0 - 1
FT

Scored: 53'
- Daniel Kelly 53'


League Report: Finn Harps 0 - 1 Dundalk

Tue, May 24 2022

Daniel Kelly scored the only goal of the game Credit: Michael P Ryan

Stuart Connolly reporting from Finn Park

A Daniel Kelly goal early in the second half proved decisive as Dundalk walked away from Finn Park with another three points in the bag after a win over a battling Finn Harps.

Stephen O'Donnell's side remain third in the table and cut the gap to the sides above them after Derry City and Shamrock Rovers both tasted defeat.

At the opposite end of the table, Finn Harps - who remain 2nd from bottom - battled and had their chances but this was a fifth defeat in six matches for Ollie Horgan's team.

The hosts went into this encounter with four different faces to the side that lost to Drogheda United in their last outing as Yoyo Mahdy, Jesse Devers, Eric McWoods and Mark Timlin grabbed a starting berth.

Dundalk made three changes after their win over Derry City with Andy Boyle, Keith Ward and John Martin playing from the start.

Keith Ward was first up in this match to have a pop at goal, his strike inside 120 seconds though was comfortably caught by Mark McGinley.

Finn Harps fashioned a couple of decent chances in quick succession a third of the way through the half but Jesse Devers and Conor Tourish couldn't get the right contact to get a shot on target.

Patrick Hoban fizzed an effort wide on 19 minutes and just moments later, the hosts should have taken the lead. Eric McWoods put a low drive across the face of goal and Yoyo Mahdy was within a whisker of poking it beyond the grasp of Nathan Sheppard.

On the half hour, it was the visitors who squandered a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. After a defensive mix up, Daniel Kelly was presented with the chance to put the ball away but his scooped attempt landed on the roof of McGinley's goal.

The Ballybofey outfit - who collected only three points from their last six matches - continued to have their moments in front of goal and Mahdy brushed the side netting as the first half was nearing its conclusion.

Dundalk - having picked up 13 points from their last 18 available - enjoyed majority of the possession and had a couple of chances before the end of the half with Kelly seeing an effort blocked while John Martin headed wide.

Less then ten minutes into the second half, Dundalk took the lead. Daniel Kelly blasted towards goal from close range and despite the best efforts of Regan Donelon, the ball nestled in the back of the Finn Harps net.

Just beyond the hour, the skies opened as heavy rain soaked the Finn Park turf and Harps went mightily close to an equaliser, with Nathan Sheppard making an excellent save to deny a fierce drive from range by Ryan Connolly.

Concrete chances evaded both sides for a period as Dundalk continued to enjoy possession as the minutes and seconds ticked away .

Five minutes of stoppage time boosted the home side and after the impressive Luke Rudden won the ball back in midfield, he paved the way for an opportunity for Eric McWoods but he blasted over the bar from close range.

Dundalk held on to continue their rich vein of form.

Finn Harps: Mark McGinley; Conor Tourish,  Regan Donelon,  Rob Slevin,  Ethan Boyle; Ryan Connolly, Jesse Devers(Luke Rudden 64), Mark Timlin(Filip Mihaljevic 61), Ryan Rainey; Eric McWoods, Yoyo Mahdy.

Subs not used: Gavin Mulreany(GK), Stephen Doherty, Erol Alkan, Jose Carrillo, Dylan Woods, Nathan Logue, Shaun McDermott.

Booked: Devers(6), Boyle(23), Tourish(26), Connolly(45)

Dundalk: Nathan Sheppard; Andy Boyle, Sam Bone, Darragh Leahy, Lewis Macari; Paul Doyle(Robbie Benson 64), Greg Sloggett, Keith Ward; Patrick Hoban(David McMillan 78), Daniel Kelly(Joe Adams 78), John Martin(Steven Bradley 71).

Subs not used: Peter Cherrie(GK), Mark Connolly, Mayowa Animasahun, Mark Hanratty, Ryan O'Kane.

Booked: Bone(13), Leahy(66)

Referee: Rob Hennessy

ExtraTime.ie player of the match: Daniel Kelly(Dundalk)


Finn Harps
LMay 20, 2022
Drogheda 3 - 1 Harps
LMay 23, 2022
Harps 0 - 1 Dundalk
DMay 27, 2022
Derry 2 - 2 Harps
LJune 18, 2022
Sligo 3 - 0 Harps
DJune 24, 2022
Harps 2 - 2 St. Pats
Mark McGinley 1
Goalkeeper
Regan Donelon 3
Defender
Ethan Boyle 24
Defender
Rob Slevin 4
Defender
Conor Tourish 2
Defender
Ryan Connolly 6
Midfielder
Ryan Rainey 22
Midfielder
Mark Timlin 10
Midfielder
Yoyo Mahdy 9
Forward
Jesse Devers 7
Forward
Eric McWoods 8
Forward

Substitutes
Nathan Logue 31
Midfield
Gerard Doherty 40
Goalkeeper
Jose Carrillo 15
Defender
Erol Erdal Alkan 26
Defender
Shaun McDermott
Defender
Filip Mihaljevic 33
Forward
Gavin Mulreany 99
Goalkeeper
Luke Rudden 12
Forward
Dylan Woods
Midfield
Dundalk
WMay 20, 2022
Derry 1 - 2 Dundalk
WMay 23, 2022
Harps 0 - 1 Dundalk
WMay 27, 2022
Dundalk 1 - 0 St. Pats
WJune 17, 2022
Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock R
DJune 24, 2022
Shels 0 - 0 Dundalk
1 Nathan Shepperd
Goalkeeper
4 Andy Boyle
Defender
6 Sam Bone
Defender
15 Darragh Leahy
Defender
2 Lewis Macari
Defender
21 Paul Doyle
Midfielder
10 Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
17 Keith Ward
Midfielder
9 Patrick Hoban
Forward
7 Daniel Kelly
Forward
Scored: 53'
11 John Martin
Forward

Substitutes
5 Mark Connolly
Defender
14 Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
16 Steven Bradley
Midfield
8 Robbie Benson
Midfield
24 Mayowa Animasahun
Defender
20 Joe Adams
Forward
25 Mark Hanratty
Midfield
29 David McMillan
Forward
28 Ryan O'Kane
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 8 p.m. May 23, 2022

Venue: Finn Park

Referee: Robert Hennessy

Attendance: Unknown

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