Harps record impressive cup win over Bohs

Thursday, 17 August 2017

FINN Harps ripped out a top drawer performance to knock a stubborn Bohemianside out of this year s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup in an end-to-end edge of the seat clash at Finn Park, Ballybofey last Friday night.

Finn Harps...4
(after extra time)

Not only did this game have everything but the winning goal, which came in the first period of extra time would have graced any top flight game any day.

Eddie Dsane s cracking shot from outside the box caught the Dubliners defence napping and the sweetly struck shot zapped the crossbar and nipped in even before the unsuspecting visitor s keeper knew what had happened!

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan had to shuffle his pack for this first round tie due to injuries and suspensions. It meant first full starts for Tommy McBride and Pascal Millien while Jonny Bonner and Abrahim Kieta were also included in the starting 11 that started the game. The visitors, who were late arriving due to a bus breakdown, had been looking to exact revenge after losing to Harps in the league in Ballybofey last month.

And that objective appeared to be going to plan when Dinny Corcoran had put the visitors in front on 23 minutes firing a fantastic shot past Ciaran Gallagher. Just seven minutes later the hosts were back on level terms as Kilian Cantwell steered home Pascal Millien s free-kick on the half hour.

Harps took the lead from a penalty on 36 minutes after Daniel Byrne fouled Ibrahim Kieta. Sean Houston fired his spot-kick straight down the middle.

Keith Long s men got back on level terms again four minutes into the second period as Paddy Kavanagh took advantage of some slack defending to head Derek Pender s cross past Gallagher.

And it was Bohs captain Pender who put the visitors back in front on 76 minutes, expertly finishing off a one-two with Corcoran.

Harps kept looking for a leveller and it eventually came in the fourth minute of added time. Sub Caolan McAleer was taken down and Houston converted his second penalty of the night to send the first round tie to extra-time.

And after a difficult week personally with his hospital stay it was a happy ending for Dsane as his set piece decided the tie in the third minute of extra time left Bohs keeper Shane Supple picking the ball out of the back of the net for the fourth time in the game.

Overall it was a cracking game which both sides contributed to. Harps played more football on the ground than ever before and it paid off. No doubt manager Horgan will be left with some selection headaches after this one.

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Tommy McBride (BJ Banda 87), Ethan Boyle, Kilian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll; Pascal Millien (Caolan McAleer 64), Jonny Bonner, Sean Houston, Mark Timlin; Ibrahim Keita (Danny Morrissey 90), Eddie Dsane.

Bohemians: Shane Supple; Dylan Hayes, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Derek Pender; Paddy Kavanagh (Ciaran O Connor 96), Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule, Keith Ward (Lorcan Fitzgerald 90); Dinny Corcoran (Ian Morris 86), Ismahil Akinade.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan).


Big games in the pipeline including live TV spot


Finn Harps are away to St Patrick s Athletic this Friday night, August 18. in what is another crucial league game. Both teams share the same number of points, 27 but Pats are ahead on goal difference so a win is vital to stay away from the relegation zone.

Harps then face runaway league leaders, Cork City, on Monday night, August 21, in Ballybofey in a rescheduled game. This one will be shown live on RTE and as a result the kick-off time has been brought forward from 8pm and will now start at 7.15pm. This match was originally scheduled to take place last month but was postponed due to Cork s European football commitments.

The second round draw of the cup was made on Monday night last and harps were drawn away to face a team only a point ahead in the table, Limerick. The tie will take place on the last weekend of August, just ahead of a meeting of the same two sides at Markets Field in the league.


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