Harps undone by late Wexford winner

AIRTRICITY PREMIER DIVISION

Diarmaid Doherty sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Gary Delaney headed a late winner to give Wexford Youths the points at Finn Park on Friday night.

Finn Harps 0

Wexford Youths 1

Delaney did brilliantly to glance a free kick in past Richard Brush on 85 minutes.

It could prove a vital three points for Wexford in their quest for survival.

For Harps it was a disappointing night. Ollie Horgan had described this as his team's biggest match of the season, but for long periods of this game, it was the visitors who played the better football.

Former Harps man, Jonny Bonner impressed in the Wexford midfield as the visitors looked the more threatening. Danny Furlong had their best chance shortly after the half hour but he was denied by a brilliant saving challenge from Keith Cowan.

Harps, for whom Ciaran Coll made a welcome return from injury, never really threatened in the first half.

Thankfully for the home supporters, they improved after the break and Sean Houston almost gave them the lead three minutes in but his shot was beaten away by the Wexford keeper, Graham Doyle.

As the half wore on however, Wexford began to gain the upperhand again and Andy Mulligan was unfortunate to see his well struck free kick pushed away by Richard Brush.

Wexford eventually made the breakthrough in the dying minutes when from one of countless set piece situations, Delaney guided the ball home.

Right at the death, Ruairi Keating almost headed an equaliser but his effort drifted the wrong side of the post.

But in truth, it would have been tough on Wexford had Harps denied them the win.

Finn Harps: Richard Brush, Damien McNulty (Ethan Boyle 7), Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Barry Molloy, Ryan Curran, Raymond Foy (Kevin McHugh 83), Ruairí Keating , Sean Houston, Adam Hanlon (Michael Funston 72).

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Lee Grace, Gary Delaney, Stephen Last, Chris Kenny, Andy Mulligan (Aidan Keenan 76), Jonny Bonner (Shane Dempsey 92), Danny Furlong, Shane Dunne, Danny Ledwith (Aidan Friel 7).

Referee: Ray Matthews.

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