Wednesday 29 January 2020

Houston to the rescue for Harps

Finn Harps 1 St Patrick's Athletic 1

Finn Harps' Sean Houston Picture: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Finn Harps' Sean Houston Picture: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Sean Houston once again proved to be Finn Harps' saviour with a cracking injury-time equaliser last night.

Houston rifled into the top corner in the 92nd minute to earn Ollie Horgan's team a point that moves them nine clear of Wexford Youths and has their fingertips on top-flight survival.

Houston's seventh goal of the season secured a point that could priceless in so many ways for the Donegal club.

It came after a goal from a Donegal native - Mark Timlin - looked set to condemn them to defeat.

Timlin's 64th-minute effort had given St Patrick's Athletic the advantage.

Timlin connected with Conan Byrne's dangerous ball in from the right-hand side and, unmarked, steered past Ciaran Gallagher from close range.

The goal came just four minutes after Harps centre-back Keith Cowan was taken from the field on a stretcher after going down in agony on his ankle.

The cries of pain from the Harps captain echoed around the ground and it was evident the distress he was in, even before the seven-minute delay that followed.

Timlin, Jamie McGrath and Christy Fagan had chances for Pat's in the first half, but Timlin ghosted in to open the scoring.

Ten minutes of added time were played at the end, owing to Cowan's injury, and Houston's goal nearly lifted the roof off the old ground.

Finn Harps - C Gallagher; E Boyle, D McNulty, K Cowan (P Mailey 60), C Coll; M Funston, B Molloy (D Scully 75), G Harkin, R Curran; S Houston, BJ Banda (T McNamee 60).

St Patrick's Athletic - B Clarke; G O'Brien, M Barker, D Dennehy, I Bermingham; C Byrne, M Timlin (B Dennehy 84), L Desmond, G Kelly, J McGrath (D Markey 87); C Fagan (D Corcoran 71).

Ref - R Matthews (Mullingar)

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