Date Time League Season
1 October 2021 8:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Harps and Dundalk draw in entertaining tie

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.

  • 90'

    THE CHANCE! A Michael Duffy cross was met by Hoban unmarked and it just slipped past the post!

  • 90'

    Five added minutes here, late drama seems to follow these two teams what way will it go tonight.

  • 86'

    Sami Ben Amar on the way for Dundalk as Patching makes way injured

  • 85'

    Boyle booked.

  • 85'

    This game still could go either way. Dundalk press then Finn Harps counter its such end to end stuff here. Tense would not cut it here.

  • 80'

    McNamee booked.

  • 69'

    Earlier on Dan Hawkins and Mark Coyle came on for Sean Boyd and Johnny Dunleavy for Finn Harps.

  • 69'

    Earlier on Dan Hawkins and Mark Coyle came on for Sean Boyd and Johnny Dunleavy for Finn Harps.

  • 69'

    During the Harps celebrations that followed that goal, Dundalk made our first change of the night. Raivis Jurkovskis has come on for Sean Murray

  • 68'

    And Harps are LEVEL! Tundi gets the ball on the break and curls a delightful effort past Cherrie. All square here!

  • 66'

    Cameron is booked.

  • 62'

    Eight goals in six games for Patrick Hoban who slams it past Doherty.

  • 61'

    PENALTY DUNDALK! My oh my what a few minutes here.

  • 60'

    What a strike! Duffy's free-kick flies into the bottom corner and Dundalk are level!

  • 59'

    Free kick to Dundalk, Michael Duffy to take in a perfect area for him.

  • 54'

    This game is pretty tense so far, Dundalk getting a little bit more stuck in and Finn Harps meeting them pound for pound, the crowd are really getting behind the home side.

  • 46'

    Sean Murray's cross was met by Patrick Hoban but Doherty gets a hand to it and it's cleared.

  • 46'

    We are back underway at Finn Park, Dundalk kick us off and the action is underway.

  • 45'

    Half Time: Well Finn Harps are in the leading after an excellent well-taken goal from Owolabi and it was the home side who have had the better of chances and exchanges. Dundalk went close with Hoban being the conductor but his orchestra is off key.

  • 43'

    The rain is absolutely pouring down here in Finn Park, Dundalk starting to get a few passages of play together but Finn Harps are holding firm.

  • 39'

    An excellent ball from McNamee and Owolabi was up for the header but it just goes over the bar, that was a let off for Dundalk.

  • 34'

    Boyd's free-kick is kicked directly at Cherrie, either side of him would have caused issues.

  • 33'

    Sloggett is booked.

  • 29'

    Sean Murray with a low effort that Doherty could only parry, the defence eventually clears.

  • 28'

    Boyd is booked much to the dismay by some on and off the pitch, the challenge was 50-50 at best.

  • 24'

    Absolutely amazing save to deny Boyd but the referee would have denied it for offside, Dundalk have been at sixes and sevens since the goal.

  • 22'

    More on the goal: It's really is a superb goal by Owolabi as he controlled Mustoe's cross from wide on the left on the edge of the box before spinning to slot to the bottom left-hand corner

  • 17'

    As simple as that! Owolabi gets the ball on the edge of the area and hits a low effort that Cherrie can't get a hand to. The home side take the lead!

  • 15'

    Another curling effort from Hoban is saved easily from Ger Doherty.

  • 15'

    Finn Harps breaking with intent and looking to test Peter Cherrie but Dundalk's defence hold firm.

  • 12'

    From a Michael Duffy free-kick, Greg Sloggett was at the back post ready to convert but the ball just evades him.

  • 10'

    Great chance for Dundalk as Hoban comes in off the right and his high curling effort just goes wide of the post. Sign of intent from the Dundalk striker.

  • 6'

    Dundalk continuing to press here as to look to get an early lead, a few intakes of breath as the ball fell to Michael Duffy who looks to weave his magic.

  • 2'

    Daniel Cleary was dispossessed and Owolabi was on hand to steal the ball his cross however could not meet McNamee at the back post.

  • 2'

    Patrick Hoban heads the ball down to the onrushing Stanton by Doherty was alert to the danger.

  • 1'

    We are underway at Finn Park. Finn Harps kick us off and get the game underway.

  • FAI CEO and League Director Mark Scanlon are in attendance tonight.

  • Dundalk and Finn Harps have taken to the pitch we will be underway soon. Dundalk in the traditional black and white strip and Finn Harps in blue and white.

  • We are just minutes away, this Dundalk team on paper are very strong tonight, as there was concerns over the fitness of Greg Sloggett.

  • Conditions for this evenings match are almost perfect, a crisp and cool evening.

  • Daniel Cleary starts his 110th game for the club tonight. The centre half has now gone exactly 12 months without a goal having not scored since the KÍ Klaksvík game this day last year.

  • It's a big night for Darragh Leahy who makes the 100th appearance of his club career. His debut game was for Bohs v Rovers in Dalymount on February 16th 2018 - a night they won 3-1 courtesy of a Dan Casey double and Paddy Kavanagh strike which cancelled out Ronan Finn's opener

  • Peter Cherrie celebrates his 38th birthday today. It's just the second time in his career that he has played on his birthday. The last time was back in 2010 for Dundalk under Ian Foster when a Fahrudin Kuduzovic hat-trick earned a 3-0 win over Galway Utd.

  • Good Evening from Donegal in the North West where Finn Harps face Dundalk in the league this evening, Ciaran Callan here taking you through tonight's coverage.

Finn Harps

40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper
3Jordan Mustoe Defender
5Dave Webster Defender
6Ryan Connolly Midfielder
8Johnny Dunleavy 17 Defender
9Sean Boyd 14 Forward 28'
11Barry McNamee Midfielder 80'
16Shane McEleney Defender
22Ryan Rainey 4 Midfielder
24Ethan Boyle 19 Defender
45Babatunde Owolabi Forward 17', 68'
1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
4Kosovar Sadiki 22 Defender
10Mark Timlin Midfielder
12Luke Rudden Forward
14Mark Coyle 9 Midfielder
17Dan Hawkins 8 Forward
19Adam Foley 24 Forward
21Stephen Doherty Midfielder
31Lee McLaughlin Defender


14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder 60'
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 62'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder 33'
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray 13 Midfielder
18Will Patching 17 Midfielder
21Daniel Cleary Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder 66'
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
12Cameron Yates
13Raivis Jurkovskis 16 Defender
17Sami Ben Amar 18 Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Past Meetings

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Quarter Final)
3 - 3
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 11)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

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

Dundalk v Finn Harps

(Series 5)
0 - 4
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Dundalk


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

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.