1 - 2

Jamie Mascoll 3' -
Scored: 3'

Peno Scored: 74'
- Barry McNamee 74'

Scored: 75'
- Adam Foley 75'

League Report: Waterford 1 - 2 Finn Harps

Tue, May 25 2021

The gap between bottom of the table Waterford and fifth place Finn Harps was fairly evident over the course of the full 90 minutes at the RSC on Monday night, as Harps picked up another three points in a 2-1 victory.

Waterford started the better of the two teams and dominated the opening 30 minutes against a sluggish Harps side who may have been feeling the effects of the long bus journey down to the South East. 

Marc Bircham’s side were certainly boosted when they opened the scoring in the third minute, James Mascoll cutting through from the left back position to strike the ball past Mark McGinley.

Mascoll, who joined the club from Bolton Wanderers, was very impressive for the home side in the opening 30 minutes and he gave visiting right back Ethan Boyle lots of trouble during this period.

Waterford were unable to maintain their level of performance beyond the opening half hour though as Harps, a physically stronger side, began to take control of the contest.

Tunde Owolabi was a handful throughout for the Waterford defence and he managed to find the net in the 36th minute only for referee Rob Hennessy to disallow the goal for an earlier foul by Owolabi on Darragh Power.

Newly appointed boss Bircham will have been pleased to see his side hold the 1-0 lead up to the half time whistle while acknowledging that their opponents looked increasingly dangerous as the game progressed.

The second half was all about Ollie Horgan’s side however, helped in no small way by the introduction of Adam Foley and Karl O Sullivan. Horgan, who was suspended and forced to watch the game from the stands, felt confident enough to withdraw a midfielder as well as Sean Boyd and introduce two attacking players.

O Sullivan and Foley, as well as the hard-working Owolabi then formed a three-pronged attacking unit which Waterford struggled to contain.

It was no surprise when the equaliser came in the 75th minute when Darragh Power brought down Owolabi as he powered into the box, Barry McNamee stepping up to drill home the resultant penalty.

Waterford had no time to recover from this setback as Foley powered down the right wing on the resumption of play and slipped the ball past Brian Murphy for a second goal for Harps only sixty seconds after drawing level.

Waterford had run out of energy and ideas at this stage and they were bombarded with free kicks and Ethan Boyle's long throw ins for most of the remainder of the second half.

Waterford’s lack of experience on the bench meant that Bircham was unable to bring on fresh legs, Eric Molloy’s introduction for Cian Kavanagh being their only substitution throughout the 90 minutes.

Harps fully deserved their three points which keeps them very much in contention for a top four spot while Waterford will need to get some of their injured senior players back in action as soon as possible if they are to have any hope of getting out of relegation territory.

Waterford: Brian Murphy (gk); Darragh Power, Jamie Mascoll, Cameron Evans, Josh Collins, Adam O Reilly, Niall O Keeffe, Shane Griffin, James Waite, John Martin, Cian Kavanagh (Eric Molloy, 72)

Subs not used: Paul Martin (gk); Matt Connor (gk); Sam Morrissey, Liam Kervick, Ivan Homoki, Cian Browne, Katlego Mashigo.

Booked: James Waite (44)

Finn Harps: Mark McGinley (gk); John Dunleavy, Ethan Boyle, Kosovar Sadiki, Shane McEleney, Mark Russell (Mark Timlin, 70), Mark Coyle (Karl O Sullivan 62), Will Seymore, Barry McNamee, Tunde Owolabi, Sean Boyd (Adam Foley, 61)

Subs not used: Patrick Mc Garvey(gk); Ryan Connolly, Tony McNamee, Joel Bradley Walsh, Conor Barry.

Booked: Shane McEleney (7), Mark Coyle (18), Karl O Sullivan (70).

Referee:  Rob Hennessy

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Tunde Owolabi (Finn Harps)

LJuly 2, 2021
Derry 2 - 0 Waterford
WJuly 9, 2021
Harps 0 - 1 Waterford
WJuly 18, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Sligo
DJuly 23, 2021
Athlone 4 - 4 Waterford
WJuly 30, 2021
Drogheda 1 - 2 Waterford
© Brian Murphy 1
Darragh Power 2
Jamie Mascoll 15
Scored: 3'
Cameron Evans 3
Josh Collins 5
James Waite 11
Booked: 44'
Adam O'Reilly 8
Niall O'Keeffe 14
Shane Griffin 7
John Martin 12
Cian Kavanagh 10
75Subbed Off: Eric Molloy 75'

Sam Morrissey 25
Eric Molloy 10
75Subbed On: Cian Kavanagh 75'
Katlego Mashigo 16
Paul Martin 30
Liam Kervick
Ivan Homoki 27
Matthew Connor 13
Cian Browne
Callum Stringer 26 Unknown
Finn Harps
DJune 25, 2021
Harps 1 - 1 Longford
LJuly 2, 2021
Drogheda 3 - 1 Harps
LJuly 9, 2021
Harps 0 - 1 Waterford
LJuly 17, 2021
Dundalk 1 - 0 Harps
WJuly 24, 2021
Fairview 0 - 3 Harps
1 Mark McGinley
4 Kosovar Sadiki
17 Mark Russell
Defender 70'
70Subbed Off: Mark Timlin 70'
16 Shane McEleney
Booked: 7'
8 John Dunleavy
24 Ethan Boyle
28 Will Seymore
11 Barry McNamee ©
Peno Scored: 74'
89Subbed Off: Stephen Doherty 89'
14 Mark Coyle
Booked: 18'
62Subbed Off: Karl O'Sullivan 62'
45 Tunde Owolabi
9 Sean Boyd
Forward 61'
61Subbed Off: Adam Foley 61'

10 Mark Timlin
Midfield 70'
70Subbed On: Mark Russell 70'
7 Karl O'Sullivan
Midfield 62'
62Subbed On: Mark Coyle 62'
Booked: 70'
26 Tony McNamee
25 Patrick McGarvey
19 Adam Foley
Midfield 61'
61Subbed On: Sean Boyd 61'
Scored: 75'
21 Stephen Doherty
Midfield 89'
89Subbed On: Barry McNamee 89'
6 Ryan Connolly
23 Joel Bradley Walsh
20 Conor Barry


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. May 24, 2021

Venue: RSC

Referee: Robert Hennessy

Attendance: Unknown