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Fighting Harps bounce back in style

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fighting Harps bounce back in style thumbnailKillian Cantwell about to clear the ball for Finn Harps against Bohemians F.C.

FINN HARPS showed true grit to overhaul an in-form Bohemians side to notch up another well-deserved victory in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division at Finn Park, Ballybofey last Friday night.

Finn Harps...2
Bohemains...1

It was an important three points for the home team amid the fiercest of relegation dogfights with goals from Eddie Dsane and Sean Houston sealing the victory after Dinny Corcoran opened the scoring for the Dalymount Park side.

The visitors took the lead with a splendid goal after 29 minutes from Corcoran, who volleyed home first time across Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher after a neat pass from Keith Ward. The score blotched Gallagher's clean sheet on his 200th appearance for the Ballybofey club.

A minute later Shane Supple, the Bohemians netminder, had to dash from his line to block Gareth Harkin's shot on goal after a smart pass from Caolan McAleer.

Harps got back on terms with a fantastic goal of their own. Dsane, who opened his season's account with a free-kick at United Park against Drogheda United a week beforehand, sliced a crisp shot from the edge of the penalty area into the bottom corner as McAleer's centre was headed clear on 34 minutes.

The 'Bohs' had been on a decent run of form of late, picking up 10 points from four outings prior to a 1-0 loss at Dundalk's hands last Wednesday week.

Harps went close inside of five minutes when Packie Mailey got a header onto a free-kick from McAleer, only for Supple to save comfortably. Omagh's McAleer and Dsane went close again at the break approached.

 

Half-time Finn Harps 1 Bohemians 1

 

Paddy McCourt was giving a master class in distribution throughout the first half and this continued into the second when shot marginally over the crossbar as Supple punched a deep ball in from Barry Molloy.

Harps raised the roof on 58 minutes as they went ahead and at the time it was no more than they deserved through Houston, who set the tone for the move with a committed challenge on Fuad Sule.

McAleer was typically involved and his squared ball found McCourt just over 20 yards from goal. The former Celtic and Derry City winger, with time in what should've been a congested area, played a fabulous pass into a pocket of space for Houston to slot home.

Bohemians could have drawn level when Ward centred but with indecision in the Harps defence, nobody put their name on it to take a shot and the ball trickled across the goal.

Dsane wasn't far off with a free-kick six minutes from time before making way for Harps' new signing, French-born Ibrahim Div-Ke´ta. Gallagher saved well in a cluttered area from Ian Morris in the latter stages as Harps held on through six minutes of injury time to post the win to put them four points above the dropzone.

Referee Derek Tomney didn't endear himself to the home crowd with some strange decisions throughout the game but nevertheless, Harps played their part in what proved a well deserved win.

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Damien McNulty, Packie Mailey, Kilian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll; Caolan McAleer, Gareth Harkin, Barry Molloy, Eddie Dsane (Ibrahim Div-Ke´ta); Sean Houston, Danny Morrissey (Paddy McCourt 42).

Bohemains: Shane Supple; Dan Casey, Rob Comwall, Daniel Byrne, Ian Morris; George Poynton, Fuad Sule (Oscar Brennan 65),Philip Gannon, Lorcan Fitzgerald (Ishmail Akinade 75); Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward.

Referee: Derek Tomney.

 

Harps v Derry in Ballybofey next Monday

All roads lead to Ballybofey next Monday night for the biggest local derby in the Irish football calendar. Finn Harps against Derry City has been rescheduled for that date, July 24 in Ballybofey (kick-off 8pm). The game had originally been fixed for Friday, June 30 but was postponed due to Derry's Europa League qualifier commitments. Meanwhile, the Harps game against Cork City due to be played at Finn Park this Friday, July 21, has been postponed due to the Leesiders UEFA Europa League commitments. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

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