Thursday 19 October 2017

Houston winner gives Harps a massive boost

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Harps went one better when Dsane levelled in the 34th minute. Stock photo
Harps went one better when Dsane levelled in the 34th minute. Stock photo

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Finn Harps gave their survival hopes a massive boost with a come-from-behind win over Bohemians in Ballybofey.

Eddie Dsane and Sean Houston were on target as Ollie Horgan's men scored a second win in as many games, closing the gap on seventh-placed Bohs to two points - and, more importantly, moving four points clear of the bottom three.

Houston hit the winner in the 58th minute, having started the move when he won a challenge in the middle of the park. But the goal was as much about Paddy McCourt's brilliance as it was about the incisive finish.

It was as a result of a piece of magic by McCourt on the edge of the box that the in-rushing Houston found himself eye-balling Shane Supple and he made no mistake to score his fifth goal of the season.

Dinny Corcoran had put the Gypsies in front on 29 minutes. Keith Ward created the opening with a lovely ball over the top and Corcoran, with a sweet first-time effort, hammered past Ciarán Gallagher. It was a landmark night for the Harps 'keeper, who was making his 200th appearance for the club, but there was little he could do as Corcoran struck gold.

Levelled

Harps went one better when Dsane levelled in the 34th minute.

McAleer's cross was only partially headed away and Dsane chested it down before volleying home from just outside the box.

In added time at the end of the first half, Dsane was inches from a second, but the Londoner rolled wide after being put through by McCourt.

In the moments after Corcoran's opener, Gareth Harkin forced Supple into a save from a close-range effort.

Houston might have extended the lead after good work by Dsane on the bye-line created the opening but on this occasion his shot was too tame, while McAleer curled another over the target.

Six minutes from time, Dsane cane close to replicating his strike from last week against Drogheda, but a 20-yard free-kick whizzed wide.

Harps gave a late debut to French-born striker Ibrahim Keita, who has joined the club from Doxa Proskyniton in Greece, having had spells at Kosice in Slovakia and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

FINN HARPS - Gallagher; McNulty, Mailey, Cantwell, Coll; McAleer, Molloy, Harkin, Dsane (Keita 85); Houston; Morrissey (McCourt 42).

Bohemians - Supple; Casey, Cornwall, Byrne; Fitzgerald (Akinade 75); Poynton Gannon, Sule (Brennan 65), Morris; Corcoran, Ward.

Ref - D Tomney

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