Finn Harps will be playing Premier Division football again next season after Wexford Youths were unable last night to secure the necessary three points against Cork City. A victory for Shane Keegan’s side at Turners Cross would have meant Harps needing a draw from their final game against Bohemians this Friday night in Ballybofey (kick-off 8,00) to be sure of top-flight football in 2017.
Fears that Cork, with little to play for after Dundalk winning the league title on Sunday night, would take their foot of the pedal did not materialize as John Caufield’s side romped to a 5-0 win over Wexford on Monday night.
The pressure was off for Harps fans by the break as the hosts, with seven personnel changes, had banged four goals past Youths keeper Graham Doyle. Ollie Horgan’s squad had been training last night and the players only learned the good news on their home.
This will no doubt ensure a party atmosphere at Finn Park on Friday night as the club celebrates the momentous achievement of its retention of premier division status for the first time in three attempts and also marks the occasion of Kevin McHugh’s last game as part of a Harps squad.
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