1 - 1

Aaron Greene 8' -
Scored: 8'

Scored: 55'
- Adam Foley 55'

League Report: Shamrock Rovers 1 - 1 Finn Harps

Sat, Jun 12 2021

Finn Harps players gather ahead of a league meeting with Shamrock Rovers on August 1st, 2020. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Patrick O Connor reports from Tallaght Stadium

A thoroughly enjoyable encounter ended all square at Tallaght Stadium with a 1-1 draw a fair reflection of the contest between champions Shamrock Rovers and Finn Harps.

Harps were more than happy to go back to Donegal with a point gained after falling behind to Aaron Greene’s eighth-minute strike and they were very sluggish for the first 15 minutes.

Rovers, on the other hand, dominated possession for most of the game but missed a chance to go back above Sligo Rovers at the top of the table thanks to Adam Foley's equaliser.

Much to the frustration of their supporters, all 1,000 allowed inside the ground as part of a pilot, the home overdid the intricate patterns and paid the price for not adding to their early goal.

The Hoops were very much on the front foot in the opening stages of the game and it was no surprise when they did take the lead through Greene.

They got a lot of assistance from the Harps defence, however, some very poor defending and ball control by Kosovar Sadiki led to Rory Gaffney being able to stride through on goal.

All the striker had to do was draw Harps keeper McGinley and square the ball to Greene, who was left with a simple tap in.

Harps were lethargic during the opening phases of the match and were lucky not to fall further behind during this period of Rovers dominance.

They did settle into the game after about 25 minutes, however, and contained Rovers for the rest of the half.

They could even have had an equaliser when Will Seymore’s shot seven minutes before the beak almost beat Alan Mannus in the Rovers goal.

Ollie Horgan’s team came out refreshed for the second half and took the game to Rovers through the vision of Barry McNamee in midfield and the pace of winger Karl O Sullivan on the wing.

Their positive approach paid dividends ten minutes after the restart when a great through ball by McNamee released Foley in the inside right channel.

Foley took the ball to the endline before squeezing it past Mannus for the equaliser.

That goal certainly rocked Rovers but it also reflected the tenacity of the visitors and their ability to recover from the earlier setback.

Ollie Horgan made a treble substitution on the with 12 minutes remaining and the fresh legs of Sean Boyd, Mark Russell and Ryan Connolly allowed Harps to deal with the barrage of attacks Rovers launched.

Rovers were camped in the Harps box for the closing stages of the game but, in keeping with their approach for most of the match, they couldn’t find the final ball.

They moved the ball side to side but lacked the ability to create chances, to the frustration of their supporters and manager Stephen Bradley as they had to settle for a point.

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Lee Grace, Sean Hoare, Liam Scales; Sean Gannon, Gary O Neill (Dean Williams 85), Chris McCann, Max Murphy (Graham Burke 60); Danny Mandroiu, Rory Gaffney, Aaron Greene

Subs not used: Leon Pohls (gk), Adam Wells, Dean McMenamy, Aidomo Emakhu, Darragh Nugent, Conan Noonan,

Booked: Sean Hoare (27), Max Murphy (47).

Finn Harps: Mark McGinty; Ethan Boyle, Shane McEleney, Kosovar Sadiki, David Webster; Mark Coyle, Will Seymore, Barry McNamee (Ryan Connolly 78); AdamFoley (Mark Russell 78), Karl O Sullivan, Tunde Owolabi (Sean Boyd 78).

Subs not used: Luke McNicholas (gk) John Dunleavy, Conor Barry, Ryan Rainey, Joel Bradley Walsh, Tony McNamee.

Booked: Ethan Boyle (7), Mark Coyle (42), Kosovar Sadiki (63).

Referee: Ben Connolly.

Attendance: 1,000 (official).

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Barry McNamee (Finn Harps).

Shamrock R
LJuly 7, 2021
SLOBrat 2 - 0 Shamrock R
WJuly 13, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 SLOBrat
WJuly 16, 2021
Derry 2 - 4 Shamrock R
WJuly 23, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Galway
WJuly 30, 2021
Shamrock R 3 - 1 St. Pats
Alan Mannus 1
Liam Scales 15
Sean Hoare 3
Booked: 27'
© Lee Grace 5
Sean Gannon 2
Gary O'Neill 16
85Subbed Off: Dean Williams 85'
Max Murphy 24
Booked: 47'
60Subbed Off: Graham Burke 60'
Chris McCann 26
Daniel Mandroiu 14
Aaron Greene 9
Scored: 8'
Rory Gaffney 20

Dean Williams 19
85Subbed On: Gary O'Neill 85'
Adam Wells 21
Leon Pohls 25
Darragh Nugent 22
Conan Noonan
Dean McMenamy
Aidomo Emakhu
Graham Burke 10
60Subbed On: Max Murphy 60'
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
5 David Webster ©
4 Kosovar Sadiki
Booked: 63'
16 Shane McEleney
24 Ethan Boyle
Booked: 7'
28 Will Seymore
7 Karl O'Sullivan
11 Barry McNamee
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: Ryan Connolly 78'
19 Adam Foley
Scored: 55'
78Subbed Off: Mark Russell 78'
14 Mark Coyle
Booked: 42'
45 Tunde Owolabi
Forward 78'
78Subbed Off: Sean Boyd 78'

17 Mark Russell
Defender 78'
78Subbed On: Adam Foley 78'
22 Ryan Rainey
32 Luke McNicholas
26 Tony McNamee
8 John Dunleavy
6 Ryan Connolly
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Barry McNamee 78'
23 Joel Bradley Walsh
9 Sean Boyd
Forward 78'
78Subbed On: Tunde Owolabi 78'
20 Conor Barry


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 8 p.m. June 11, 2021

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Referee: Ben Connolly

Attendance: Unknown