Date Time League Season
23 May 2022 8:00 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk continue unbeaten run

Dundalk extended their unbeaten run to six games with a solid 1-0 win away to second from bottom side Finn Harps.

Daniel Kelly was the matchwinner pouncing on Keith Ward’s cutback and lashing the ball home in the 52nd minute.

Stephen O’Donnell’s side started with the confidence of a team unbeaten in their last five games, a run that has seen them steadily march up the table. Ward, one of three changes from Friday night; was a constant threat from both set pieces and open play in the first half.  

Ward orchestrated their best chances early on, ones which saw Kelly miscue with a poor first touch and Patrick Hoban, matchwinner in Derry, glance a header just wide.  

However, relegation threatened Finn Harps bared their teeth. Eric McWoods was an attacking pest and his linkup with forward Yousef Mahdy threatened to undo Dundalk on the counter.  

Kelly had the most glaring miss of the half though when he scooped over from six yards out. A minute later, he drew a save from Alan McGinley, but a stooping James Martin headed wide with an equally culpable miscue.  

Yet Dundalk immediately amended their first half wastefulness, scoring just seven minutes after the interval. Lewis Macari burst forward from defence, his overhit cross was nudged back by Ward and Kelly lashed a shot past McGinley.  

The second half descended into scrappiness, McWoods blazing over in the 90th minute, butchering the home side’s best opportunity. Dundalk posed an ominous danger on the counterattack, Robbie Benson, and Ward curling well wide.  

So, an ugly but invaluable goal was the difference, earning Dundalk a pivotal three points before they host St Patrick’s Athletic this weekend. Their momentum is flowing at the right time as they hound down the top two. Finn Harps chase to avoid relegation remains very stationary right now.  

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  • 90'

    Full Time: Finn Harps-0 Dundalk-1. BIG win for the visitors, especially given Derry City's result tonight

  • 90'

    The host's best chance has come and gone as Eric McWoods after more neat interplay with Tourish and Madhy in the build-up, blazes a shot over

  • 77'

    Another sub for Dundalk

  • 77'

    Another sub for Dundalk

  • 77'

    Joe Adams

  • 77'

    Daniel Kelly

  • 65'

    Leahy booked just before Dundalk keeper Nathan Sheppard saves well from Connolly

  • 64'

    Another change for the hosts, forward Luke Rudden comes on

  • 64'

    Another change for the hosts

  • 60'

    Dundalk's first substitution, Robbie Benson comes on

  • 60'

    Dundalk's first substitution

  • 60'

    First change of the night

  • 60'

    First change of the night

  • 52'

    Daniel Kelly- Dundalk in front! Kelly pounces after Lewis Macari's cross is kept alive by Ward who cuts back for Kelly to lash home!

  • 45'

    Back underway

  • 45'

    Goalless at the interval at Finn Park

  • Finn Harps attacking but lose the ball and Dundalk's menacing counter attack is snuffed out by Ryan Connolly's professional foul. Needed to mae that, you feel

  • 40'

    A flurry of activity! First, Eric McWoods sets up Yousef Mahdy who drills just wide! A minute later, Kelly's right foot shot is saved by Mark McGinley and John Martin has an open goal to aim his header at. It drifts harmlessly wide instead

  • 31'

    Best chance of the match falls to Dundalk's Daniel Kelly who gets his feet in a muddle and hoofs the ball over from six yards out! Finn Harps got away with one there

  • 22'

    Another booking for the home side, Boyle's second dubious foul. From Keith Ward's free kick, Patrick Hoban, match winner on Friday night glances a header just wide

  • 15'

    Better from the hosts. The booked Jesse Devers fluffs a shot after sustained pressures from a succession of set pieces

  • 8'

    Dundalk bossing proceedings early on. From a corner, Daniel Kelly tees up John Martin but the crucial good touch deserts him and Harps clear their lines

  • 6'

    A foul on Paul Doyle sees the defender booked early

  • 5'

    Good early tempo, being set by the visitors. Keith Ward's snapshot the closest to a goal

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  • Hi, I'm Rory Morrow and welcome to tonight's coverage of Finn Harps vs Dundalk. Kick off at 8

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
2Conor Tourish Defender 25'
9Rob Slevin Defender
19Regan Donelon Defender
24Ethan Boyle Defender 22'
6Ryan Connolly Midfielder
10Mark Timlin 33 Midfielder
11Jesse Devers 12 Midfielder 6'
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder
8Eric McWoods Forward
9Yousef Mahdy Forward
99Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
12Luke Rudden 11 Forward
15Jose Carrillo Defender
20Dylan Woods Midfielder
20Shaun McDermott Defender
31Nathan Logue Midfielder
33Filip Mihaljevic 10 Forward
26Erol Erdal Alkan Defender
40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper


1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
6Sam Bone Defender
15Darragh Leahy Defender 65'
7Daniel Kelly 20 Midfielder
10Greg Sloggett 8 Midfielder
17Keith Ward Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward
21Paul Doyle Midfielder
11John Martin Forward
5Mark Connolly Defender
8Robbie Benson 10 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
16Steven Bradley Forward
20Joe Adams 7 Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 3)
3 - 0
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 29)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

(Quarter Final Replay)
3 - 1
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Quarter Final)
3 - 3
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

(Series 21)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 11)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

(Series 2)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 14)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 5)
0 - 4
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk


Finn Park
Finn Park, Navenny Street, Stranorlar Electoral Division, Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District, County Donegal, F93 Y27K, Ireland

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