Tuesday 20 August 2019

Youths share spoils

Shane Nolan of Wexford Youths steals a march on Michael Funston (Finn Harps) during Friday's encounter.
Shane Nolan of Wexford Youths steals a march on Michael Funston (Finn Harps) during Friday's encounter.

A JOEY Mulcahy 75th-minute strike gave Wexford Youths a point from this lack-lustre mid-table Division 1 clash with Finn Harps at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday last.

With just one home fixture remaining, Wexford Youths lost out on a glorious chance to leapfrog their opponents into fourth spot, which will now be all the more difficult in their remaining fixtures.

While it was an opportunity spurned, manager Shane Keegan will be more concerned at his side's failure to take all three home points, particularly after their fine away victory over Athlone Town the previous week. But it was the type of game that was always going to be deadlocked as it was a dull affair throughout the 90 minutes of limited action.

The game was only eight minutes old when Mulcahy had a shot from outside the area well held by 'keeper Ciarán Gallagher, while one minute later Danny Furlong saw a header go over the top off the crossbar.

Somewhat against the run of play the visitors took the lead and this in the 13th minute. Seán McGowan played a neat ball down the right edge of the area for Matt Harkin to control and make a few metres before placing a low shot across 'keeper Graham Doyle into the opposite corner of the net, giving them a 1-0 lead.

Neither side showed any real creativity up front but despite this the home side got back level in the 23rd minute.

Joey Mulcahy swung over an accurate free kick that was powerfully headed home by Jamie Carr, making it 1-1 which was how it remained to the interval.

On the resumption Finn Harps began to show more attacking options, taking a deserved 53rdminute lead when Kevin McHugh showed excellent first touch to brilliantly chip advancing 'keeper Graham Doyle to leave the ball nestling in the corner of the net for a 2-1 advantage.

Both sides were denied by the respective 'keepers before Wexford Youths eventually got back level when Joey Mulcahy availed of a breaking ball inside the area to shoot low to the right-hand corner of the net, giving his side a deserved equaliser.

The remaining 15 minutes failed to produce a goal as really neither 'keeper was tested during this closing spell.

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