First
Date: 8 p.m. March 23, 2018
Venue: Finn Park
Att: 734
TV:

Michael O'Connor 68' -
Scored: 68'


Red: 52'
- Owen McCormack 52'



League Preview: Finn Harps - V - Wexford

Fri, Mar 23 2018

Credit: Steve Alfred

FINN HARPS

Harps have had a mixed bag of form so far in the First Division although they are unbeaten with two games played.

They were disappointed to draw 1-1 with Shelbourne at home but to go down to Cobh and beat the Rams 2-0 is no mean feat.

Ollie Horgan will be hoping his side can keep their unbeaten run going against a Wexford side who will be looking to come back from a tough defeat against Drogheda last week.

“Yes we have had a decent start on balance when you consider that we only managed a draw at home to Shelbourne but then went down to Cobh on Saturday night and got a win,” Ollie Horgan told the club’s website.

“People are expecting us to win against Wexford and they got well beaten by Drogheda last Friday night. If our players think that is going to be the case or it will be easy then we will be big in trouble.

“Wexford have plenty of quality. Lads like Chris Kenny and Thomas Croke have played in the Premier Division. Mark Slater, Ross Kenny and Sean Hurley are decent players and will cause us bother if we are not at the pace of the game from the start to the finish.”

Knee injuries have ruled Gareth Harkin and BJ Banda out of contention for tomorrow night while Paddy McCourt is a major doubt after damaging a calf muscle during last week’s game against Cobh Ramblers. Eric Whelan is still continuing his recovery from a groin problem while Aidan Friel has been declared fit to play.

WEXFORD

Wexford began their First Division campaign brightly when they defeated Cabinteely by a goal in Stradbrook on the opening night of the season.

Since then things have been tough for Damian Locke’s men, they were defeated 3-0 by Longford before being humbled at Ferrycarraig Park by Drogheda last week when they were defeated 8-1.

They’ll be looking to bounce back as soon as possible from that embarrassing defeat and their first opportunity comes tomorrow night when they travel to Ballybofey to take on Finn Harps.

Defender Conor Sutton is Locke’s only injury concern although the palyer is approaching match fitness once again.

Referee: David Dunne

MATCH STATS

Friday night is the first ever meeting between Wexford FC and Finn Harps.

Wexford have only won one of their previous seven First Division games.

BETTING

Finn Harps 4/9; Draw 4/1; Wexford 79/10.

PREDICTION

Finn Harps 2-0 Wexford

Finn Harps

Injured: Gareth Harkin, BJ Banda.

Doubtful: Eric Whelan, Paddy McCourt.

Suspended: None.

Wexford

Injured: Conor Sutton.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Mark Coyle
Defender
Keith Cowan
Defender
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Sam Todd
Defender
Michael O'Connor
68Scored: 68'
88Booked: 88'
Midfielder
Tommy McBride
Midfielder
Jesse Devers
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Midfielder
Ciaran O'Connor
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Midfielder
Mark Timlin
73Booked: 73'
Midfielder
John O'Flynn
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Hannon
Midfield
Aidan Friel
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Midfield
Adam Duffy
71'
71Subbed On: 71'
Forward
Peter Burke
Goalkeeper
Lee Toland
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Liam Walsh
Forward
Eric Whelan
Midfield
Wexford
Kealan Gaffney
Goalkeeper
Sean Hurley
Defender
Ross Kenny
Defender
18Booked: 18'
Aidan Lehane
Defender
Liam McCartan
Defender
82Booked: 82'
Owen McCormack
Defender
52Sent off: 52'
Chris Kenny
Midfielder
Thomas Croke
Midfielder
16Booked: 16'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Mikey Byrne
Midfielder
John Morgan
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Danny Doyle
Forward 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'

Substitutes
Dean Kelly
Midfield
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Sean Kelly
Midfield
Dean George
Forward
Colum Feeney
Goalkeeper
Shane Barnes
Forward
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Owen Wall
Midfield
82Subbed On: 82'
82'


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