Date Time League Season
23 June 2023 8:00 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Dobbs goal helps Wexford to points at Harps

Aaron Drobbs’ drilled strike in the sixty-fourth minute proved pivotal as Wexford triumphed at Finn Park tonight, closing in on the playoff places.

Hoping that the 2-3 victory away to Longford Town a fortnight ago would spur his side on, Dave Rogers brought in matchwinning winger that night, Damian Duffy to start whilst his Wexford counterpart, Ian Ryan welcomed back forward Danny Furlong.

Another scorer at Bishopsgate went close early for Harps, Ryan Flood’s free kick drawing a sharp save from Charlie Heffernan. 

Eight minutes in though and Furlong spurned the clearest chance created so far.  Freed by Aaron Dobbs’ lovely vision on a swift counterattack, Furlong could only scuff tamely at Tim Heimer. 

Caoimhin Porter, as ever, was putting in a lively shift down the right but with Sean O’Donnell well-placed, Porter powered a shot in himself which Heffernan parried.

That got the Finn Park crowd, plus the brave eight Wexford supporters, murmuring and a Duffy driver in the twenty-third minute that almost flashed into the top left corner drew applause, a sparkly moment in a fraught stalemate.

With Wexford content to sit deep and break, Harps next came close via set pieces.  Flood delivered, captain Keith Cowan headed goalwards but Corban Piper calmly cleared for the visitors.

A mazy O’Donnell dribble that came to nought ended the first half as apt metaphor reflecting Harps’ huff and puff but, so far, lack of killer instinct in front of goal.

Despite the arrival of Aaron McLaughin up front, Wexford clawed their way into dictating the game, a Dobbs drive flashing wide. 

And so, Harps couldn’t claim they weren’t warned as moments later, Dobbs put a dagger through home hearts.

Reece Webb, excellent in attack and defence, meandered up the right, pinged a careful cross in where the just arrived substitute Mark Hanratty unselfishly laid it off to the better, centrally placed Dobbs and the captain made no mistake, rifling his shot into Heimer’s bottom corner. 

The goal changed how the match was dictated as the onus shifted back to Harps having to break down Wexford. 

That suited Ian Ryan’s men perfectly as illustrated by a Dobbs half-volley going just off target. 

McLaughlin though spruced Harps’ attack up rightly and twice the teenager demonstrated his pace, soaring down the left unstoppably but his crosses lacked precision with team mates also lumbering in their efforts to keep up with his speedy surges!

Ben Lynch blocked crucially but it was a final ten minutes of nearly-moments for Rogers and co. 

A corner deep into additional time saw Heimer sent up but summing up their night, an attacker slipped at the key second and Wexford held on. 

This continues Harps’ worrying home form and a trip to a reeling Waterford side, who battered them 4-0 recently, doesn’t make life any easier.

Wexford trek to Longford next Saturday night, now with an even firmer eye on bursting into the playoff positions.

Finn Harps

1Tim Heimer Goalkeeper
4Daithi McCallion Defender 18'
5Keith Cowan Defender
6Noe Baba Defender 59'
7Ryan Flood Defender
14Caoimhin Porter Defender
15Kevin Jordan 3 Defender
17Shane McMonagle 18 Midfielder
9Filip Da Silva 28 Forward
20Sean O’Donnell Forward
21Damian Duffy Midfielder 38'
25Oisin Cooney Goalkeeper
3Max Johnston 15 Forward
8Katlego Mashigo Midfielder
10Michael Harris Forward
18Ellis Farrar 17 Defender
28Aaron McLaughlin 9 Forward

Wexford FC

18Charlie Heffernan Goalkeeper
3Ben Lynch Midfielder 57'
4Hugh Douglas 30 Defender 2'
13James Crawford Defender
20Reece Webb Defender
8Brandon McCann Midfielder 59'
16Corban Piper Midfielder
17Kian Corbally Midfielder
10Aaron Dobbs Forward 64'
15Danny Furlong 11 Forward
7Karl Chambers 2 Forward
1Colm Cox Goalkeeper
2Darragh Levingston 7 Midfielder
11Mark Hanratty 15 Midfielder
12Matthew Dunne Defender
19Evan Farrell Forward
30Sean Fitzpatrick 4 Forward
22Kaylem Harnett Midfielder
23Jordon Tallon Defender
  • 95'

    FULL TIME - Wexford have seen it out and take the three points, thanks to Dobbs' strike!

  • 93'

    Harps' intensity has well increased now but could be in vain, they'll want one chance

  • 92'

    Heffernan claims Flood's corner as Wexford count the clock down

  • 90'

    Loose touch from the tireless McCann sees a Wexford foray forward fizzle out, into five minutes additional time!

  • 85'

    Ellis Farrar on for McMonagle

  • 82'

    McLaughlin is lively off the bench and he accelerates down the left but Flood is beaten to the cross!

  • 80'

    Great hit from Flood, just past the post after an alert Duffy spotted him on the D

  • 78'

    Sean Fitzpatrick on for Douglas as Wexford frustrate Harps, it's a quiet Finn Park now

  • 73'

    Bit of momentum for Harps as McLaughlin breezes in behind and has men square, he plays the pass by out of nowhere, Lynch appears to make a CRUCIAL block

  • 71'

    Max Johnston replaces Kevin Jordan in Harps' second switch

  • 70'

    Dobbs is in again, this time Hanratty supplies the killer pass, but Heimer is out quickly and forces Dobbs left and to overrun it

  • 67'

    Lovely stuff from Wexford, slicing Harps open as Dobbs turns provider for Hanratty whose flashing hit is saved by Heimer's legs!

  • 64'

    Wexford take the front! Captain Dobbs calmly slotting home after a neat Levingston layoff from Webb's cross

  • 62'

    Double Wexford change as Mark Hanratty and Darragh Levingston are introduced

  • 59'

    Noe Baba and Brandon McCann both booked for overzealous tustling at a free kick

  • 57'

    Ben Lynch booked as Dave Rogers introduces young striker Aaron McLaughlin in place of da Silva

  • 56'

    Wexford bossing it offensively now as Dobbs and Reece Webb craft space for Dobbs to shoot but Heimer blocks his near post well

  • 50'

    Better stuff from Wexford as early pressure leads to McCallion heading away crucially but Flood, rapid, overruns the ball

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF - Away we go again!

  • 45'

    HALF TIME - Scoreless but Finn Harps have edged it, Wexford are very defensive at the moment!

  • 42'

    Lovely pass by Porter releases O'Donnell who dribbles directly but sees his intended cross blocked, Harps applying the attacking pressure!

  • 38'

    Duffy carded harshly for stopping a Wexford three v two

  • 31'

    Finn Harps force a few corners and from the first of these go close again. Ryan Flood's delivery met meatily by Keith Cowan but Corban Piper is in the right place at the right time to clear

  • 23'

    CHANCE - Best quality on show so far comes from Damien Duffy who drives in a pelter of a volley on Heffernan's goal and it nudges the angle of crossbar/post on it's way over, so close!

  • 18'

    Daithi McCallion booked, joining Hugh Douglas in the book. Before that, Porter had powered up field but with Sean O'Donnell square, he shot himself and Heffernan parried

  • 14'

    Decent opening for Harps who themselves counter through Caoimhin Porter but dogged tracking back by Kian Corbally snuffs out the chance

  • 8'

    CHANCE - Rapid Wexford counterattack as Aaron Dobbs holds up brilliantly before swivelling and sending Danny Furlong running through unopposed but his shot is tame and Tim Heimer has an easy save to make, in the end

  • 2'

    CHANCE - Early free kick to Finn Harps, Shane McMonagle starting strongly in midfield. From it, Charlie Heffernan saves well from Ryan Flood's effort before Filip da Silva can get to the rebound

  • KICK OFF - Underway!

  • One Wexford change with Danny Furlong back fit to start, they, unlike their hosts, name seven substitutes

  • The headline home team news is a first start for matchwinner, a fortnight ago, in Bishopsgate, Damian Duffy earning his first full start whilst Ellis Farrar returns as a substitute

  • Good evening and you're very welcome to tonight's LOI coverage as the PD and FD resume following the international break. My name's Rory Morrow and I'll be keeping you updated on all the action from Ballybofey as Finn Harps host Wexford, kick off is at 8pm with team news on the way!

Past Meetings

(Round 10)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC 0-1 Finn Harps FC

(Round 4)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC 0-0 Wexford FC

7:45 pm
LOI Men's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Finn Harps FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC v Wexford FC

1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Finn Harps FC


Finn Park
Finn Park, Navenny Street, Stranorlar Electoral Division, Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District, County Donegal, F93 Y27K, Ireland