Once again, Harps will have to plan without the injured Keith Cowan, while Stephen O’Donnell is also a doubt having limped off in each of the last two games.
Harps failed to build on their 4-3 victory over Mervue United in their last home game when they travelled to Athlone Town last Friday night.
“Second half performance wasn’t great”, said Harps Director of Football Felix Healy in the aftermath of the games at Lissywollen. “The pitch was exceptionally poor which didn’t help the kind of tempo we wanted to achieve.”
Healy was disappointed that a lot of his team didn’t perform to the levels which he knows they can achieve.
“Thomas McMonagle and Thomas McBride were terrific but not enough players performed at the levels they are capable of. In terms of the result, we should have come away with something.
“Despite, what I’ve suggested above, with just fifteen minutes to go, we had the initiative and missed a glorious chance seconds before their first goal, which should have been disallowed for handball offence which the referee missed. To be fair their second was a terrific free kick. However, even then we had opportunities to get ourselves back into the game.”
Harps have conceded at least two goals in each of their opening three games of the season, something that is a worry for the Harps Management team.
“Conceding seven goals in just three games is certainly cause for concern”, said Healy. “We need to defend individually and as a team much better. A clean sheet and three points would do us the world of good.”
With Harps playing two games in the space of 48 hours – Harps face the Mayo League in the EA Sports Cup on Monday evening at Finn Park (kick-off 7.45pm) – Healy has indicated that he may make changes on Saturday.
“We will be making one or possibly more changes and hopefully we achieve the win and a clean sheet against Wexford,” said Healy. “We may well make further changes for the Mayo game and it’s a tie I would like to win.”
Doubtful: Stephen O’Donnell (medial ligament)
Injured: Keith Cowan (double hairline fracture ankle).
Form Guide (last six league games)
Finn Harps: W-L-L-L-W-L (6 pts)
Wexford Youths: L-L-W-W-D-L (7 pts)
Last six home games against Wexford Youths
10/08/2007 – Finn Harps 1-0 Wexford Youths (First Division)
25/07/2009 – Finn Harps 0-2 Wexford Youths (First Division)
09/04/2010 – Finn Harps 2-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)
24/09/2010 – Finn Harps 1-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)
06/05/2011 – Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)
22/10/2011 – Finn Harps 4-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)
Finn Harps Goalscorers 2012
Adam Clarke – 2
Kevin McHugh – 2
Thomas McMonagle – 1
Finn Harps Results 2012 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)
16/03/2012 – Athlone Town 2-0 Finn Harps
10/03/2012 – Finn Harps 4-3 Mervue United (Clarke, McHugh 2, McMonagle)
02/03/2012 – Limerick 2-1 Finn Harps (Clarke)