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Thursday 23 November 2017

Youths have everything to play for

Jonny Bonner in a midfield exchange with Seán Houghton of Finn Harps
Jonny Bonner in a midfield exchange with Seán Houghton of Finn Harps

Wexford Youths go into their final home game of the 2016 regular season with everything to play for, thanks to an extraordinary 5-4 win against Galway United last week.

Wexford have now secured at least a playoff place, and can now look up the table and consider the chance of securing guaranteed Premier Division status for next year. 

Wexford are currently six points behind Finn Harps in tenth place, so a win on Friday night plus a win in one of their final two games could turn an extraordinary comeback dream into a reality.

Shane Keegan recognised that a potentially huge turn-around was now a definite possibility, and believes the pressure is now on an injury-depleted Finn Harps:

'Before last weekend's results the play-off seemed like a certainty.  Now all of a sudden, things have gotten interesting and if we could pull off a result in this one they would get very very interesting. That inevitably puts a bit of pressure on Harps.

'There's never very much between the two sides [Wexford Youths and Finn Harps] and this one will be no different. The play-off is still a likelihood but let's just go and try and win this one and see what happens from there.'

Gary Delaney remains sidelined through injury, while the rest of the Youths' squad is fully available to Shane Keegan.

Finn Harps will be without their talismanic defender Keith Cowan, following an operation in the past week.  Wexford Youths wish him a speedy recovery.

Also out for Harps are Damien McNulty, Josh Mailey and Ruari Keating, while Sean Houston, Barry Molloy, Adam Hanlon and Mickey Funston are doubtful.  Kevin McHugh has retired following an injury earlier this month, the club also wishes him best of luck in future.

Kick off in Ferrycarrig Park is set for 8pm

 

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