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After a fine performance against second placed Drogheda United last week, Wexford FC head to Ballybofey to take on third placed Finn Harps tomorrow night in good spirits but knowing that another huge effort is required to take something from the game.

The home team are in an ideal position to still have an outside chance for the First Division title (7 points behind U.C.D) but may have to settle for a play off position fight with Shelbourne and Drogheda with just 5 games remaining this year. They are just behind Drogheda in third position on goal difference (Wexford doing them a favour taking points off United at Ferrycarrig last Friday) and are on a good run, unbeaten in 5 having beaten fellow play off challengers Drogheda and Longford in recent weeks as well as drawing with Shelbourne.

Ollie Horgan with his vast experience isn't getting carried away with their recent form and knows a battle lies ahead to get a vital three points. And a battle it could be! Finn Harps have the worst disciplinary record in the First Division this year (56 yellows and 4 reds) followed closely by Wexford who have the third worst record (41 yellows and 4 reds), in fact the last time the sides met at Finn Park back in March, Owen McCormack was red carded in the 50th minute, the game at 0-0. Twenty minutes later Michael O'Connor scored the winner for the home team. 

It was also a close affair at Ferrycarrig for our second meeting in the League in May, Paddy McCourt scoring from the spot after one of the softest penalty decisions your'e ever likely to see before Dean Kelly struck a late equalizer. Kelan Gaffney was terrific in the Wexford goal that night and may be called upon again with Corey Chambers headed back to the U.S after his summer spell at Ferrycarrig.

Harps will be without McCourt tomorrow night as well as Adam Duffy and John O'Flynn who are all injured. Keith Cowan will also miss the game through suspension.

Wexford will only have one more away day after returning from Donegal (a trip to Eamonn Deacy Park vs Galway in September) along with three home games to finish the 2018 season (Shelbourne, Cobh and Athlone) as well as an FAI Cup tie at home against Bohemians next week. The Ferrycarrig home crowd were delighted with last weeks performance against Drogheda (a young inexperienced team down to 10 men for most of the second half) as Wexford put up a fight to earn a point while also looking threatening up front, new signing Dean Walsh voted Player of the Match and Paddy Cahill excelling in midfield and then in defence as we went a man down. A terrific team performance all round we can hopefully repeat at Ballybofey.  

Our injury list is slowly clearing up for the run in, Ross Kenny, AJ Lehane and Ryan Nolan all returned to full training this week while Aaron Dobbs is nearing closer and closer to a return to action. Missing for sure though is Sean Kelly who is suspended after his red card against Drogheda while John Morgan is a doubt with a groin strain.

Kick off at Finn Park tomorrow night is at 8pm.

 

 

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