Thursday 23 May 2019

Harps get sinking feeling

Finn Harps 0 St Patrick's Athletic 2

'A small Bank Holiday Monday attendance (the official gate was 659 but it seemed a lot smaller to the naked eye) saw Pat's take control from early on' Stock photo
'A small Bank Holiday Monday attendance (the official gate was 659 but it seemed a lot smaller to the naked eye) saw Pat's take control from early on' Stock photo

Aidan Fitzmaurice

With only a third of the season gone, the sun seems to have already set on Finn Harps' hopes of staying in the Premier Division as they established a most unwanted club record.

A 2-0 win for St Patrick's Athletic, secured via a goal in each half from Conor Clifford and Mikey Drennan, made for a very pleasing Bank Holiday weekend for the Dublin club who enjoyed back-to-back wins against teams from the north west.

But for Harps, this loss was their 10th successive league defeat, the worst run in their senior history and it's hard to see where the next point, let alone win, could come from.

A small Bank Holiday Monday attendance (the official gate was 659 but it seemed a lot smaller to the naked eye) saw Pat's take control from early on, only some superb saves from Peter Burke keeping the Saints scoreless.

Clifford broke the deadlock on 35 minutes with a clinical strike from a Rhys McCabe corner. Harps rallied, briefly, early in the second half, Brendan Clarke saving when Mark Coyle's shot was deflected.

Their fightback, and the game, was ended on 68 minutes. Full-back John Kavanagh's foul on Gary Shaw led to a penalty, which Drennan converted, his fifth goal of the season, and there was more misery for Harps as assistant manager Paul Hegarty was sent to the stands for his protests over the penalty call.

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