Harps go down to Elms strike

The First Division’s leading scorer Tom Elms struck the winner as Wexford Youths got the better of Harps in Ballybofey last night.

The First Division’s leading scorer Tom Elms struck the winner as Wexford Youths got the better of Harps in Ballybofey last night.

Finn Harps 0

Wexford Youths 1

The striker punished some slack defending from the home side to create the space before firing in past Ciaran Gallagher four minutes before the break.

On a night when Harps created countless good openings, Felix Healy’s men got no reward in front of goal and it’s now three defeats in four games for the Donegal men.

The Harps team included new signing Shaun ‘Wizard’ McGowan who rejoined the club this week from Kildrum Tigers. The midfielder went straight into the starting eleven in one of three changes with Thomas Bonner and Ciaran Greene also included.

Greene, playing at left back, had an excellent game and was involved in a few of the home team’s better moments in the first half but frustratingly, Harps went in at the break a goal behind. Some poor home defending allowed Tom Elms the opportunity to create an opening out of nothing and he shot past Ciaran Gallagher from close in.

Harps created a succession of great chances in the second half with Kevin McHugh, Aaron O’Hagan, Ciaran Coll and Adam Clarke all going close. O’Hagan really should have converted from close range when he was picked out by Thomas McBride’s wonderful delivery but the big defender directed his header over the bar. McHugh was unlucky to see a snap-shot fly wide of the post and Coll saw his volley deflected over the crossbar.

But it could have been worse for Harps. Wexford missed a penalty in the final minute when Gallagher saved from Wexford captain, Shane Dempsey.

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Thomas Bonner, Ciaran Greene, Aaron O’Hagan, Thomas McMonagle, Thomas McBride, Hugh Carlin (James Doherty 50), Shaun McGowan, Adam Clarke, Kevin McHugh, Ciaran Coll.

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Brian Nolan, James Dermody, Jamie Carr, CJ Browne (James Scallon 64), Shane Dempsey, Dean Broaders, John Yeates (Paul Malone 65), Shane Nolan, Tom Elms, Aidan Keenan.

Referee: Conor Fitzgerald.