Tierney hails Galway's 'desire'
Galway United manager Tommy Dunne departed last week after a loss to Cork City, but caretaker manager Leo Tierney enjoyed success in his first game in charge.
Galway 3 Finn Harps 2
Goals from Vinny Faherty, Enda Curran and Colm Horgan had Galway in the driving seat but Ruairi Keating and Adam Hanlon struck back to make for a tense finish at Eamonn Deacy Park, but the hosts held out.
Tierney praised the players for their determination, saying: "In the end we had to dig in and we showed a lot of character and spirit and great desire."
Galway surged into a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes as Faherty showed his poacher's instincts following a Ryan Connolly free-kick and then Curran found the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Colm Horgan added a third just after half-time from Faherty's cross .
But the visitors produced a spirited fightback. Keating pulled one back in the 58th minute after Sean Houston's good work, and substitute Hanlon notched the second in the 75th minute.
United finished with 10 men when Marc Ludden was shown a second yellow card but Tierney's men held for a victory which lifts them to eighth in the table.
Galway United - K Horgan, C Horgan, Aganovic, Folan, Walsh, Shanahan, Sinnott (Byrne 63), Connolly, Ludden, Curran (Cunningham 53), Faherty.
Finn Harps - Gallagher, Boyle, Cowen, McMonagle (Scully 75), Coll, McNamee (Funston 52), Houston, McNulty, Harkin, Keating, Banda (Hanlon 52).
Ref - T Connolly (Dublin)