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Battle for survival intensifies as Wexford Youths claim vital three points

Aidan Keenan struck an 85th-minute winner to give Shane Keegan’s side a major lift.

Wexford Manager Shane Keegan (file pic).
Wexford Manager Shane Keegan (file pic).
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Finn Harps 0

Wexford Youths 1

THE PREMIER DIVISION’s battle for survival just got a little tighter all of a sudden.

Aidan Keenan struck an 85th-minute winner for Wexford Youths in this fight of the newly promoted sides.

Keenan, on in the 76th minute as a substitute, slammed a close-range header past Harps goalkeeper Richard Brush after connecting to a free kick by Donegal man Jonny Bonner.

It was a night of few chances and, just when it was heading for a share of the spoils, Keenan popped up with the golden strike.

Both teams were forced into a change in the eighth minute when Damien McNulty and Danny Ledwith had to be replaced after a coming together that ended their participation.

Aidan Friel, Wexford’s early replacement, teed up Andy Mulligan for the first opening of note on the half-hour, but Mulligan’s attempt flew well wide of Brush’s target.

Danny Furlong was denied by a last-gasp Keith Cowan tackle and Stephen Last saw a dangerous header bounce back off the covering Ruairi Keating, in for his first Harps start of the campaign.

Brush did well to beat away a Mulligan free early in the second half after Harps’ Sean Houston tested Graham Doyle, the Wexford netminder.

Finn Harps: Richard Brush; Damien McNulty (Ethan Boyle 7), Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Adam Hanlon (Michael Funston 73), Raymond Foy (Kevin McHugh 84), Barry Molloy, Sean Houston; Ryan Curran; Ruairi Keating.

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Stephen Last, Lee Grace; Shane Dunne, Chris Kenny, Jonny Bonner (Shane Dempsey 90), Danny Ledwith (Aidan Friel 7); Andy Mulligan (Aidan Keenan 76), Danny Furlong,

Referee: Ray Matthews (Mullingar).

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