Wednesday 24 April 2019

Gallant Harps earn point

St Patrick's Athletic 0 Finn Harps 0

St Pat’s manager Harry Kenny and his Finn Harps counterpart Ollie Horgan shake hands before the game. Photo: Sportsfile
St Pat’s manager Harry Kenny and his Finn Harps counterpart Ollie Horgan shake hands before the game. Photo: Sportsfile

Newly-promoted Finn Harps frustrated St Pat's at Richmond Park to earn their second big point in four days.

Fresh from their creditable draw with champions Dundalk on Friday, Harps were well-organised, showing plenty of energy as they stifled Saints, before getting their first sight of goal just past the half hour.

St Patricks Athletic's Gary Shaw gets to the ball ahead of Finn Harps' Sam Todd. Photo: Sportsfile
St Patricks Athletic's Gary Shaw gets to the ball ahead of Finn Harps' Sam Todd. Photo: Sportsfile

Front two Nathan Boyle and Sean Boyd combined with the latter's drive being deflected out for a corner.

St Pat's upped the tempo from the restart with Mikey Drennan turning to fire a shot narrowly wide.

But they soon had a scare or two at the other end. Dave Webster had to get his body in the way to block a shot from Boyd before the tall striker glanced a header wide from a Mark Coyle corner.

Despite Brandon Miele and Chris Forrester being introduced to try to liven up St Pat's attack, chances remained at a premium. A clever Conor Clifford ball found the run of Drennan down the inside right channel on 72 minutes.

St Patricks Athletic's Conor Clifford tackles Finn Harps' Mark Coyle. Photo: Sportsfile
St Patricks Athletic's Conor Clifford tackles Finn Harps' Mark Coyle. Photo: Sportsfile

His shot found the side netting to just about sum up St Pat's night. Harps might have snatched it in stoppage time, but Daniel O'Reilly's powerful header was straight at Brendan Clarke.

St Pat's - B Clarke; Webster, Toner, Desmond; Madden, McCabe (Forrester, 70), Clifford, Lennon, Kelly (Doona, 82); Shaw (Miele, 60), Drennan.

Finn Harps - Burke; Borg, Todd, Cowan, O'Reilly; Kavanagh, McGinley (McAleer, 79), Harkin, Coyle; Boyle (Cretaro, 67), Boyd (Place, 85).

Referee - G Kelly (Cork).

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