Saturday 17 March 2018

Ciaran Gallagher the hero as Finn Harps take massive step towards Premier Division survival

Wexford Youths 0 Finn Harps 0

Finn Harps goalkeepeer Ciaran Gallagher
Finn Harps goalkeepeer Ciaran Gallagher

Ciaran Gallagher was the Finn Harps hero with a string of top saves at Ferrycarrig Park to all but secure the Donegal side’s Premier Division status.

Harps remain six points clear of Youths – who occupy the relegation play-off place – and need just a point from their last match at home to Bohemians to be mathematically safe.

They won’t even need that if Youths fail to win their back match at Cork City on Monday night.

Despite being on the back foot for most of the first half, Youths came alive in the second, but couldn’t find a way past Gallagher.

Danny Furlong’s low drive brought a decent save from Gallagher seven minutes in.

Gallagher then made the save of the game on 58 minutes, tipping over Conor Whittle’s drive after Aidan Keenan, Paul Murphy and Lee Chin carved the opening.

Whittle worked Gallagher again with a drive straight at the keeper before Murphy blazed over the top after Lee Grace picked him out with a sublime diagonal pass.

Gallagher then had the final say deep in stoppage time when turning Chris Kenny’s shot round a post.

Wexford Youths – Doyle; McCabe (Dunne 81), Grace, Kenny, O’Connor; Whittle (Dempsey 90), Chin, Bonner, Keenan; Murphy, Furlong.

Finn Harps – Gallagher; Boyle, J. Mailey, P. Mailey, Coll; Funston (Banda 72), Molloy, Harkin, Hanlon (Scully 84); Houston; Curran.

Referee: Rob Harvey (Dublin).

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