Athletic gained their first home win of the season, romping to an 8-0 win over RTS WIDZEEEW this afternoon.

Marcus Lövman opened the scoring in bizarre circumstances with only four minutes played when his speculative lob goalwards evaded the fingertips of Marek Sidor to nestle in the RTS net.

A late challenge from RTS’s Dominic Candrin on Paul O’Healihy saw the Swiss defender booked and the Irishman helped from the field. This challenge sowed the seeds for Athletic’s second goal as, three minutes after coming on as Paul O’Healihy’s replacement, Jake MacConnechy tore through the RTS defence and drilled the ball into the net.

A minute later Athletic had the opportunity to go further ahead from the penalty spot, but having been appointed stand-in set piece taker, Jake MacConnechy blasted the ball over the bar.

This was however forgotten very quickly, as within sixty seconds, Marcus Lövman out-foxed the visitors’ defence to fire in his second goal of the afternoon.

Eldvinas Šumlinskas made the game completely safe in the twenty-fourth minute, and less than a minute later Kyle Fair rattled the RTS crossbar with a ferocious strike.

Ten minutes after the break it was 5-0 as Andy Hautala powered a header home. After this the pace of the game clearly dropped as, with the match well and truly won, Athletic clearly went into “training mode”.

However within the final ten minutes of the match Athletic upped the pace once more and gained an additional three goals for their efforts.

With his second headed goal of the afternoon, Andy Hautala made it 6-0 with nine minutes to go, before Onésimo Murube broke through the centre to fire in the seventh goal just two minutes later.

It was left to José Eransus to round off the scoring with five minutes to play. Having been played through by a fantastic play through the middle, the Argentinean finished with aplomb.

It was a very happy Arjen Bogaert who attended the post match press conference.

“We’ve scored thirteen goals in our last two games without conceding any. You can’t ask any more than that”.

He continued, “The league is already looking to be very tight, so it’s not really rocket science – keep banging in goals whilst not conceding is obviously going to be a good strategy”.

“We blotted our copybook in the first match, but we’ve certainly gone a long way to atone for this since”.

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