Finn Harps may have to travel the length of the country to get home after tonight’s game against Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park.
Wexford …0 Finn Harps…1
But the journey will be all that shorter thanks to a James Crawford own goal and another three points for Dave Rogers side.
Following on the back of last week’s decent 2-0 win over lowly Treaty United, Harps have now climbed to sixth place, just above tonight’s opponents.
The Donegal side worked hard throughout the game and Rogers will feel his side were value for the win despite the manner of the goal.
That decisive goal came in the 85th minute when Sean O’Donnell sent a long ball into the area only for the ball to go into the Wexford goal off James Crawford.
Wexford had the better of the early chances through the likes of Mark Hanratty and Hugh Douglas with Harps keeper Tim Hiemer earning his wages in the opening half.
Harps started the second half the brighter with Da Silva looking more menacing as the game worse on.
Shouts from the Harps bench for a penalty when Da Silva was taken down in the box by Douglas in the 46th minute were waved away by the referee.
Both sides had half chances before the home side perhaps should have opened the scoring in the 72nd minute.
A low cross from Dobbs into the area only needed a tap in from Piper but the Wexford player couldn’t get the decisive touch.
With five minutes left on the watch it appeared that Harps were heading for their fifth draw but Shane’s McMonagle’s
deflected cross was to change all that.
Not that Dave Rogers will care by the manner in which the goal came.
Harps now have two home games in a row against Longford Town next Friday and Athlone Town the following Monday.
After a shaky start, points from these two outings could finally give Rogers side the platform he has been searching for from his young side.
Harps: Heimer, Baba, Flood, Filip D Silva Harris (Mashigo), Keogh, Jordan, McMonagle, Farrar, Okqwute (O’Donnell), Rainey.