Kevin Devaney’s goal in the early moments of the second half gave Galway United a point from their visit to Finn Harps tonight.
Paddy McCourt made his first Harps start here, but it was a night that saw the Donegal side relieved to get a draw.
The hosts took the lead in the 28th minute as McCourt wonderfully picked out Sean Houston on the edge of the box and Harps’ 2016 Player of the Year fired a clinical effort beyond Conor Winn to the bottom corner.
McCourt’s class was evident in the early moments and the former Celtic player twice invited attempts from Caolan McAleer, who was denied, first by David Cawley and then by Winn.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic, though, and Harps were perhaps a little fortunate to get to the break in front as Devaney hit the post and Vinny Faherty was off cue just before half-time with a great opportunity for the visitors.
Just 57 seconds after the restart Galway were level as Devaney broke through to score.
Galway had the better of things by now and Ronan Murray clipped against the post and Faherty headed off the bar.
Galway were the most likely, but it’s a first point of 2017 for both.
Finn HARPS – Gallagher; Boyle, Mailey, Cantwell, Coll; McAleer, Houston, Molloy, Dsane (Bonner 71); McCourt (Harkin 59), O’Connor (Morrissey 59).
GALWAY – Winn; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Ludden; Holohan, Crawley, Byrne, Devaney (Shanahan); Murray (Melody 85); Faherty (Cunningham 81).
REF – P Tuite (Dublin)