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Bohemians' Danny Grant shoots to score during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win over Finn Harps at Finn Park in Ballybofey, Donegal. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Bohemians' Danny Grant shoots to score during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win over Finn Harps at Finn Park in Ballybofey, Donegal. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Bohemians' Danny Grant shoots to score during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win over Finn Harps at Finn Park in Ballybofey, Donegal. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Danny Grant's first-half strike was enough to move Bohemians to within three points of SSE Airtricity Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers at Finn Park, Ballybofey.

Grant’s goal, on 23 minutes, edged Bohs to victory over basement club Finn Harps, who lost a sixth successive League outing.

In the Donegal sun, Grant netted the only goal of the game on a useful outing to the north west for Keith Long’s men.

Grant got past Dave Webster on the left edge of the penalty area before tucking past Harps goalkeeper Mark Anthony McGinley into the bottom corner.

JJ Lunney had forced McGinley into a save at full-stretch when he tried his luck from 30 yards. McGinley, at the second attempt, gathered, but Grant soon had the Harps stopper picking the ball from his net.

Bohs came to Ballybofey with their confidence brimming after a 2-1 win over champions Dundalk last week lifted the Gypsies into second spot.

An acrobatic effort by Andre Weight forced Stephen Folan into a goal-line block in the 34th minute as Bohs went in search of a killer second.

Harps - in search of a first League win since February - began well and Kosovar Sadiki’s cross-goal header arrived just a fraction too late for Karl O’Sullivan to apply the finishing touch.

Barry McNamee returned from a rib injury to feature for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown as Harps looked to build on an encouraging FAI Cup win over St Patrick’s Athletic on Monday.

Harps manager Ollie Horgan, having been booked by referee Ben Connolly in the first half, was sent off ten minutes from time as he took his protests too far.

As Horgan watched from the sparsely-populated stand, Bohemians goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness spilled a Tony McNamee corner, but Harps had no-one on hand to punish the error.

Finn Harps: McGinley; Webster, Sadiki, Folan, Todd; Donnellan (Kogler 80), McEleney (Delap 59); O’Sullivan, B McNamee (T McNamee 72), Connolly (Coyle h-t); Cretaro.

Bohemians: McGuinness; Lyons, Cornwall, Casey, Breslin; Twardek, Buckley, Lunney, Grant (Kelly 88); Ward (Mandriou 76), Wright.

Referee: B Connolly.

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