Date Time League Season
13 September 2021 8:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Bohemians take points in Ballybofey

Two first half goals from Promise Omochere and Georgie Kelly, from the penalty spot; for Bohemians were enough for the Dublin side to take all three points against Finn Harps in a wet Ballybofey.

Ryan Rainey's 80th minute goal for Harps was not enough, in a game marred by multiple injuries.

Both teams started well with a number of attacks in the opening quarter hour, Dawson Devoy and Ali Coote hassling the Harps defence while Will Seymore, and former Shamrock Rovers pair Sean Boyd and Ethan Boyle coming close for the home side.  

It wasn’t until Ali Coote picked up an injury in the 17th minute and was soon after replaced by Promise Omochere when there was finally some real danger in either box, The pacey midfielder giving a lift to both sides.  

It wasn’t long before the intense work rate of Promise paid off, as the ball Ping ponged around the Harps box Georgie Kelly found him with a header, Promise himself flicked the ball past Ger Doherty in the goal. Calls for offside went unheard as referee Paul McLoughlin spotted the downed Will Seymore who played the goal scorer onside. This happened to be Seymore's last action as he was also subbed off due to injury, 

Bohs gained control of the game after the opener with Ross Tierney driving into the box with five minutes to play in the first half, Kosovar Sadiki clashing with the midfielder and conceding a penalty for his troubles. Donegal native, Georgie Kelly stepped up and expectedly smashes the back of the net. 

The half almost petered out without incident until versatile Johnny Dunleavey, made a challenge on promise to stop an attack, however the hometown star came off the worse, leaving the field in the third minute of added time with his arm in a sling. 

After the break both sides struggled to get a foothold on the game with few chances coming and nothing to trouble either goalkeeper, Rainey on 66 and Promise in the 72nd minute being the best of the chances, the Dublin sides midfielder catching Doherty with a stray boot and picking up a yellow for his efforts while the former hit the side netting. 

It was in fact Rainey who ensured a nervy ending for The Gypsies as he latched onto a Webster cross beating Irish International Talbot with 10 minutes remaining.  

Calls for a goal came in added time as Harps fans and players alike felt the ball crossed Talbot's line but neither the referee nor linesman were convinced. 

A dramatic ending in Ballybofey was always on the cards as Bohemians raced forward in search of a third but Karl O’Sullivan ensured there would be no grandstand ending pulling down the attacker on the halfway line. 

Next up for hard as they entertain Dundalk in the FAI Cup next weekend before they make the trip to Dalymount to test Bohemians once again in the League, Bohemians host Maynooth University in the FAI Cup and Derry City in the league prior to that meeting as they catch up on postponed games due to their extended run in the Europa Conference League. 

  • 90'

    bohs counter as harps feel the ball went over the line, O'Sullivan pulls down the attacker to stop him being in on an open gaol

  • 90'

    last chance here as harps have a corner

  • 89'

    Shouts for a harps penalty but the ref is not interested

  • 88'

    breslin sees yellow for time wasting

  • 86'

    Tierney sees yellow for time wasting as he's called aside to be replaced by Feely

  • 86'

    Owalabi comes together with Lyons and wins the ball but is judged to be a foul

  • 85'

    The game has lifted in intensity, Harps looking for an equaliser while Bohs want to kill off their opponents spirits with 5 to play

  • 80'

    Rainey puts harps back in the game with 10 minutes to play

  • 76'

    the ball breaks to Foley on the edge of the box but this effort goes so wide its a throw for bohemians

  • 72'

    a great ball into promise but his first touch lets him down and he catches Doherty, and picks up a yellow

  • 68'

    Foley replaces Boyd

  • 68'

    Owalabi drives towards the Bohs box but he is crowded out by opposition players

  • 66'

    Rainey now finds the side netting at the other end

  • 65'

    Promise is played in by Kelly but he finds the side netting

  • 63'

    Harps really getting into it but silly stay passes in the final third are letting them down, allowing Bohs to mount counter attacks at high speed

  • 58'

    Bohs shifting gears and looking to get another, Burt tamely rolls it to doherty

  • 55'

    Webster hauls down Tierney and sees yellow for his efforts

  • 50'

    Both sides battling to get control of the game with no real chance so far

  • 46'

    Bohs set to get us underway for the 2nd half as Dunleavey of harps is replaced by Owalabi

  • 45'

    Half time as Bohs lead by 2 goals to nil

  • 45'

    Harps to see out the half with 10 men

  • 45'

    Dunleavey walks off the field with his arm in a sling

  • 45'

    Dunleavy puts in a tackle on Promise but comes off the worse, it doesn't look good for him as the stretcher is straight out

  • 45'

    Harps have a dangerous free out by the corner flag, McNamee plays it in and Talbot save McEleneys effort as the 4th official shows 3 minutes added on

  • 41'

    Georgie Kelly makes no mistake and rattles the back of the net.

  • 40'

    Penalty Bohs as Tierney is taken down in the box

  • 33'

    Coyle replaces Seymore

  • 32'

    Seymores night looks over,

  • 32'

    Pin ball around the Harps box, bounces nicely for Promise who heads it into the back of the net, he looks offside but Seymore is down and played him on

  • 31'

    Bohs drives forward through Promise who finds Burt, Burt smashes the butt of the post Doherty saves the rebound from Promise

  • 28'

    What a chance or O'Sullivan, Rainy beats Lyons and finds O'Sullivan in the six yard box, Talbot puts his body on the line to keep it out

  • 24'

    Promise is making an impact already, he's in on goal but rolls it into the safe hands of Doherty,

  • 20'

    Promise replaces the injured Coote

  • 20'

    Seymore shoots from 30 yards out forcing Talbot to make a save

  • 18'

    Bohs down to 10 as they await a replacement for coote

  • 15'

    Coote is down and doesnt look like he will continue

  • 13'

    Boyd gets a shot away from a long long way out but it doesn't trouble Talbot in the away goal

  • 9'

    Big chance for Harps but Boyle cant find a team mate as he puts the ball back across the goal

  • 5'

    Seymore attacks down the right for Harps but the bohs defence snuff out any danger

  • 1'

    Bohs have started fast and applied pressure winning the ball and attacking hard, Devoy puts it over the bar

  • Harps set to get the game underway

  • Paul McLoughlin is the man in the middle with Darragh Keegan and Dermot Broughton and on the lines while Damien MacGraith is our fourth official

  • Bohemians make 4 changes from Friday night with Ciaran Kelly, Feely, Levingston and Wilson all dropping to the bench as Cornwall, Devoy, Finnerty and Breslin coming into the starting 11

  • Gerard Doherty starts in goal for Harps as a stand in for the suspended Mark Anthony McGinley, Dave Webster returns to the starting 11 after serving his suspension

  • Welcome to live coverage of the SSE Airtricity League clash between Finn Harps and Bohemians, Kick off is at 8pm and team news is coming up.

Finn Harps

4Kosovar Sadiki Defender
5Dave Webster Defender 55'
7Karl O’Sullivan Forward 90'
8Johnny Dunleavy 45 Defender
9Sean Boyd 19 Forward
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
16Shane McEleney Defender
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder 80'
24Ethan Boyle Defender
28Will Seymore 14 Midfielder
40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper
Luke Rudden Forward
3Jordan Mustoe Defender
10Mark Timlin Midfielder
14Mark Coyle 28 Midfielder
17Dan Hawkins Forward
19Adam Foley 9 Forward
21Stephen Doherty Midfielder
25Patrick McGarvey Goalkeeper
45Babatunde Owolabi 8 Forward


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender 88'
5Rob Cornwall Defender
8Ali Coote 20 Midfielder
11Liam Burt Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward 41'
16Keith Buckley Midfielder
18James Finnerty Defender
26Ross Tierney 4 Midfielder 86'
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
4Rory Feely 26 Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
9Cole Kiernan
10Keith Ward Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
15Roland Idowu Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
20Promise Omochere 8 Midfielder 32'
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Series 10)
4 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Finn Harps

(Series 1)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Bohemian FC

(Series 17)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Finn Harps

(Series 8)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Bohemian FC


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Paul McLaughlinDarragh Keegan
Dermot Broughton
Damien MacGraith


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