Bonner returns to old stomping ground

Bonner returns to old stomping ground

Friday night's SSE Airtricity Premier Division game at Finn Park marks the return to Ballybofey of former Harps player Jonny Bonner.

The Buncrana man spent two and a half seasons with the Donegal club, part of which was during Ollie Horgan's first campaign in charge.

“I'm really looking forward to Friday night,” Bonner said this week.

“At the start of the season, I looked to see when we'd be playing Harps. I'm still friends with a few of the lads there so it should be good.”

Bonner has been a mainstay in the Wexford midfield this season and has been in good form, despite his team's struggles.

“The strange thing is we've played well in quite a number of matches,” he said.

“We've been drawing games we probably could have won and we've lost a few games that could easily have ended in draws.

“So from that point of view, we've been unlucky.”

Their position at the lower end of the table - they lie just three points ahead of bottom club Longford - is getting more precarious by the week.

Bonner said Wexford's immediate aim now is to avoid being overtaken by Longford.

“Mind you, if you can string two or three wins together, we'd be right back among the clubs ahead of us,” he added.

For Bonner, who has also played with Buncrana Hearts, Derry City and Letterkenny Rovers, this season marks his first in the Premier Division. He's enjoying the experience and feels Wexford are good enough to survive.

“There's a different intensity to matches,” he pointed out.

“When you meet teams like Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk early on, you quickly realise that the intensity is so different. But we've got used to it now and we're really enjoying it.”