Finn Harps vs Wexford by Luke
Finn Harps visited Bray two weeks ago in their most recent game and the team had every chance of walking away with something, but didn't have exactly positive performance in the end. They were restricted to a passive role in the first halftime and conceded the only goal in the match, back in 32nd minute. They did try to react in the second halftime, but without greater intensity to attack.
This defeat stopped their streak of three consecutive victories, as they previously won against Galway, Longford and Sligo Rovers. Despite the defeat, their progress so far is more than positive, as the team currently stands at eight position with twenty-three points earned, just one point behind sixth placed Sligo. The difference in comparison to the relegation zone is now eleven points and in case the team gets a positive result today as well, we could say that the team did more than great for now.
No doubt that the target remains a victory, since they want to detach themselves from any kind of relegation trouble as soon as possible. Defender Ciaran Coll (16/0) and midfielder Tony McNamee (15/1) overcame their problems and are available for this one. Midfielder Gareth Harkin (15/0) is still sidelined injured, while doubtful for tonight's game remains full back Josh Mailey with very little chances to play.
Wexford, on the other side, comes from another defeat, this time away from home last weekend against Galway when they suffered 4:2 loss. However, they didn't enter the game that bad, taking the lead surprisingly back in 22nd minute via Dunne. Despite all the efforts, only sixteen minutes later they were back in the scoreline with the home team reacting well and getting a 2:1 lead at halftime thanks to goals from Shanahan and Faherty.
Connolly doubled up their lead already in the second halftime, while it was even more tougher for the visiting side once they stood playing with a man less back in 72nd minute, with both teams scoring once more till the end. Players of Wexford showed decent fighting spirit, but once again also showed serious problems, especially in the defense. They are now counting five consecutive defeats in league and the things are far away from bright.
They are currently second from the bottom, having three points more than last placed Longford, but also four points away from safely placed Bray. The team continues to miss midfielders Peter Higgins (1/0), Eric Molloy (18/2), full back Conor Whittle (4/0), all due injuries. Suspended for tonight's game is striker Paul Murphy (19/3).
- Wexford Youths have been losing at both half time and full time in their last 5 matches.
Finn Harps looked too reliable in front of own fans against teams such as Wexford. I believe that the visitors won't be able to stay undefeated here with their defensive gaps and that the hosts will get the victory easy or hard.