Friday 19 January 2018

Morrissey records first goals to upstage Pat's

Finn Harps 3 St. Pat's 1

Former Cork hitman Morrissey bagged a deadly first-half double. Photo: Sportsfile
Former Cork hitman Morrissey bagged a deadly first-half double. Photo: Sportsfile

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Danny Morrissey opened his account for Finn Harps as the Donegal side got their first win in six games last night.

The former Cork hitman bagged a deadly first-half double to sink Liam Buckley's Saints and both teams are now among five with 14 points in the desperate scramble to avoid relegation.

Morrissey headed the ball home from a Michael Funston cross in the ninth minute to give Harps the lead.

Then, on 28 minutes, he intercepted Gavin Peers' tame backpass to goalkeeper Conor O'Malley and steered home number two.

Packie Mailey, another man making his return from injury, headed home the third from Jonny Bonner's 42nd-minute free-kick.

As Pat's sought to climb the mountain, Christy Fagan's attempt deflected wide and Ciaran Coll cleared a Peers' header off the line before Fagan fired in a consolation goal for Pat's eight minutes from time.

Finn Harps - Gallagher; McNulty, Mailey, Coll, Harkin, Funston, Boyle, Bonner (Molloy 88), McAleer; Houston; Morrissey (McGlynn 84).

St Pat's Ath - O'Malley; Barker, Peers, Feely, Birmingham; C Byrne, Kelly (Lunney h-t), Markey, Desmond (A O'Hanlon 75), K Byrne (J O'Hanlon h-t); Fagan.

Ref - J McLaughlin (Athlone).

Irish Independent

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