Date Time League Season
25 June 2021 8:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Harps and Longford finish score-less

In a highly dramatic encounter at Finn Park, neither side could find the breakthrough in the second half as Finn Harps and Longford Town played out a stalemate.

After both sides scored in the opening 45 minutes, Harps had the best opportunity to wrap up the tie in the second half but Barry McNamee had his penalty saved by Lee Steacy who was phenomenal in the Longford goal.

The visitors found the target on the 12th minute with plenty of drama involved in the Longford opener, as the linesman had flagged for offside but the referee overused the decision. It all started with Dylan Grimes fired a shot from outside the area which struck the crossbar, the ball fell to Aaron Robinson who’s header found Aaron Dobs in the Harps box who fired past McGinley.

Harps responded just five minutes later, a cross on the right cleared by the Longford defence which fell to Barry McNamee on the edge of the box, who played a lovely ball into Babatude Owolabi who beat his man and fired to the roof of the net.

One could have been two shortly after for Finn Harps. The ever present Adam Foley got into the Longford box but hit a wayward shot off the bar.

Another chance late on in the first half came for Harps, as Babatunde again raced through midfield playing a quick 1-2 before his shot was saved again by Steacy.

Harps began the second half in similar fashion to how they finished the first, a wonderful pass in behind by Adam Foley saw Owolabi run towards the Longford goal, the Harps forward holding up the ball before forcing yet another fine save from Steacy.

Yet more drama ensued from the resulting corner, as the referee awarded a penalty to Finn Harps, as Owolabi’s header struck the arm of a Longford defender. Barry McNamee stepped up to take the spot kick but the penalty was saved by Steacy.

The second half lacked action after the Harps penalty chance, neither side could convert any chances and would eventually share the points, as Longford record their first points since traveling to Derry at the start of May.

  • 93'

    It finishes all square here tonight as Finn Harps and Longford share the spoils, nothing could separate the sides, it finishes Finn Harps 1, Longford 1

  • 93'

    Ryan Rainey comes in late on for the injured Owolabi

  • 85'

    Karl Chambers comes in for Aaron McNally

  • 85'

    Into the last 5 minutes here as both sides look to find a late winner

  • 79'

    Like for like sub as Rob Manley replaces goalscorer Aaron Dobs

  • 75'

    Sean Boyd comes in to replace the injured Shane McEleney

  • 70'

    A booking for the Longford defender as he brings down Karl O'Sullivan

  • 62'

    First change of the night as Conor Barry comes in for Will Seymore

  • 59'

    Sadiki brings down a Longford man, as Dylan Grimes lines up the free kick

  • 52'


  • 52'

    Penalty shout here for a possible hand ball

  • 46'

    Second half kicks off

  • 45'

    Half time here in Ballybofey, after some early drama with Aaron Dobs scoring the opener for Longford where he looked offside to the linesman, Babatunde Owolabi managed to finish a scrappy run of play to level matters

  • 28'

    Big chance for Harps to go ahead but Will Seymore sees his shot saved by Lee Steacy in the Longford goal

  • 18'

    Harps level matters 5 minutes later as Babatunde Owolabi nets his second of the season

  • 12'

    The Harps keeper booked for talking to the referee after the Longford goal

  • 12'

    Very dramtic goal here in Donegal, Aaron Dobs has the ball in the net after the linesman had his flag up, but the referee has over ruled him, 1-0 Longford

  • 7'

    Longford Towns Aodh Dervin picks up a yellow after showing some frustration

  • 3'

    Finn Harps starting the better of the two sides forcing an early corner

  • Longford Town will kick us off

  • A welcome return for spectators here at Finn Park tonight, despite only a small number of spectators being allowed attend the game in current restrictions, we hope for a great atmosphere!

  • Conditions are great here for an evenings game, the narrow field in Ballybofey is set to be a test for the visitors as many a side has struggled here in the past

  • Despite equalising within seconds of conceding Longford Town suffered a cruel 2-1 defeat to Waterford at home last Friday night. While they will welcome back manager Daire Doyle to the dug out as his suspension comes to an end, centre back Michael McDonnell will miss tonights action after being shown a straight red late on in last weeks clash.

  • The home side will be looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat last time out, as they suffered a 4-1 defeat to St Pats on the road at Richmond Park. Harps danger man Adam Foley will look to continue his scoring form, with the forward netting 8 goals so far this season

  • Good Evening from Finn Park, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will bring you live updates tonight, as Finn Harps welcome bottom of the table Longford Town to Ballybofey. Both sides will be looking to come home with 3 points as we near the mid way point in the season neither team will want the threat of relegation over their heads

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper 12'
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender 59'
7Karl O’Sullivan Forward
8Johnny Dunleavy Defender
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
14Mark Coyle Midfielder
16Shane McEleney 9 Defender
19Adam Foley Forward
24Ethan Boyle Defender
28Will Seymore 20 Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 22 Forward 18'
32Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
9Sean Boyd 16 Forward
12Luke Rudden Forward
20Conor Barry 28 Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey 45 Midfielder
23Joel Bradley-Walsh Defender
26Tony McNamee Midfielder
31Niall Logue Defender

Longford Town

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender 70'
3Paddy Kirk Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
6Dean Zambra Midfielder
7Dylan Grimes Midfielder
9Aaron Dobbs 8 Forward 12'
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder 7'
21Aaron McNally 19 Defender
22Joseph Manley Defender
30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
8Rob Manley 9 Forward
11Callum Thompson Midfielder
15Aaron McCabe Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 21 Forward
20Dean Byrne Midfielder
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
25Conor Davis Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 6)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Finn Harps


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