|3 May 2021||7:45 pm||LOI Men's Premier Division||2021|
Finn Harps recorded an historic victory against Derry City, beating the Candystripes for the first time in the league in their patch; thanks to Adam Foley’s late strike at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium tonight.
An early lead for City, created by James Akintunde, was cancelled out in the second-half by Karl O’Sullivan’s deflected half-volley.
The game had seemingly petered out, but a lovely reverse pass from Barry McNamee opened up a chance for Foley. The towering centre-forward blasted home to make history at the Brandywell.
Ollie Horgan’s men came into this game in poor form, but they dominated the chances from the off. Tunde Owolabi nearly opened the scoring as he nicked the ball away from a defender, his shot wasn’t good enough to beat Gartside in the Derry net.
It was the home side that would break the deadlock though. Against the run of play. Midfield orchestrator Will Patching played a pass down the channel for Akintunde to run onto. The quick striker cut inside, faked to shoot, sending the defender flying, and shipped the ball inside the back-post.
The visitors felt a bit hard done by at half-time. Will Seymore’s missile from forty yards just before the break was inches away from drawing the scores level.
Harps wouldn’t have too long to wait for their goal though, as a free-kick caused havoc in the City box. A half clearance wasn’t enough to get the ball out of the danger, and in steamed O’Sullivan to guide the ball, with the aid of a deflection, past Gartside.
A midfield battle then ensued, with few chances for either side. Cameron McJannett looked to add to his impressive goal tally with a strike from distance, but he could only find the gloves of the away side’s ‘keeper.
With chances few and far between in the closing stages, it seemed as if the focus from the managers was on the games ahead, with a host of substitutions.
Barry McNamee had other ideas though. The midfielder had been a nuisance all game, and broke free on the right-hand side. His well weighted pass was directly into Foley, and there wasn’t any doubt about whether he was going to score.
This victory is historic for Harps, but it also comes at an important time. Four games without a win, and a lack of goals have been put to bed with a good performance. For the Candystripes, their upturn in form after the appointment of Ruairdhri Higgins has been shattered late on.
|11. James Akintunde||17'|
|7. Brendan Barr||36'|
|45'||7. Babatunde Owolabi|
|54'||14. Karl O'Sullivan|
|9. David Parkhouse||73'|
|89'||11. Adam Foley|
|Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium|
|Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom|