Monday 11 December 2017

Elmes the saviour

TOM ELMES fired home an injury-time equaliser to give Wexford Youths their third consecutive Airtricity League Division 1 draw at Finn Park on Saturday evening last.

FINN HARPS 3 Mcmonagle 27, Mchugh 59, Mcgowan 86 WEXFORD YOUTHS 3 S. Nolan 7, Mulcahy 20, Elmes 90

Youths raced into a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes but were staring defeat in the face when Shane McGowan slotted home four minutes from time. However, that wasn't counting on substitute Elmes who had only been on the pitch for six minutes.

Despite missing the suspended Aidan Keenan, Youths made the brighter start and went ahead as early as the seventh minute when Shane Nolan's lob evaded home goalkeeper Ciarán Gallagher and nestled in the top corner of the net.

Visitors' stopper Graham Doyle was called into action twice himself as Kevin McHugh and Mark Scoltock both tested his reflexes, but Wexford soon struck again.

It was Dean Broaders playing the role of provider for Youths' second as his ball over the top sent Joey Mulcahy away and the striker finished from close range at the second attempt following an initial save from Gallagher.

The two-goal lead lasted only seven minutes as Thomas McMonagle headed home at the back post following poor defending from Youths from a corner.

Brian Nolan almost re-established the two-goal lead at the interval as he forced Gallagher into a full-length save, and Youths would be made to pay after the break when Kevin McHugh blasted home a free-kick from well outside the penalty area.

Again Wexford Youths could have gone ahead with Danny Furlong the latest to be denied and, true to form, Wexford were left cursing their luck as Shaun McGowan sped away to catapult Finn Harps into an 86th-minute lead.

Yet, just when it looked like a defeat, Elmes struck to save the day for the visitors, meaning they go into Tuesday night's friendly with Bradford City on a three-match unbeaten run.

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