Irish midfielder Jayson Molumby has come in for serious praise from Chris Hughton following an impressive performance on his senior debut for Brighton in their 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Barnet last night.
Molumby, formerly of Railway Athletic and Villa FC of Waterford, started in centre midfield for the Seagulls – playing a key role in their winning goal. The Waterford man (wearing the number 49 shirt in the video below) slid in Liam Rosenior with a beautiful pass. His effort was then blocked but the ball found the net via James Tilley for the game’s only goal.
The 18-year old’s manager was delighted with his performance:
“As regards a work ethic and desire to win I thought we were very positive on the ball. There were a lot of players who haven’t played so much football of late. I was really delighted with Jayson in midfield,” he said, via The Argus.
Molumby played the full 90 minutes of the game – and his exploits also came in for plaudits from fans as well as Hughton.
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Former Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell was also given a chance to impress in the game – with Brighton’s growing Irish contingent at youth and senior level impressing yet again.
The future looks bright for Molumby. The teenager won the FAI u-16 International Player of the Year Award in 2016. He has played a number of times for Brighton’s u-19 and u-23 sides as well as representing and captaining Ireland at various different youth levels.
With Declan Rice making great impressions at West Ham and Molumby breaking through at Brighton, the future is beginning to look brighter for Irish football as our young players make the step up to Premier League level.
One thing is for certain – this midfielder is one to look out for in the coming seasons.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.
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