|1 October 2021||8:00 pm||Premier Division||2021|
Finn Harps and Dundalk had to share the spoils as the home came from behind to secure a draw. Harps had two-goal hero Babatunde Owolabi to thank with two excellently taken goals to cancel out Michael Duffy and Patrick Hoban goals both of which were scored inside 90 seconds of each other midway through the second half.
A game that was full of high drama that was end to end for most of it Ollie Horgan’s men will feel they had the chances to win the game and Dundalk will rue letting go of the slender lead.
The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges but it was Finn Harps who took control of the game and took the deserved lead with a superb goal by Tunde Owolabi.
He controlled Mustoe's cross from wide on the left on the edge of the box before spinning to slot the ball home to the bottom left-hand corner. Despite taking the game to the visitors Dundalk had to endure a few nervy moments but held out to the break.
The game turned on its head midway through the second half when Dundalk went from behind to lead the contest in the space of ninety seconds. After controlling the tempo and possession early in the second half the Lilywhites got a free kick in a promising position and Michael Duffy hit a pinpoint effort that flew into Doherty and into the bottom right-hand corner. In Dundalk's next attack they were awarded a penalty, Hoban was felled in the area by Boyle and he got up to despatch the penalty to score his eighth goal in six games.
The lead was to last just mere minutes however as Finn Harps continued to press and got their deserved equaliser thanks to a fantastic strike from Owolabi. After breaking away from a Dundalk corner, the Finn Harps frontman latched onto a pass and hit a sweet curling effort that left Cherrie helpless in goal.
Both sides had chances to seal the tie just before full time but the best fell to the away side as Michael Duffy's free-kick was sent into the area and Patrick Hoban header just whistled past the wrong side of Doherty's post.
At this stage of the season where every point matters it could be priceless for both sides but both will feel that three points could and should have been on offer.
|45. Babatunde Owolabi||17'|
|9. Sean Boyd||28'|
|33'||10. Greg Sloggett|
|60'||7. Michael Duffy|
|62'||9. Patrick Hoban|
|66'||23. Cameron Dummigan|
|45. Babatunde Owolabi||68'|
|11. Barry McNamee||80'|
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|Finn Park, Navenny Street, Stranorlar Electoral Division, Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District, County Donegal, F93 Y27K, Ireland|