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Date Time League Season
24 June 2022 8:00 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Late drama in Ballybofey

Late drama in Finn Park saw Finn Harps come back from 2-0 down to pick up a point through a 96th-minute Eoin Doyle header.

Pats looked on course for their third 2-0 victory after two Billy King goals either side of halftime but a Sam Curtis injury and a quadruple substitution turned the game on its head with just 10 minutes to go in the game.

The Dublin side will be livid that they let the points slip away from them as they controlled the game with ease for the majority of the game. 

The opening chance of the game fell to the away side. Eoin Doyle picked up the ball in midfield and played a delightful ball through to Darragh Burns whose effort at goal is saved well by Gavin Mulreany who started in the Harps net tonight. Sam Curtis saw his headed effort go over the crossbar from the resulting corner. 

After Sligo got two in the opening minutes in the North West Derby last weekend it was important for Finn Harps to start strong, and it could not have gone much worse. 

The opening goal of the game came after just 7 minutes. Mark Doyle picked up the ball on the byline, beating his man, and pulled his pass back across the box for Billy King who volleyed it low and hard underneath Mulreany into the Harps net, a goal which despite the game being only a few minutes old, had been coming. 

St Pats were inspired by the goal, holding the ball for the majority of the first half following but not creating too much by way of threatening chances. 

N’Zeyi was booked early for Harps and could’ve seen red after a late tackle in midfield with the ball already gone but it was not picked up by an official. 

It wasn’t until the 35th minute that we saw another big chance. Forrester played a long through ball to Doyle who was stopped by the onrushing Mulreany in the Harps net who saved with his legs. 

The Harps came into the game a little bit more before the break but nothing more than a couple of half-chances were created with no trouble to Anang in the Saints net. 

St Patricks Athletic took the narrow 1-0 lead into the interval. 

The Inchicore side continued their stranglehold on the game in the opening stages of the second half with Eoin Doyle forcing Mulreany into another save with his legs in the opening minutes. 

Billy King got his second goal of the game on the three-quarter mark, picking the ball up in midfield and with some nifty footwork, slipped passed N’Ziye and smashed with his left foot from outside the box into the bottom right corner, leaving Mulreany with no chance of saving.

The game flipped on its head after 80 minutes with defender Sam Curtis picking up a serious ankle injury that required a stretcher. A big blow for a young defender who was having a brilliant game. 

St Pats made four substitutions, which they believed would sure up the game but this was not to be.

Finn Harps got one back at the end of the game. A long hopeful ball into the box fell to the feet of Carrillo who poked home giving the Donegal side hope they could get a point late on. 

Drama followed into additional time. Harps threw the kitchen sink at Pat's sending everyone forward late on, and this would prove worthwhile as in the 96th minute Ethan Boyle headed in off the bar after a scramble that could not be cleared by the Pats defense. 

After a rather poor performance, the Donegal side will be delighted to come away with a point.

Full-time score in Finn Park, Finn Harps 2-2 St Patricks Athletic.

  • 96'

    Full time, it ends 2-2 in Finn Park after some brilliant late drama in Donegal.

  • 96'

    GOAL FOR FINN HARPS, ETHAN BOYLE HEADS HOME FROM A SCRAMBLE IN THE BOX

  • 96'

    Corner to the home side, 30 seconds to go. Mulreany is up!

  • 95'

    Harps throwing the kitchen sink at the Saints here. only 90 seconds on the clock.

  • 90'

    Six minutes to go here, anything could happen.

  • 88'

    GOAL! The home side get one back, sub Carrillo taps in from close range.

  • 86'

    Donelon is booked for preventing a counterattack.

  • 82'

    Four changes at once for the away side. Abankwah, McClelland, McCormack, and Robinson replace Curtis, Eoin Doyle, Burns, and Forrester.

  • 73'

    Double sub for the home side. N’Zeyi and Mihaljevic are replaced by Rudden and Carrillo.

  • 72'

    Major chance for Doyle who missed from just four yards out, somehow, putting the ball over the Harps bar.

  • 65'

    Ethan Boyle is booked for arguing with the official.

  • 65'

    Billy King gets his second of the night! A brilliant solo effort from range off his left foot.

  • 58'

    A couple of corners for the away side causing issues Finn Harps. Some crafty routines from the Saints.

  • 48'

    Eoin Doyle has another effort saved from Mulreany's feet.

  • 46'

    McWoods is booked for simulation in the opening stages, another decision met with anger from the home fans.

  • 45'

    No changes to report at the start of the second half.

  • 45'

    The floodlights are on and the teams are out to get the second half underway.

  • 47'

    Half time in Finn Park . St Pats 1-0 Finn Harps.

  • 45'

    2 additional minutes added on at the end of the first half.

  • 44'

    Harps boss Ollie Horgan picks up a booking for remonstrating with the fourth official.

  • 42'

    Harps starting to come into the game before the break. A couple of half chances but nothing to test Anang in the Saints net.

  • 37'

    Tensions spilling over here as Forrester flies into a tackle and sees yellow.

  • 35'

    Chance for the away side. Doyle is stopped by the onrushing Mulreany with his sprawling legs. Could've easily been two.

  • 28'

    Ryan Rainey is booked for a tackle stopping a Pats attack.

  • 27'

    The referee holds up play to speak to Boyle and Doyle for some off the ball altercations. St Patricks Athletic still in control.

  • 19'

    Slevin gets a header on target for Harps but Anang saves with ease.

  • 16'

    N'Zeyi is booked for the home side.

  • 14'

    The Saints have been much better since the goal, controlling the play and suppressing any possession for the home side.

  • 7'

    Mark Doyle cuts back from the byline finding Billy King who smashes low into the back of the Harps net.

  • 4'

    Sam Curtis heads inches over the bar from the resulting corner.

  • 3'

    The first big chance goes to the away side. Darragh Burns has a close-range effort saved by Mulreany.

  • 1'

    Kick-off in Finn Park.

  • Both teams have taken the field here, almost ready to get the action underway.

  • One change for the away side from their home win over UCD. Billy King replaces Jay McClelland.

  • Three changes from last week's defeat to Sligo for the home side. Mulreany, N'Zeyi and Duncan come in for Mahdy, Carrillo and McGinley.

  • Finn Harps need to start picking up points now if they hope to survive in this Division but St Pats will not make it easy. St Pats are a side fighting for Europe who've beaten Harps twice already this season will.

  • Good evening and welcome to Round 20 of the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland. Finn Harps and St Pats battle in Ballybofey tonight, Sam Mansfield bringing you live updates and news as it happens.

Finn Harps

99Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
2Conor Tourish Defender
3Regan Donelon Defender 85'
4Rob Slevin Defender
8Eric McWoods 12 Forward 46'
11Barry McNamee 9 Midfielder
17Elie-Gael N’Zeyi Midfielder 16'
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder 28'
24Ethan Boyle Defender 90+6'
65'
33Filip Mihaljevic 15 Forward
15Dylan Duncan 10 Midfielder
1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper
30Damien Duffy Midfielder
15Jose Carrillo 33 Defender 88'
12Luke Rudden 8 Forward
10Mark Timlin 15 Midfielder
31Nathan Logue Midfielder
9Yousef Mahdy 11 Forward
26Erol Erdal Alkan Defender

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
22Sam Curtis 11 Defender
19Anto Breslin Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
8Chris Forrester 33 Midfielder 35'
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
15Billy King Forward 7', 65'
17Darragh Burns 18 Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward
9Eoin Doyle 20 Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
11Jason McClelland 22 Forward
18Ben McCormack 17 Midfielder
20James Abankwah 9 Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
33Kyle Robinson 8 Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 12)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Round 5)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 35)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Series 25)
3 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 17)
4 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Series 7)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 16)
3 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(1st Round)
1 - 0
FAI Cup
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 7)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

Ground

Finn Park
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