Red Rewind: Hat-trick debutant boosts York
Striker Joe O'Neill became the first York player to score a hat-trick on his debut since legendary marksman Arthur Bottom more than half-a-century earlier.
The Minstermen immediately took control of their first away game of a second season at Conference level when opening their account after just three minutes; Darren Dunning's flighted free-kick being headed on by David McGurk and nodded in at the far post by O'Neill.
But that advantage was maintained for only the same duration as bustling forward Steve Daly broke inside the area, skipped past former Scarborough defender Mark Hotte and finished across goalkeeper Chris Porter.
However, the visitors restored their lead on nineteen minutes when midfielder Mark Convery half-volleyed past Steve Dickinson from fifteen-yards after on loan Halifax Town striker Darren Mansaram helped the ball across.
Southport midfielder Kevin Leadbetter twice struck wide at the other end before York extended their advantage with Clayton Donaldson chasing down the right from inside his own half and crossing perfectly for the diving O'Neill to head in at the far post.
Midfielder Dunning then went close to another as Dickinson tipped over, but a fourth goal was still to arrive late on after defensive confusion between Chris Lane and Farrell Kilbane allowed O'Neill to complete his treble when just getting the final touch ahead of team-mate Donaldson.
Southport: Dickinson, Lane, Kilbane, Davis, Fitzgerald, Baker (Booth 73), Krief (Lynch 46), Pickford, Leadbetter (McGinn 70), Daly, Fearns
subs (unused): Speare, Robinson
Goals: Daly (6)
York City: Porter, Price, McGurk, Hotte, Peat, Panther, Convery (Merris 89), Dunning, Donaldson, O'Neill (Stewart 84), Mansaram (Bishop 54)
subs (unused): Afandiyev, Mallon
Goals: O'Neill (3, 37, 81), Convery (19)
Ref: S. Cummings
Video Link: York City TV