Thursday 26 April 2018

Murray's mint for Galway

Finn Harps 1 Galway United 3

Galway United manager Shane Keegan during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Galway United at Turners Cross, in Cork. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Galway United manager Shane Keegan during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Galway United at Turners Cross, in Cork. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Paddy McCourt was sent off as Finn Harps were beaten by Galway United in a huge relegation battle at Finn Park.

Ronan Murray scored twice in the last 15 minutes as Shane Keegan's men won away from home for the first time this season.

Murray curled in a sumptuous free-kick on 76 minutes and, seven minutes later, tucked home Galway's third to seal a deserved win for his side.

Gavan Holohan put Galway ahead in the 13th minute, lifting over the advancing Ciaran Gallagher after getting onto the end of a clever pass from new signing Jonah Ayunga.

Harps had a golden chance to draw level on 28 minutes, but Eddie Dsane saw his penalty turned away by ex-Harps 'keeper Conor Winn.

Dsane, who was fouled by Paul Sinnott, had an earlier attempt saved by Winn, but it was Galway who were on top and McCourt had to clear off the line from a Stephen Folan header just before the break.

Dsane atoned for his earlier miss as he headed in his fourth goal in five games after meeting Caolan McAleer's sweeping cross.

But Harps were dealt major blow six minutes into the second half as McCourt was sent off, a foul on Colm Horgan earning the 'Derry Pele' his second booking of the night.

Although it was heading for stalemate until Murray's late double sealed the deal.

Irish Independent

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