Southern United's backflipping Irish import Eric Molloy keeping feet on the ground

Southern United's Eric Molloy, right, celebrates his goal with a back flip, watched by team mates Danny Ledwith, left, ...

Southern United's Eric Molloy, right, celebrates his goal with a back flip, watched by team mates Danny Ledwith, left, and Michael Hogan, centre, in the Stirling Sports Premiership football match against Hamilton Wanderers.

Southern United football fans will be hoping to see more Eric Molloy backflips this season, heading into their round 11 clash against Canterbury United on Sunday.

Molloy celebrated scoring an early left-footed goal against Hamilton Wanderers in style last Saturday.

The 24-year-old winger bagged a double in their 4-0 victory and helped inspire the southerners to their first back-to-back national league wins since 2014.

"I learned the backflip when I was younger, I used to do gymnastics, it is one that I have kept since I started playing football," he said.

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"When you score a goal there's a bit of an adrenaline rush and you have a lot of energy to do a backflip."

The Irish import was unable to repeat his celebration after he heaped further misery on the visitors with a flick and volley goal early in the second half, to take the score to 3-0.

"I was a bit tired from all the running, so there wasn't room for a second one," he said.

The former Wexford Youths right wing or forward is hoping that the victory, which he puts down to a team effort and not conceding any goals, can boost the confidence of the resurgent side, who moved off the bottom of the table courtesy of the result.

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"I don't think anyone played bad at the weekend, it was very good to get a clean sheet that was one of the most important things enforced over the whole season," he said.

"It is a great boost to the morale around the dressing room, it just gives everyone a positive feeling, everyone's a lot happier, it gives everyone confidence."

Southern United now chase their third win on-the-trot for the first time since 2011, as they look to climb up the Stirling Sports Premiership ladder. 

Canterbury needed a late winner to edge neighbours Tasman 3-2, as they moved into fifth spot on 16 points, just three points behind leaders Auckland City FC.

"They are a very good side," Molloy said.

"They played Tasman and they weren't very comprehensive in that game and that gives us a bit of hope."

"The only thing now is if we can keep that level of performance and get some more good results in the second half of the season."


What: Canterbury United vs Southern United
When: Sunday 2pm
Where: English Park, Christchurch

 - Stuff

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