Finn Harps drop off the top after Wexford Youths defeat

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Finn Harps drop off the top after Wexford Youths defeat
Two quick-fire strikes from the league’s top goalscorer, Danny Furlong, gave Wexford Youths the points to send them top of the First Division at the expense of Harps on Friday night.

Two quick-fire strikes from the league’s top goalscorer, Danny Furlong, gave Wexford Youths the points to send them top of the First Division at the expense of Harps on Friday night.

It was another frustrating evening for Ollie Horgan’s side who were punished for some sloppy errors in the lead-up to both goals.

Wexford Youths 2

Finn Harps 0

Friday night’s result at Ferrycarrig Park means Harps now drop to second in the table. UCD’s hammering of Waterford United on Friday night means they are now just two points behind the Donegal club and significantly, both the Students and Wexford have played less games.

Horgan said it was a disappointing night all round.

“It wasn’t a good night for us,” he said.

“We knew going into the game that it was going to be difficult, but you can’t legislate for the kind of errors we made in the lead up to both goals. They cost us dearly.

“I think the most disappointing aspect of the night was the fact that defensively, we made the kind of mistakes that we haven’t been making this season.

“Of course we didn’t score either and that’s three games without a goal now which is also a worry.

“We didn’t score against UCD away and then against Athlone Town at home either. So that’s a concern and if we want to start winning games again, that’s something that’s going to have to change right away.”

Horgan will be hoping that new signing Rob Waters will be the answer to his team’s goalscoring problems. The Cork man made his debut in this game and almost scored a memorable opener when from long range he almost steered the ball into the empty net with Graham Doyle, the Wexford keeper, in no-man’s land.

At that stage however, Harps were already 2-0 behind. Furlong opened the scoring on 18 minutes, taking advantage of a mistake by Ciaran Gallagher who failed to deal with a ball on the edge of the Harps box and Furlong was able to score into the empty net.

Five minutes later, Gallagher conceded again. This time the visitors twice had opportunities to deal with an attack that saw Andy Mulligan eventually deliver a cross from the left which was finished by Furlong.

Harps, without the suspended Damien McNulty and Josh Mailey as well as the injured Packie Mailey, were forced to play Michael Funston at right back as an emergency defender.

They actually started this game quite well but were rocked back on their heels by those two Furlong goals.

Harps almost got themselves back into the game when Matthew Crossan’s well struck short was pushed away by Graham Doyle.

Tony McNamee and Kevin McHugh were both introduced around the hour and Kieran McDaid came on later in the half. But despite enjoying their fair share of possession, Harps just didn’t look like finding a breakthrough.

Horgan had gone with a fairly attacking formation which included Nathan Boyle, Wilfried Tagbo, Gareth Harkin and new signing Waters.

However, once again, Harps would hit a blank and as they prepare for the final series of matches in the season, Horgan’s men will have to start finding the net on a more consistent basis to ensure they don’t come up short in the battle for promotion.

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Lee Grace (Ryan Delaney 53), Willie Tyrell, Eric Molloy (John Pere 86), Craig Wall, Peter Higgins, Danny Furlong, Andy Mulligan, Shane Dunne (Chris Kenny 77), .

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Funston (Kieran McDaid 79), Keith Cowan, Thomas McMonagle, Ciaran Coll; Nathan Boyle, Raymond Foy, Matthew Crossan, Wilfried Tagbo (Tony McNamee ’62), Gareth Harkin (Kevin McHugh 65), Rob Waters

Referee: David Keeler.

Furlong goals sink Finn Harps in Wexford

Two quick-fire strikes from the league’s top goalscorer, Danny Furlong, gave Wexford Youths the points to send them top of the First Division at the expense of Harps.

It was another frustrating evening for Ollie Horgan’s side who were punished for some sloppy errors in the lead-up to both goals.

Wexford Youths 2

Finn Harps 0

Friday night’s result at Ferrycarrig Park means Harps now drop to second in the table. UCD’s hammering of Waterford United on Friday night means they are now just two points behind the Donegal club and significantly, both the Students and Wexford have played less games.

Horgan said it was a disappointing night all round.

“It wasn’t a good night for us,” he said.

“We knew going into the game that it was going to be difficult, but you can’t legislate for the kind of errors we made in the lead up to both goals. They cost us dearly.

“I think the most disappointing aspect of the night was the fact that defensively, we made the kind of mistakes that we haven’t been making this season.

“Of course we didn’t score either and that’s three games without a goal now which is also a worry.

“We didn’t score against UCD away and then against Athlone Town at home either. So that’s a concern and if we want to start winning games again, that’s something that’s going to have to change right away.”

Horgan will be hoping that new signing Rob Waters will be the answer to his team’s goalscoring problems. The Cork man made his debut in this game and almost scored a memorable opener when from long range he almost steered the ball into the empty net with Graham Doyle, the Wexford keeper, in no-man’s land.

At that stage however, Harps were already 2-0 behind. Furlong opened the scoring on 18 minutes, taking advantage of a mistake by Ciaran Gallagher who failed to deal with a ball on the edge of the Harps box and Furlong was able to score into the empty net.

Five minutes later, Gallagher conceded again. This time the visitors twice had opportunities to deal with an attack that saw Andy Mulligan eventually deliver a cross from the left which was finished by Furlong.

Harps, without the suspended Damien McNulty and Josh Mailey as well as the injured Packie Mailey, were forced to play Michael Funston at right back as an emergency defender.

They actually started this game quite well but were rocked back on their heels by those two Furlong goals.

Harps almost got themselves back into the game when Matthew Crossan’s well struck short was pushed away by Graham Doyle.

Tony McNamee and Kevin McHugh were both introduced around the hour and Kieran McDaid came on later in the half. But despite enjoying their fair share of possession, Harps just didn’t look like finding a breakthrough.

Horgan had gone with a fairly attacking formation which included Nathan Boyle, Wilfried Tagbo, Gareth Harkin and new signing Waters.

However, once again, Harps would hit a blank and as they prepare for the final series of matches in the season, Horgan’s men will have to start finding the net on a more consistent basis to ensure they don’t come up short in the battle for promotion.

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Lee Grace (Ryan Delaney 53), Willie Tyrell, Eric Molloy (John Pere 86), Craig Wall, Peter Higgins, Danny Furlong, Andy Mulligan, Shane Dunne (Chris Kenny 77), .

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Funston (Kieran McDaid 79), Keith Cowan, Thomas McMonagle, Ciaran Coll; Nathan Boyle, Raymond Foy, Matthew Crossan, Wilfried Tagbo (Tony McNamee ’62), Gareth Harkin (Kevin McHugh 65), Rob Waters

Referee: David Keeler.