Wexford FC attacker Shane Barnes was understandably a happy man after breaking his duck in style as the Slaneysiders went on a scoring spree against Athlone Town in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday evening. The forward contributed a 13-minute hat-trick toWexford FC attacker Shane Barnes was understandably a happy man after breaking his duck in style as the Slaneysiders went on a scoring spree against Athlone Town in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday evening. The forward contributed a 13-minute hat-trick to help Damian's Locke's men to an emphatic 7-0 win over the midlanders, with Aaron Dobbs helping himself to a double and substitute Dean George, who came on as a replacement for Barnes, also bagging a brace. Barnes was delighted with his own contribution to the victory, but was also quick to praise strike partner Dobbs, who has been on a good run of late, scoring for three games in succession. “I'm really happy to get off the mark and get my first goals for the club. I think I have a good partnership up front with Dobbsy so hopefully now in the next few games we can get more goals,” he said. The former Bray Wanderers underage player felt the goals were coming, having knocked on the door in recent weeks. “I had a chance against Galway last week and I didn't put it away and I had one in the first-half that I probably should have scored as well, so it was great to get the goals when they came,” he said. Barnes, who joined Wexford FC from Leinster Senior League side TEK United, is hoping that now that he has found the scoring touch that the floodgates will open, starting with a tricky away tie against U.C.D. next week. “Now that I've got off the mark hopefully I can keep it going and help us to climb up the table,” he said.
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