whistle.
Afolabi then added his second to make it 5-0, completing the rout in a very impressive performance by Ireland.
This incredible achievement comes after Molumby made his professional debut for Brighton in their Carabao Cup victory over Barnet before featuring again in a clash with Bournemouth. The Waterford man was named on the bench by Chris Hughton for last week’s 2-0 defeat away to Arsenal.
A hat-trick in front of a home crowd whilst captaining your country is a dream come true for any footballer, and at the age of 18 Molumby represents one of the most exciting prospects in Irish football at present.
This player seems to be getting better and better with every passing game, and should he continue his current form it won’t be very long until Ireland and Premier League fans alike familiarise themselves with the name of Jayson Molumby.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena