Date Time League Season
8 July 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Molloy grabs brace as Shels defy Finn Harps

Three goals saw Shelbourne defeat Finn Harps at the third attempt after a 3-1 victory over the Donegal side this evening.

Gavin Molloy opened scoring for the Reds after he headed in an excellent Shane Farrell corner in the thirteenth minute.

Harps fought back and equalised through an Ethan Boyle header before the 20-minute mark.

Molloy ensured that Shels went into half-time ahead though, after he sent an excellent strike past Harps' 'keeper Gavin Mulreaney from outside the box on 37 minutes.

Shelbourne were the much better side in the second half and were rewarded when Jack Moylan hit in the side's third goal on 74 minutes.

The teams exchanged possession in the early stages of the tie, with neither really getting the upper hand.

Jack Moylan had the hosts first effort on goal but his strike was lacklustre and he pulled it left and wide in the second minute.

After winning two corners, the visitors registered their first real attempt before the tenth minute when Barry McNamee blazed his effort over from just outside the box.

Soon after, Shelbourne won their first corner of the game and struck gold when Gavin Molloy rose to meet Shane Farrell's excellent delivery and headed in the opening score.

Harps fought back through a set-piece delivery of their own when Regan Donelon's free-kick found Ethan Boyle in between two Shels defenders and he headed past 'keeper Brendan Clarke to level the game on 18 minutes.

Each side had a chance to take the lead in the following stages.

McNamee had an effort from the right denied by Clarke while Harps 'keeper Gavin Mulreaney did well to stop Luke Byrne's header just after the half-hour mark.

The Reds managed to get on top in the latter part of the half and put pressure on the visitors' area.

Jad Hakiki received the ball in the Harps' box and used his footwork to  lay it off to Gavin Molloy lurking just outside the box, who duly struck it past the diving Mulreaney for his second goal of the game.

Molloy and Moylan had efforts come close before half-time but the score would remain 2-1 to the hosts going into the break.

Finn Harps came close to equalising for a second time when Regan Donelon's free-kick went narrowly wide of the target soon after play restarted.

But that was the best chance the visitors would have in the second half as Shelbourne took control of the game.

Some excellent passing moves from the Reds opened up the Harp's defence on several occasions but attempts from Jack Moylan and Sean Boyd were stopped by Mulreaney.

Shelbourne would have to wait until the 74th minute to score a third when Jack Moylan was put through on goal and his strike secured victory for the Reds.

  • 93'

    Full-Time at Tolka Park Shelbourne 3-1 Finn Harps

  • 90'

    Three minutes added

  • 85'

    Dan Carr replaces Sean Boyd f or Shelbourne

  • 79'

    MacManus replaces Hakiki for the Reds

  • 74'

    Jack Moylan gets Shelbourne's third goal to make it 3-1 to the home side

  • 69'

    Shels fans claim Mulreaney handled the ball outside the box but referee disagrees

  • 68'

    Bastien Hery is introduced for Harps

  • 68'

    Finn Harps are struggling to put play together

  • 65'

    Mihaljevic booked before manager Ollie Horgan also receives a yellow card for his reaction

  • 66'

    Mulreaney saves on Moylan

  • 65'

    Sean Boyd has a chance go amiss as Shelbourne increase the pressure on their opponents

  • 64'

    Shels' passing has been really good this half, opening up Harps on several occasions

  • 60'

    Adam McCafferty introduced for Finn Harps

  • 57'

    Hakiki looks for a penalty but play waved on

  • 55'

    Sean Boyd receives a booking

  • 53'

    Shels pressurising the visitors

  • 50'

    Shane Farrell has a similar effort go just wide at the other end

  • 49'

    Regan Donelon;s free goes narrowly wide

  • 48'

    McNamee wins a free outside the Shels area

  • 45'

    Back underway at Tolka

  • 46'

    Half-Time at Tolka Park

  • 45'

    Shane Farrell plays a short corner to Sean Boyd who hits close to goal but misses the target

  • 45'

    Into one minute added time

  • 43'

    Mulreaney saves Moylan's close-range effort

  • 42'

    Duncan gets a booking

  • 38'

    Collision in the Shels area sees Brendan Clarke down after a collision with Dylan Duncan

  • 38'

    Another effort from Molloy sees him half-volley over the crossbar from a distance

  • 37'

    GOAL! Molloy gets a second after Jad Hakiki lays it back to him from inside the box

  • 35'

    Ethan Boyle gets to it again but it goes left and wide

  • 35'

    Harps win a free in a similar area from where they scored

  • 31'

    Excellent save by Gavin Mulreaney to deny Luke Byrne's header.

  • 25'

    Brendan Clarke stops Barry McNamee's effort from the right

  • 24'

    Robert Jones called offside after getting on the end of Regan Donelon's ball

  • 20'

    Shels win a set-piece at the other end now

  • 18'

    GOAL!!!!!!! Ethan Boyle levels the game after heading in Donelon's delivery

  • 18'

    Harps win a set-piece in a dangerous area

  • 17'

    Luke Byrne's slip allows McNamee to get the ball forward to Robert Jones, who's shot on goal is saved

  • 13'

    Gavin Molloy gets on the end of Shane Farrell's cross and powers in the opening goal!

  • 12'

    Shels win their first corner

  • 9'

    McNamee hits over after the visitors have two corners

  • 7'

    Shels in control under the sun at Tolka, yet to be any big chances though

  • 2'

    Jack Moylan has an effort on goal slide left and wide

  • 1'

    Barry McNamee gets things under way in Dublin!

  • 10 minutes until Kick-Off at Tolka Park

  • Youth prospect Jad Hakiki makes the starting XI for Shels

  • New signing Robert Jones starts for Harps while arrivals Harry Nicolson and Liam McGing make the bench for the visitors

  • Team news to follow

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Shelbourne v Finn Harps. We\'ll be providing live updates to take you through the game. Kick-Off is at 7.45pm!


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
3Conor Kane Defender
5Shane Griffin Defender
6JJ Lunney 8 Midfielder
9Sean Boyd 14 Forward 55'
10Jack Moylan Midfielder 74'
12Jad Hakiki 7 Midfielder
17Shane Farrell Forward
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder 1', 37'
23Luke Byrne Defender
32Kameron Ledwidge Defender
Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
Gavin Hodgins Midfielder
Lewis Temple Defender
2John Ross Wilson Defender
7Brian McManus 12 Midfielder
8Mark Coyle 6 Midfielder
14Daniel Carr 9 Forward
15Adam Thomas Defender
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder

Finn Harps

99Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
3Regan Donelon Defender
4Rob Slevin Defender
6Ryan Connolly Midfielder
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
17Elie-Gael N’Zeyi 21 Midfielder
18Robert Jones Forward
22Ryan Rainey 23 Midfielder
24Ethan Boyle Defender 18'
33Filip Mihaljevic 12 Forward 65'
56Dylan Duncan 14 Midfielder 42'
1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
10Mark Timlin Midfielder
12Luke Rudden 33 Forward
14Adam McCaffrey 56 Midfielder
15Jose Carrillo Defender
21Bastien Hery 17 Midfielder
16Harry Nicolson Defender
20Sean O’Donnell Forward
23Liam McGing 22 Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 13)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Shelbourne

(Round 7)
0 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Finn Harps

5 - 4
eLOI Group D
Online Event

Shelbourne v Finn Harps

(Series 12)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Finn Harps

(Series 3)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Shelbourne


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

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