0 - 2
FT

Scored: 30'
- Billy King 30'

Scored: 61'
- Matty Smith 61'


League Report: Finn Harps 0 - 2 St Patrick's Athletic

Fri, Apr 23 2021

Billy King opened the scoring in this evening's encounter. Credit: Timmy Keane

Stuart Connolly reports from Finn Park.

A goal in each half at Finn Park helped St. Patrick’s Athletic to the top of the League.

Billy King netted on the half hour while his strike partner Matty Smith found the net on the hour mark as Stephen O’Donnell’s side made it five wins in their first seven outings. 

Ollie Horgan’s side remain fourth with 11 points on the board from their first seven matches but are now without a win or goal in their last three. 

The hosts looked to continue their 100% home record as Johnny Dunleavy was handed his debut fresh from signing in the days before the encounter.

The opening proceedings were quiet as neither keeper was troubled with the best chance coming from Sam Bone who headed wide from a left sided corner.

The home side struggled to gain much momentum in the final third as Karl O’Sullivan squandered their best opportunity, firing high from the edge of the area.

Approaching the half hour mark, John Mountney came within a whisker of opening the scoring but his low hit shot drifted narrowly wide after a cross from Ian Bermingham.

Five minutes later the deadlock was broken. After a neat flick on from Ronan Coughlan, it was picked up by Billy King who weaved his way into open space before faking on the edge of the area and ultimately thundering a shot past McGinley.

The goal boosted the spirits of the Saints who have enjoyed a fantastic start to the new campaign. They enjoyed the majority of possession late in the half as Harps couldn’t breach the away defence.

Following the restart, Vitezslav Jaros was called upon, although it was meat and drink for the shot stopper as David Webster fired straight at the man on loan from Liverpool.

At the opposite end of the pitch a few moments later, Pat’s claimed for a penalty for handball amongst a scramble but nothing was given as an offside decision in the following move allowed Harps to breathe a sigh of relief.

The home goal was again under threat on the hour mark and the questions asked of Harps went unanswered as Pat’s doubled their advantage.

King turned provider after a precision pass from Chris Forrester and the scorer of the first goal found Ronan Coughlan who edged towards the byline. He lofted a ball in from the right and Matty Smith rose well to head home, beyond the gloves of McGinley.

With a two goal cushion, the visitors looked to shut up shop which limited Harps to shots from distance or crosses into the area. 

The away rearguard stood firm and held out for a clean sheet with Harps now failing to score in their last three games while Stephen O’Donnell’s side sit at the top of the pile heading into the weekend.

Finn Harps: Mark McGinley; Kosovar Sadiki(Tony McNamee 74), David Webster, Stephan Folan, Mark Russell(Stephen Doherty 57); Johnny Dunleavy(Ryan Rainey 67), Mark Coyle, Barry McNamee, Will Seymore; Ryan Shanley(Adam Foley 57), Karl O’Sullivan(Sean Boyd 57).

Subs not used: Luke McNicholas, Mark Timlin, Niall McGinley, Tunde Owolabi.

St Patrick's Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros; Lee Desmond, Sam Bone, Paddy Barrett; Chris Forrester, Ian Bermingham(Shane Griffin 84), Jamie Lennon, John Mountney; Ronan Coughlan(Alfie Lewis 69), Billy King(Ben McCormack 84), Matty Smith.

Subs not used: Josh Keeley, Kian Corbally, Darragh Burns, Nahum Melvin-Lambert, Daniel Norris.

Referee: Robert Harvey.

ExtraTime.com Man of the Match: Billy King (St. Patrick’s Athletic)


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
Mark McGinley 1
Goalkeeper
Kosovar Sadiki 4
75'
75Subbed Off: Tony McNamee 75'
Defender
Stephen Folan 57
Defender
© David Webster 5
Defender
Will Seymore 28
Booked: 90'
Midfielder
Karl O'Sullivan 7
58'
58Subbed Off: Sean Boyd 58'
Midfielder
Barry McNamee 11
Midfielder
John Dunleavy 8
67'
67Subbed Off: Ryan Rainey 67'
Midfielder
Mark Coyle 14
Midfielder
Ryan Shanley 29
58'
58Subbed Off: Adam Foley 58'
Forward
Mark Russell 17
58'
58Subbed Off: Stephen Doherty 58'
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Timlin 10
Midfield
Ryan Rainey 22
67'
67Subbed On: John Dunleavy 67'
Midfield
Tunde Owolabi 45
Forward
Luke McNicholas 32
Goalkeeper
Tony McNamee 26
75'
75Subbed On: Kosovar Sadiki 75'
Midfield
Niall McGinley 18
Midfield
Adam Foley 19
58'
58Subbed On: Ryan Shanley 58'
Midfield
Stephen Doherty 21
58'
58Subbed On: Mark Russell 58'
Midfield
Sean Boyd 9
58'
58Subbed On: Karl O'Sullivan 58'
Forward
St. Pats
DJune 25, 2021
Waterford 1 - 1 St. Pats
LJuly 2, 2021
Bohs 3 - 2 St. Pats
WJuly 9, 2021
St. Pats 1 - 0 Derry
WJuly 16, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 0 Drogheda
WJuly 23, 2021
St. Pats 6 - 0 Bray
1 Vitezslav Jaros
Goalkeeper
5 Lee Desmond
Defender
4 Sam Bone
Defender
29 Paddy Barrett
Defender
8 Chris Forrester
Midfielder
3 Ian Bermingham
Midfielder 85'
85Subbed Off: Shane Griffin 85'
6 Jamie Lennon
Midfielder
2 John Mountney
Midfielder
10 Rónán Coughlan
Forward 70'
70Subbed Off: Alfie Lewis 70'
15 Billy King
Forward
Scored: 30'
12 Matty Smith
Forward
Scored: 61'

Substitutes
25 Josh Keeley
Goalkeeper
20 Shane Griffin
Defender 85'
85Subbed On: Ian Bermingham 85'
31 Kian Corbally
Midfield
17 Darragh Burns
Midfield
16 Alfie Lewis
Midfield 70'
70Subbed On: Rónán Coughlan 70'
18 Ben McCormack
Midfield 87'
87Subbed On: Conor Barry 87'
9 Nahum Melvin-Lambert
Forward
27 Daniel Norris
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 5:45 p.m. April 23, 2021

Venue: Finn Park

Referee: Robert Harvey

Attendance: Unknown

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