5 - 0
FT

Will Seymore 30' -
Scored: 30'


Ryan Connolly 33' -
Scored: 33'


Karl O'Sullivan 51' -
Scored: 51'


Tunde Owolabi 61' -
Scored: 61'


Luke Rudden 90' -
Scored: 90'



League Report: Finn Harps 5 - 0 Longford Town

Sat, Nov 20 2021

Ryan Connolly celebrating his crucial goal for Harps in Finn Park Credit: Clare McCahill

Stuart Connolly reports from Finn Park

Finn Harps ensured Premier Division survival with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Longford Town in front of a packed Finn Park. The stands were packed during the game but just as the full time whistle was blown, Harps fans proceeded to invade the pitch to celebrate. 

Next season will be their fourth in a row in the top division as goals from Will Seymore, Ryan Connolly, Karl O'Sullivan, Tunde Owolabi - who netted his tenth league goal of the campaign - and Luke Rudden capped off a rollercoaster of a season for the Ballybofey side.

Finn Harps went into this match knowing that a win would ensure their Premier Division survival, failing that, matching the result down in Waterford would suffice. 

The hosts started on the front foot and Lee Steacy was forced into an early save with Owolabi getting an effort on target inside the first 45 seconds. 

Ollie Horgan's side were very much in the driving seat in the early stages and only the post - which was struck after an effort from distance by KO'Sullivan - and a fine stop from Steacy kept the game scoreless inside the first 20 minutes. 

Harps' pressure eventually paid off two minutes before the half hour mark via a short corner. Connolly had a big hand in it with his pass finding Barry McNamee on the edge of the area and  the former Cork City man lined up a shot which was deflected up but fell kindly for Seymore to head home from close range.

Just five minutes later, Harps doubled their lead in style. After a long throw-in was headed on by David Webster, it fell perfectly for Connolly, who arrowed his shot on the half volley into the top corner from 25 yards.

Things were quiet after the second goal as the hosts snuffed out any opportunities that Longford could muster up. 

Harps took that two goal cushion into the interval and less than five minutes after the restart, they made it three. O'Sullivan was unlucky in the first half but luck was on his side in the second as he put an effort from distance past Steacy with the aid of a big deflection.

On the hour, Harps extended their lead once more with Owolabi firing beyond Steacy after an accurate through ball from Connolly.

The last half hour of the game was quiet with little to no chances at either end but late in stoppage time, substitute Luke Rudden scored his first goal for the club from close range as Harps avoided the Relegation Play-off.

Finn Harps: Gerard Doherty; Jordan Mustoe (Johnny Dunleavy ht), David Webster, Shane McEleney, Ethan Boyle; Will Seymore (Dan Hawkins 82), Ryan Connolly, Mark Coyle, Karl O'Sullivan, Barry McNamee (Mark Timlin 77); Tunde Owolabi (Luke Rudden 89).

Subs not used: Mark McGinley (gk), Adam Foley, Stephen Doherty,  Patrick McGarvey, Nathan Logue.

Longford: Lee Steacy; Shane Elworthy (Michael McDonnell ht), Paddy Kirk, Aaron Robinson, Conor Davis(Aaron McNally 56); Rob Manley, Aaron O'Driscoll,  Darragh Nugent (Dean Zambra 56), Aodh Dervin (Matthew O'Brien 69), Joe Manley; Dean Williams (Aaron Dobbs 69).

Subs not used: Michael Kelly(gk), Jack Doyle.

Referee: John McLaughlin 

ExtraTime.com Player of the Match: Ryan Connolly (Finn Harps)


Finn Harps
LOct. 29, 2021
Shamrock R 3 - 0 Harps
DNov. 1, 2021
Harps 0 - 0 Drogheda
DNov. 5, 2021
Harps 1 - 1 Derry
DNov. 12, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Harps
WNov. 19, 2021
Harps 5 - 0 Longford
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
David Webster 5
Defender
Jordan Mustoe
Defender
Shane McEleney 16
Defender
Ethan Boyle 24
Defender
Will Seymore 28
Scored: 30'
Midfielder
Karl O'Sullivan 7
Scored: 51'
Midfielder
Barry McNamee 11
Midfielder
Mark Coyle 14
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly 6
Scored: 33'
Midfielder
Tunde Owolabi 45
Scored: 61'
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Timlin 10
Midfield
Luke Rudden
Scored: 90'
Forward
Mark McGinley 1
Goalkeeper
Patrick McGarvey 25
Goalkeeper
Nathan Logue
Unknown
Dan Hawkins
Forward
Adam Foley 19
Midfield
John Dunleavy 8
Defender
Stephen Doherty 21
Midfield
Longford
LOct. 29, 2021
Longford 1 - 4 St. Pats
LNov. 1, 2021
Sligo 1 - 0 Longford
LNov. 7, 2021
Dundalk 2 - 0 Longford
DNov. 13, 2021
Longford 1 - 1 Waterford
LNov. 19, 2021
Harps 5 - 0 Longford
1 Lee Steacy ©
Goalkeeper
22 Joseph Manley
Defender
3 Patrick Kirk
Defender
2 Shane Elworthy
Defender
12 Aaron O'Driscoll
Defender
Darragh Nugent
Midfielder
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Booked: 32'
25 Conor Davis
Midfielder
4 Aaron Robinson
Midfielder
Dean Williams
Midfielder
8 Rob Manley
Forward

Substitutes
21 Aaron McNally
Defender
5 Michael McDonnell
Midfield
Jack Doyle
Unknown
9 Aaron Dobbs
Forward
17 Matthew O'Brien
Midfield
6 Dean Zambra
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 19, 2021

Venue: Finn Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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