Finn Harps 1 Wexford Youths 1
Ten man Finn Harps came from behind to salvage a point against Wexford Youths at Finn Park.
The Donegal side went into the game in third spot a point behind second placed Wexford.
Harps had the better of things in the first half with Ruairi Keating spurning great chance early on and Johnny Bonner going close before Keith Cowan had a goal disallowed on 35 minutes, seemingly for an infringement inside the box.
Harps were reduced to ten men on 43 minutes when Cowan was shown a straight red card for retaliating against Danny Furlong as tempers flared.
Wexford’s best chance was a counter-attack that saw Eric Molloy firing wide – although he had strayed into an off-side position.
Harps had to re-jig their formation for the second half and the general consensus at the break was that they might well be happy to settle for a point.
Danny Furlong issued a warning to Harps on 52 minutes that the visitors were seeking all three points, and there was a sense of relief in the home camp as his shot flashed across the face of goal and wide.
Kilian Cantwell then put the visitors ahead with a speculative effort from the edge of the box on 65 minutes.
Suddenly, Harps knew they had the proverbial mountain to climb if they were to avoid a first home defeat of the season.
But Wexford began to look increasingly comfortable.
Harps brought on new signing Caoimhin Bonner and Sean McCarron for Tommy Bonner and Johnny Bonner respectively on 73 minutes in a bid to salvage something.
And on 85 minutes Harps drew level. Keating went down in the box following a corner and referee Ben Con nolly awarded a penalty, much to the anger of Wexford ‘keeper Graham Doyle who was subsequently booked.
Keating stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to give Harps a share of the spoils.
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