Youths held to scoreless draw

By Alan Aherne

Published 23/10/2016 | 14:23

Lee Grace (Wexford Youths) Ryan Curran (Finn Harps)
Lee Grace (Wexford Youths) Ryan Curran (Finn Harps)
Paul Murphy (Wexford Youths) Ethan Boyle (Finn Harps)
(Wexford Youths) (Finn Harps)
Craig McCabe (Wexford Youths) Adam Hanton (Finn Harps)
Lee Chin (Wexford Youths) Ciaran Coll (Finn Harps)
Ian Bonner (Wexford Youths) Barry Molloy (Finn Harps)
(Wexford Youths) Paul Murphy

It went from a goal feast to an utter famine in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night when Wexford Youths were held to a scoreless draw by Finn Harps in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Wexford Youths 0 Finn Harps 0

The outcome means six points still divide the teams heading into the final week of the regulation season.

And even though Youths have a game in hand, with trips to Cork and Sligo on Monday and Friday respectively, it would take a most unlikely set of results for Shane Keegan's side to avoid the promotion/relegation play-off against Drogheda United or Cobh Ramblers.

Put simply, they would need to win twice, and Harps to lose their final game, and in that scenario Youths might edge them out on goal difference.

That's the wildly optimistic scenario, but it's more likely that Keegan will be using the two games next week as preparation for those do or die home and away play-offs.

Centre-half Packie Mailey squandered the best chance of the first-half when he somehow hooked the ball over from a few yards out after a corner in the 33rd minute.

Graham Doyle later made a fine save from Sean Houston, with Ryan Curran firing the rebound across the goalmouth.

Youths improved in the second-half and Danny Furlong, Conor Whittle and Paul Murphy all had chances, but nobody could break the deadlock.

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