Monday 24 July 2017

Faherty hits dramatic winner as Galway prevail over Finn Harps

Galway United 2 Finn Harps 1

Vinny Faherty of Galway United celebrates after scoring. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Vinny Faherty of Galway United celebrates after scoring. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Vinny Faherty pounced for a dramatic stoppage-time goal to snatch a priceless three points for Galway at Eamonn Deacy Park.

It was rough justice on a Finn Harps side who would not have been flattered with all three points.

But they fell to their fifth loss in a row when Galway came from behind to secure an invaluable win in the battle against relegation.

Fahety snatched only their second win of the campaign when he headed home a cross from the left by Marc Ludden in the 91st minute.

It was rough justice on a Harps side who had manager – Galway native Ollie Horgan – banished to stand by fussy referee Ray Matthews. Harps’ goal famine ended after 28 minutes when a cross from the right was not dealt with by the Galway defence and it fell to Barry Molloy on the edge of the box whose shot cannoned off the bottom of the right post and flew into the far corner with a deflection off goalkeeper Conor Winn.

Indeed, Harps should have hit the front eight minutes later when Killian Cantwell had a free header five yards out from Paddy McCourt’s free, but his effort came back off the crossbar.

Galway ’keeper Winn was called into action four minutes after the restart when he tipped over a superb shot from distance from Gareth Harkin.

But Shane Keegan’s men got back on level terms when Danny Morrissey fouled David Cawley and Murray slotted home a 74th-minute penalty before Faherty produced his priceless winner.

Galway United – Winn; Grace, Folan (Sinnott 93), Ludden; Horgan (c), Shanahan (Melody 60), Holohan, Cawley, Devaney; Murray, Cunningham (Faherty 60).

Finn Harps – Gallagher; McNulty, Boyle, Cantwell, Coll (c); McAleer (Funston 86), Houston, Harkin, McCourt (Morrissey 34), Molloy (Bonner 63); O’Connor.

Ref – R Matthews

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