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Friday 20 September 2019

Harps endure nightmare Friday 13th

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Finn Harps endured a 10-minute horror show on Friday the 13th, as goals from Niall Watson, Ronan Murray and Sam Warde earned Sligo Rovers a well-merited victory. Stock photo
Finn Harps endured a 10-minute horror show on Friday the 13th, as goals from Niall Watson, Ronan Murray and Sam Warde earned Sligo Rovers a well-merited victory. Stock photo

Finn Harps endured a 10-minute horror show on Friday the 13th, as goals from Niall Watson, Ronan Murray and Sam Warde earned Sligo Rovers a well-merited victory.

The opener came against the run of play for the home side, with Watson's header looping past goalkeeper Mark McGinley on 21 minutes. It was Watson's second goal in two games, but came after a bright start for Harps, with striker Nathan Boyle leading the line and looking threatening.

But the Donegal men were still reeling from that setback when they suffered a second, as Murray finished confidently from the left-hand side.

The third goal took just five more minutes to arrive, and also came from the left, though there was a large degree off good fortune involved as Warde's corner-kick appeared to miss everyone and nestle in the net.

Harps' boss Ollie Horgan was fuming at the break, and had words with match referee Ben Connolly. In the second half, Horgan was sent to the stands but Harps eventually got a deserved goal in injury-time, as substitute Tony McNamee finished from close range.

SLIGO ROVERS - McGinty, Morahan, Donelon (McGrath 82), Mahon, Kane, Warde, Fordyce (Lynch 77), Watson, Twardek, Murray, Coughlan (Morley 64).

FINN HARPS - McGinley, Borg, Cowan, Todd, O'Reilly (Coyle h-t), R Harkin (McNamee 72), G Harkin (Ashcroft h-t), Russell, Timlin, Cretaro, Boyle.

REF - B Connolly

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