Wexford Youths next up for out of form Harps

Wexford Youths next up for out of form Harps
Finn Harps’ abysmal run of form now stands at two points from 21 available ahead of the visit of Wexford Youths to Finn Park on Friday (kick-off 8pm).

Finn Harps’ abysmal run of form now stands at two points from 21 available ahead of the visit of Wexford Youths to Finn Park on Friday (kick-off 8pm).

The Ballybofey side have now gone one full series within the eight-team Airtricity League First Division without a win.

The injury news is a little better for the team managed by Peter Hutton.

Michael Funston, who missed the last two matches with a hamstring, injury took a full part in training on Monday night.

Thomas McMonagle, absent for an identical timeline, has also returned to light training, after suffering foot bruising in the 2-2 draw with Cobh Ramblers three weeks ago.

New signing, American Pat McCann, is expected to have his registration cleared in time to join the squad.

Damien McNulty remains sidelined with a foot injury and Sean McCarron may be facing a race against the clock having picked up a dead leg in the 1-1 Ulster Senior League draw with Derry City last week.

Harps were hammered 4-0 at Mervue United last week and are now just two points ahead of second from bottom Cobh.

“We’re on a bad run,” said Harps assistant manager Sean McGowan yesterday.

“We thought that we might’ve turned the corner with the 0-0 draw against Longford the weekend before last but now we’re back to square one.”

Wexford were 2-1 losers in Ballybofey in May in the FAI Cup and have traditionally proven to be a tough nut to crack having drawn 0-0 at Finn Park in the league.

“They are a big, strong side and one that puts in incredible workrate,” McGowan said of Friday’s opponents.

“We’ve never got it easy against them and we want a response after last week against Mervue when too many players lacked the commitment that was required at this level.”