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O'Sullivan feels the love with debut winner

Finn Harps 1 Sligo Rovers 0

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Will Seymore of Sligo Rovers in action against Ryan Connolly of Finn Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Will Seymore of Sligo Rovers in action against Ryan Connolly of Finn Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Will Seymore of Sligo Rovers in action against Ryan Connolly of Finn Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Karl O'Sullivan netted a debut goal as Finn Harps felt the Valentine's night love at Finn Park with a derby win over Sligo Rovers.

In 2019, when Harps managed to survive in a play-off against Drogheda United, it took the Donegal side until May and their 16th game of the season for a win.

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Will Seymore of Sligo Rovers in action against Ryan Connolly of Finn Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Will Seymore of Sligo Rovers in action against Ryan Connolly of Finn Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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O'Sullivan's debut goal helped ensure that Harps followers won't have the same anxious wait.

In 42 previous league meetings at Finn Park, there had never been a scoreless draw and O'Sullivan's goal kept that sequence intact.

The former Limerick FC attacker bundled home 11 minutes into the second half after Dave Webster headed down a cross from Mark Coyle into the Sligo Rovers danger zone.

Ronan Coughlan fashioned a big chance of a leveller on 65 minutes, but his attempt was way too high when he might have expected to hit the target.

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Mark Russell of Finn Harps in action against Darragh Noone of Sligo Rovers. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Mark Russell of Finn Harps in action against Darragh Noone of Sligo Rovers. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Two minutes into added time at the end, Ronan Murray was put through, but Harps 'keeper Mark Anthony McGinley made a vital save.

Manager Ollie Horgan had bemoaned the fact that he has had to build Harps from scratch again for 2020 as the Donegal side saw 12 of last year's panelists depart, while Mark Timlin suffered a season-ending cruciate injury in pre-season.

However, Harps were able to flex some new-found muscle to get their Premier League campaign off to the perfect start.

Harps - McGinley; McEleney, Sadiki, Todd; Webster, G Harkin, Coyle (R Harkin 85), Connolly; Russell; Cretaro (B McNamee 71), O'Sullivan.

Sligo - McGinty; Kane, Seymore, Penninkangas; Cawley, Callan-McFadden, Morahan, Buckley (Devers 77), Noone; Coughlan, Murray.

Ref - D McGraith.

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