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Date Time League Season
20 May 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

10-man Drogheda deliver big against Finn Harps

10-men Drogheda United earned a huge 3-1 win over Finn Harps tonight at Head in the Game Park.

Finn Harps took the lead straight into the second-half through a Conor Tourish header on 47 minutes. Drogheda equalised through sub Evan Weir on 68 minutes despite Sean Roughan being sent off for a second yellow just before.

Adam Foley snatched the goal to put them ahead in stoppage time and Darragh Nugent made it 3-1 after 95 minutes

This game brought a new meaning to the term game two halves as a dull first periods transpired into a second one that had it all. At the end of events though it’s Drogheda who have pulled off a spirited comeback to go six points clear of the drop zone.

Harps were the better of the sides in the quiet first half and had the only real chances through attempts from Bastien Hery and Ryan Rainey. The Drogs were poor and played just like a team who had lost their last four, timid and overly safe.

The second half burst into life when Conor Tourish headed in the opener for the Ballybofey outfit from a corner. The hosts responded with intensity though as if they had only then been enlightened to the importance of the game.

Sean Roughan was sent off just past the hour for a controversial second yellow but this didn’t seem to effect the Drogs and a few minutes later substitute Evan Weir slotted home as James Clarke pulled the ball back from the byline.

The game was even for the remainder with scrappy play and late challenges at the fore. Right into stoppage time Adam Foley who was returning from injury tapped home a brilliant Ryan Brennan cross to win the game.

An altercation followed where Hery kicked out at Brennan was giving marching orders. Then on 95 minutes Darragh Nugent wrapped it up with a close range volley to finish things 3-1

  • A hectic end. Hery is sent off for kicking Brennan and then Drogheda wrap things up through Darragh Nugent’s close range volley which was practically the last kick. 3-1 it finishes at Head in the Game Park

  • 90'

    Goal! Off the bench Foley taps home the winner in stoppage time. 2-1

  • 85'

    Adam Foley has come on for Lyons and immediately he troubled Harps with a low ball into the box but McGinley held on. Five left in this very intense affair

  • 77'

    McNamee comes off injured and Jesse Devers replaces the captain for Harps

  • 77'

    Just over 10 left here and it could go either way despite the hosts being down a man. Plenty of late challenges coming in

  • 68'

    Evan Weir scores just after replacing Dayle Rooney and equalises for 10 men Drogheda

  • 65'

    Huge chance for Filip Mihaljevic from close range but a brilliant stop from Long keeps it out

  • 64'

    Sean Roughan booked for a second time and sent off

  • 56'

    Drogheda with a spell now as they look for a quick response to a goal that could see them fully dragged into the relegation scrap

  • 47'

    Dream start to the half for Finn Harps as Tourish scores from a corner straight away

  • 45'

    Back underway here. Ryan Brennan replaces Andrew Quinn and Kevin Doherty reshapes Drogheda a bit

  • Half-time here and it can be described as a dull 0-0 at the interval

  • 41'

    A George Poynton free-kick fizzes into the box but McGinley clutches it. The Louth side looking slightly better approaching the break

  • 39'

    Some good play by the Drogs sees Chris Lyons slipped through and he chips Mark McGinley to score but unfortunately he is a yard or two offside

  • 33'

    Best chance of the game goes to Rainey as the ball falls to him on the edge but his effort goes safely into the hands of Sam Long

  • 31'

    Gary Deegan booked for an altercation with Rainey

  • 30'

    Surprisingly its Ollie Horgan's men playing on the front foot in this first-half and its been the hosts who are looking to counter. Regardless the two sides continue to struggle to break each other down

  • 25'

    This one still yet to spark into life. The visitors have been slightly better and have won a number of free-kicks in dangerous positions but have hit the wall every time

  • 16'

    Dane Massey receiving treatment

  • 13'

    The Donegal team with a good spell there. Not really threatening, but pushing high up the pitch to a point where Drogheda struggled to get out for a few minutes

  • 12'

    First shot of the game goes to the away side. Bastien Hery's volley blazes over after Ryan Rainey's long throw broke back to him

  • 9'

    Still no chances of note and play is being broken up frequently in the middle

  • 5'

    A deep ball into the box seems to be Harps' early intention. Conor Tourish put one in there but Andrew Quinn dealt with it

  • 3'

    A slow tempo early on and both sides getting a feel for the ball. The hosts playing in their traditional Claret and Blue while the visitors are in all green

  • And we're off at Head in the Game Park

  • Harps team news: Bastien Hery and Ryan Connolly return to the starting team. Barry McNamee is the skipper while new signing Yoho Mahdy settles for the bench

  • Drogheda team news: Adam Foley returns to the match day squad having been injured but Darragh Markey is still out with his Metatarsal problem. Chris Lyons is back in the starting 11 however Dean Williams is out with a knock

  • Three points is all that separates these sides who are placed 8th and 9th respectively so a very important win up for grabs here in Louth. Drogheda have lost their last four and Harps are on the back of what could be detrimental loss to UCD last week

  • Con Sheehan reporting here as Drogheda United face Finn Harps in the Premier Division. Kick-off is 7:45 pm

Drogheda Utd

31Sam Long Goalkeeper
2Sean Roughan Defender
4Andrew Quinn 19 Defender
5Keith Cowan Defender
8Gary Deegan Midfielder 31'
9Chris Lyons 11 Forward
14Dane Massey Defender
16Dayle Rooney 3 Midfielder
22James Clarke Midfielder
24Darragh Nugent Midfielder 95'
26George Poynton Midfielder
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir 16 Defender 68'
10Dylan Grimes Midfielder
11Adam Foley 9 Forward 90'
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
18Charles Mutawe Defender
19Ryan Brennan 4 Midfielder
21Luke Heeney Midfielder
25Killian Cailloce Forward

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
2Conor Tourish Defender 47'
3Regan Donelon Defender
4Rob Slevin Defender
6Ryan Connolly Midfielder
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
15Jose Carrillo Defender
21Bastien Hery Midfielder 92'
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder 72'
24Ethan Boyle Defender
33Filip Mihaljevic Forward 46'
99Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
7Jesse Devers Midfielder
8Eric McWoods Forward
9Yousef Mahdy Forward
10Mark Timlin Midfielder
12Luke Rudden Forward
26Erol Erdal Alkan Defender
31Nathan Logue Midfielder
32Shaun McDermott Defender

Timeline

Past Meetings

(Round 1)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Drogheda United

(Series 30)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Drogheda United

(Series 19)
3 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Finn Harps

(Series 12)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Drogheda United

3 - 2
eLOI Group D
Online Event

Finn Harps v Drogheda United

(Series 3)
1 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Finn Harps

Ground

United Park
United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland

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