Wednesday 19 December 2018

Drogheda punish wasteful Harps to end winless run

Finn Harps 2 Drogheda United 3

Pete Mahon’s team hadn’t won since a 2-0 win at Finn Park in April. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Pete Mahon’s team hadn’t won since a 2-0 win at Finn Park in April. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Chris McNulty

Drogheda United - who appeared as if they'd forgotten how to win - scored three times in the second half to defeat Finn Harps in a battle of the already-relegated sides in Ballybofey.

Pete Mahon's team hadn't won since a 2-0 win at Finn Park in April, but they ended a 22-game wait last night as Chris Mulhall, Thomas Byrne and Stephen Meaney struck.

Harps had taken the lead in the first minute of the game through Caolan McAleer - who added a wonder goal in added time at the end - but paid the price for some wastefulness in front of goal and their final home game as a Premier Division club ended on a miserable note.

Foul Harps took the lead with just 53 seconds gone. From a throw-in on the left-hand side, McAleer managed to open up and his shot somehow managed to dip beyond the reach of Stephen McGuinness, the Drogheda net-minder.

Harps cried foul when Mulhall appeared to pull back Damien McNulty in the area, but Tom Connolly shook his head, leaving Ollie Horgan and Paul Hegarty fuming.

The hosts should have put the game to bed 12 minutes into the second half, Danny Morrissey raced onto a one-v-one with McGuinness.

After his initial attempt was saved, the follow-up was blocked. Morrissey had an instant chance to atone, but drilled off the crossbar with only McGuinness to beat.

Drogs levelled when Mulhall lobbed Gallagher before Byrne gave Packie Mailey the slip to curl beyond the Harps 'keeper. Meaney tucked in a third to leave a cracker from McAleer as scant consolation.


Finn Harps - Gallagher; McNulty (Blaney 71), Mailey, Cantwell, Coll; McAleer, Harkin, McBride (Houston 68), Timlin (Banda 77); Keita, Morrissey.

Drogheda United - McGuinness; Elworthy, Farragher, Dunne, Kane; Mulhall, Brennan (Hollywood 77), McEvoy, Doyle; Russell (Byrne 69), Meaney (Bailey 83).

Ref - T Connolly (Dublin)

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