Date Time League Season
2 July 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Drogheda brush past Finn Harps

First half goals from Mark Doyle and Darragh Markey and a 79th minute goal from Daniel O’Reilly did enough to give the home side a 3-1 win over Finn Harps at Head in the Game Park.

Finn Harps drew first blood in the 8th minute following great build up play from Tunde Owolabi, Barry McNamee got the ball and dummied outside the Drogheda defence passing to Will Seymore outside the area who fired a low shot into the Drogheda net, his first goal for Harps.

Drogheda managed to equalise minutes later but not without plenty of drama surrounding Doyle’s opener. Harps had put the ball out of play for Barry McNamee to receive treatment after pulling up in the Drogheda attack, a heavy pass back sent out for a corner by McGinley as the keeper failed to catch the ball, from the resulting corner kick Mary Doyle beat his man and rose highest to head home.

The opening half was a tight and cagey affair but Drogheda eventually reaped the rewards of putting pressure on the Harps defence 4 minutes from the break, Darragh Markey breaking through the area and sending a low shot at Mark McGinleys legs flat footing the keeper in the process and putting his side in the lead.

Both sides had early opportunities to find the net in the opening minutes of the second half, Owolabi breaking into the box and beating two defenders in the process but the ball was taken from his feet before being given the chance to shoot.

Moments later Darragh Markey managed to get into the Harps area and played in Mark Doyle but a Harps defender managed to get back and block out any danger. 

Just as Finn Harps looked to be on top after having another shot saved by Odumosu, Drogheda would find the net for the third and final time, a free kick just outside the Harps area on the right, the ball laid off short to Daniel O'Reilly who’s goal bound effort struck the wall deflecting off Kosovar Sadiki and beating Mark McGinley at his near post. 

  • 88'

    Tony McNamee comes on late replacing Conor Barry

  • 87'

    Ethan Boyle pushes over a Drogheda player and goes into the book

  • 86'

    Mark Hughes back in action as he comes in for Chris Lyons

  • 79'

    Drogheda make it 3, great free kick for the home side as the ball is laid off to Daniel O'Reilly who fires home via a deflection

  • 79'

    Connolly makes a wild challenge and goes into the book

  • 75'

    Boyd goes into the book after striking Dinny Corcoran in the head

  • 71'

    Ryan Connolly in for Karl O'Sullivan

  • 71'

    Sean Boyd in for Babatunde Owolabi

  • 69'

    Mark Doyle makes way for Dinny Corcoran

  • 67'

    James Clarke in for Luke Heeney

  • 57'

    Stephen Doherty in for Conor Barry

  • 50'

    Daniel O'Reilly on the ground receiving attention following a heavy clash of heads with his teammate Killian Phillips

  • 23'

    Yellow for Dunleavy after a nasty challenge

  • 21'

    The home side draw level!, a corner swung in and Mark Doyle beats his man to head home, some more drama in the build up to this

  • 20'

    The Finn Harps man is back on the field and looks to be okay

  • 18'

    Not looking good for Barry McNamee as he has pulled up and is down receiving treatment

  • 12'

    The first major chance of the night falls to the away side and they make no mistakes and lead 1-0

  • 8'

    First Blood to Harps as Will Seymore gets on the end of a Barry McNamee pass and fire in from outside the box

  • Team news for the away side Finn Harps, two changes as Ryan Rainey and Conor Barry replace Shane McEleney and Mark Coyle

  • Team News in for the home side, 3 changes from last weeks game against Shamrock Rovers, James Browne, Chris Lyons and Mark Doyle come in for Ronan Murray, Daniel Corocran and Jordan Adeyemo

  • We are here in United Park for tonights SSE Airtricity League tie as Drogheda United welcome Finn Harps, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will bring you live updates this evening, we await the team news as we get closer to the 7:45 kick off

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender 79'
7Darragh Markey Midfielder 41'
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 45 Forward
14Mark Doyle 10 Forward 21'
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
21Luke Heeney Midfielder
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
6Hugh Douglas Defender
10Dinny Corcoran 14 Forward
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
17Ronan Murray Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo Forward
22James Clarke Midfielder
45Mark Hughes 9 Midfielder

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender
7Karl O’Sullivan 6 Forward
8Johnny Dunleavy Defender 23'
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
19Adam Foley Forward
20Conor Barry 26 Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder
24Ethan Boyle Defender 87'
28Will Seymore Midfielder 8'
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward
5Dave Webster Defender
6Ryan Connolly 7 Midfielder 79'
9Sean Boyd 45 Forward 75'
12Luke Rudden Forward
20Niall Logue Defender
21Stephen Doherty 20 Midfielder
23Joel Bradley-Walsh Defender
26Tony McNamee 20 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 12)
0 - 1
LOI Men's 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
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Finn Harps


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

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.