Finn Harps held off a late rally by Wexford Youths to advance to the last eight of FAI Ford Cup at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night.
Wexford Youths 1
Finn Harps 2
Ollie Horgan’s side were comfortably ahead by 2-0 but then lost Damien McNulty to a second yellow card in controversial circumstances.
Wexford pulled a goal back with two minutes left and then Finn Harps had to hang on as Wexford threw everything at them.
After an even opening, Finn Harps took the lead on 26 minutes when Thomas McMonagle got above the defenders to head the ball home.
The hosts did make some inroads after the McMonagle goal but efforts by Danny Furlong and Ben Ryan didn’t cause the Harps’ rearguard any great problems.
Early in the second half the home side came close to equalising through Peter Higgins, but it was pushed around the post by Conor Wynn.
Finn Harps’ position became much more comfortable when Michael Funston capitalised on an error in the Wexford Youths’ defence to put his side 2-0 ahead on 73 minutes.
It was only in the final minutes that the Wexford side troubled Horgan’s side. After McNulty was red carded after delaying a throw-in, Dean Broaders pulled a goal back for Wexford but they were unable to get an equaliser so Harps’ name will go into the draw for the quarter-finals of the Cup.
Wexford Youths: Doyle, McCabe (Broaders 67), Cantwell, Last, Delaney, Shortt, Higgins, Dunne, Molloy, Furlong, B Ryan (Nolan 67).
Finn Harps: Conor Wynn; Damien McNulty, Keith Cowan, Thomas McMonagle, Ciaran Coll, Josh Mailey, Brian McGroary (Funston 72), Pat McCann, Sean McCarron (Gerard O’Callaghan 79), Kevin McHugh, Gareth Harkin.
Referee: J McKell.