Thursday 27 June 2019

Finn on target as Harps thrashed

Finn Harps 0 Shamrock Rovers 3

Aaron Greene squared for Finn to steer home. Photo: Sportsfile
Aaron Greene squared for Finn to steer home. Photo: Sportsfile

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Shamrock Rovers are level on points with Dundalk thanks to a comfortable win over Finn Harps in Ballybofey.

Ronan Finn, Dylan Watts and Aaron Greene netted as Rovers took the win.

Aaron Greene of Shamrock Rovers before turning to shoot against Peter Burke of Finn Harps, to score his sides first goal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Aaron Greene of Shamrock Rovers before turning to shoot against Peter Burke of Finn Harps, to score his sides first goal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Rovers led after just six minutes - and it will have haunted the Harps manager Ollie Horgan.

Harps had been on a good run of form with eight points from their last four outings.

But the Donegal men were on the back foot as Rovers struck.

Harps goalkeeper Peter Burke spilled a Dan Carr shot and Green (above) squared for Finn to steer home.

Dylan Watts of Shamrock Rovers in action against Tony McNamee of Finn Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Dylan Watts of Shamrock Rovers in action against Tony McNamee of Finn Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Just after the half-hour, Watts converted a penalty, awarded when Burke took down Greene.

Roberto Lopes might have made it three but he headed narrowly over the top.

Rovers had beaten Harps in both of their previous outings this season and Stephen Bradley's men kept their feet on the gas.

Burke thwarted Finn early in the second half and the hosts' net-minder saved soon after from Greene.

Seven minutes from the end, Greene finished after getting on the end of a Jack Byrne free-kick.

Finn Harps - :P Burke; N Logue, S Todd, D O'Reilly; C Deasy, M Coyle (M Coyle 79), J Borg (T McNamee h-t), M Russell; C McAleer, N Boyle (L Walsh 83), M Place.

Shamrock Rovers - :A Manus; J O'Brien, R Lopes, L Grace, T Clarke (E Boyle 77); G Bolger (D Dillon 83), D Watts, D Carr (J Coustrain 64), R Finn, J Byrne; A Greene.

Ref - :R Hennessy

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