Finn Harps slumped to their fourth successive defeat in the Airtricity League First Division when they were hammmered by Wexford Youths on Friday at Ferrycarrig Park.
Wexford Youths 3
Finn Harps 0
The result means the Ballybofey outfit have picked up just 12 points from their first 11 outings in the league and saw both Kevin McHugh and Adam Clarke given straight red cards on a woeful night for Harps, following their league losses at home to Limerick and Athlone, and away to Mervue United.
Ciaran Gallagher returned between the sticks for the north-westerners having suffered a hairline fracture of the skull on the last weekend in March at Waterford United’s RSC but that was one of the few positives.
Just four minutes in, McHugh was given his marching orders by match referee James McKell for a late challenge on CJ Browne and from that moment on Harps were sailing against the wind. Gallagher made a fine save to keep it scoreless when Furlong looped a header and got behind a long ranger from Shane Nolan. Craig Wall really should’ve given the hosts the lead before half-time but the numbers were soon to add up.
From a right-wing cross on 64 minutes from Mark Phelan, Elmes stretched to put his side in front and Harps were dealt a further blow when Clarke was given a red card for apparently kicking out at James Darmody. Harps pushed in vain for a leveller with three at the back but were caught on the break on 87 minutes when Furlong, who had an impressive evening, finally made the points secure, running in from the right to slot the ball between Gallagher’s legs. Two minutes later Keenan waltzed through on the left to score a third goal.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Mark Phelan, CJ Browne (James Scallon 46), Jamie Carr, James Dermody; Craig Wall, Shane Nolan (Shane Dempsey 63), Patsy Malone, Aidan Keenan; Danny Furlong, Tom Elmes (Shaun Corcoran 89).
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Tommy Bonnar, Shaun McGowan, Tommy McMonagle, Ciaran Coll; Matt Harkin (Iain Curtis 63), Tommy McBride, Shane McGinty (Gary Merritt 74), Paul Simon Treacey (Ciaran Greene 72); Adam Clarke, Kevin McHugh.
Referee: Mr James McKell.