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

Match Report

Rampant Dundalk see off Harps at home

Dundalk brushed Finn Harps aside at Oriel Park as they won 3-0 tonight.

The result impacts both ends of the table as first half goals, from Darragh Leahy, Keith Ward and Steven Bradley sealed Dundalk’s return to second place and even with UCD’s loss, Harps remain marooned in relegation fears, only off the bottom by goal difference.

Both sides came into this came desperate for the points albeit for very different reasons. Dundalk knew a win would elevate them back above Derry with the Candystripes not in action this weekend.

Finn Harps were looking to edge away from relegation rival UCD, with only goal difference keeping them from propping up the Premier Division table.

It was the hosts who began the brighter immediately piling on pressure and after some penalty box pinball, Darragh Leahy struck a thunderbolt into the net, the ball flying past Mark McGinley.

Two minutes later and it was 2-0. Patrick Hoban orchestrated the move as he played in the on-running Steven Bradley who unselfishly squared it for Keith Ward to calmly convert.

Ollie Horgan’s men won a few corners yet Greg Sloggett’s outstanding defensive intervention aside, didn’t muster much in the way of scoring opportunities.

Ten minutes before the break, Bradley was allowed to cut infield, and he unleashed a left-footed scorcher that effectively put the result beyond doubt.

The second half was somewhat of a procession for Dundalk as they sought a fourth. Ward struck the woodwork with an audacious chip whilst Hoban and Bradley combined well only to not score.

And so, Dundalk reclaim second spot for now. For Harps, UCD’s home defeat to Shelbourne was the only thing that went right all evening. This was a performance worthy of relegation form.

Both sides have a break from the league next week as their FAI Cup campaigns commence. Dundalk welcome Longford Town and Finn Harps host Bohemians looking for, if nothing else, a significantly improved showing from tonight.

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  • 90'

    It finishes 3-0 to Dundalk at Oriel Park

  • 87'

    Leahy booked late on

  • 85'

    McMillan for Bradley in a home change

  • 83'

    Defender for forward as Carrillo replaces Jones for Harps

  • 80'

    Into the last ten minutes, Dundalk cruising to three points

  • 76'

    Mountney for Macari

  • 74'

    Duncan on for Donelon

  • 66'

    Double subs for both teams. O'Kane and Adams on for Dundalk whilst Timlin and Nicolson enter the fray for Harps

  • 59'

    Hoban and Bradley combine slickly but nothing comes of it. Dundalk looking more likely to add a fourth than Harps are to get one back

  • 55'

    Daniel Kelly gets in behind and Ward, from the edge of the area has an audacious chip cannon back off the post

  • 52'

    Conor Tourish goes close for Harps but Peter Cherrie saves well

  • 45'

    Back underway at Oriel Park!

  • 45'

    3-0 to Dundalk at half time as Ethan Boyle is booked for a foul on Sloggett which warps the half up

  • 36'

    Steven Bradley cuts inside and scores a worldie! That is a stunning strike and the hosts now 3-0 up

  • 35'

    Superb defensive work from Sloggett denies Regan Donelon a shot at a gaping goal after

  • 31'

    The hosts dominating the ball but no opportunities fashioned

  • 23'

    Ryan Rainey shoots well from range which Peter Cherrie saves and Lewis Macari does superbly to clear the rebound away before Robert Jones cab get to it. Harps best chance

  • 16'

    Should be 3-0! Finn Harps are far too casual with the ball in their box and Ward robs them, tees up Hoban who drags his shot uncharacteristically wide

  • 6'

    Keith Ward doubles Dundalk's lead, tapping home after fine work by Patrick Hoban and Greg Sloggett

  • 4'

    Dundalk ahead early and its a thunderbolt from Darragh Leahy after Steven Bradley's shot was blocked

  • Underway!

  • Finn Harps have Eric McWoods back from injury as a sub while Filip Mihaljevic and Liam McGing come into the starting lineup

  • For Dundalk, Robbie Benson is absent with injury as Paul Doyle and Steven Bradley get starts

  • Good evening and welcome to FinalWhistle.ie's coverage of Dundalk vs Finn Harps in the Premier Division tonight. Kick off at Oriel Park is at 7:45 and we'll be bringing you team news shortly

Dundalk

14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari 23 Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
6Sam Bone Defender
15Darragh Leahy Defender 4'
7Daniel Kelly 28 Midfielder
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
16Steven Bradley 29 Midfielder 36'
17Keith Ward 20 Midfielder 6'
21Paul Doyle Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward
30Mark Byrne Goalkeeper
11John Martin Forward
20Joe Adams 17 Midfielder
23John Mountney 2 Midfielder
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane 7 Forward
29David McMillan 16 Forward

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
2Conor Tourish Defender
19Regan Donelon Defender
9Rob Slevin Defender
24Ethan Boyle Defender
6Ryan Connolly Midfielder
11Barry McNamee 10 Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey 16 Midfielder
23Liam McGing Midfielder
18Robert Jones 15 Forward
33Filip Mihaljevic Forward
99Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
15Jose Carrillo 18 Defender
Adam McCaffrey Midfielder
8Eric McWoods Midfielder
16Harry Nicolson 22 Defender
12Luke Rudden Forward
10Mark Timlin 11 Midfielder
Dylan Duncan 19 Midfielder
21Bastien Hery Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 17)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 29)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Quarter Final)
3 - 3
FAI Cup
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 11)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 5)
0 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland

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