Date Time League Season
17 September 2021 8:00 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Boyd bags late Harps draw with Dundalk

Sean Boyd was the hero for 10-man Finn Harps as his late brace of goals snatched a 3-3 draw with Dundalk, and a lifeline in the FAI Cup this evening.

The sides will meet again next week in a replay following a thrilling contest at Finn Park.

Dundalk looked to be in absolute cruise control coming into the latter stages of the contest but Harps late rally spearheaded by Boyd has ensured their conquest for a semi-final is still intact.

The hosts were in a buyout mood and took the game to Dundalk as Babatunde Owolabi looked to get his name early on the scoresheet with a series of chances. On his third attempt on the Dundalk goal he hit the mark, Barry McNamee gave a clever little pass to Owolabi in the area who picked up the ball and with a first time shot slammed it under Cherrie who had was left with no chance. The lead would only last four minutes and the momentum would shift for the way of the Lilywhites.

Pat Hoban struck a low effort that Mark McGinley pushed away and Sean Murray was on for the follow-up effort but his low effort was blocked on the line by Jordan Mustoe with the ball striking his arm.

The referee felt he had no option but to give the red card and a penalty. Hoban despatched the penalty with ease and it was Dundalk who began to up the tempo. They got their just rewards for their increased pressure as Sean Murray struck his tenth goal for the club as he received the ball in the middle of the park and he hit a low effort, it seemed to have caused McGinley to sidestep the wrong way and the ball evaded his outstretched hand.

Dundalk looked to have put the contest to bed as Patrick Hoban grabbed his second goal of the game as he headed past McGinley to give Dundalk a commanding two-goal advantage. But there would be late drama as Sean Boyd who came on midway through the second half for the Harps would have a big say in this tie.

Boyd struck two late goals, with his first seeing him tower over Peter Cherrie to head past the Dundalk keeper to reduce the deficit to one as the sides headed into added-on time and with the final kick of the game, he struck a low effort past a sea of Dundalk players to equalise and send Finn Park into hysterics.

In a fleeting moment, the momentum swung away from Dundalk and back to Finn Harps as the sides will meet again next week to see who will progress to the semi-final, who that will be is anyone's guess at this point. 

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
3Jordan Mustoe Defender 27'
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender
5Dave Webster Defender 75'
7Karl O’Sullivan Forward
8Johnny Dunleavy 19 Defender
11Barry McNamee 21 Midfielder
14Mark Coyle Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder
24Ethan Boyle Defender
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward 24'
40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper
25Patrick McGarvey Goalkeeper
9Sean Boyd 45 Forward 84'
10Mark Timlin Midfielder
12Luke Rudden Forward
17Dan Hawkins Forward
19Adam Foley 8 Forward
21Stephen Doherty 11 Midfielder
31Lee McLaughlin Defender


14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
7Michael Duffy 15 Midfielder
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 28', 65'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
16Sean Murray 24 Midfielder 39'
18Will Patching Midfielder
21Daniel Cleary Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
15Darragh Leahy 7 Defender
17Sami Ben Amar Midfielder
22Ebuka Kwelele Forward
24Mayowa Animasahun 16 Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
36Jack Kavanagh Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo Forward
  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Sean Boyd was the hero for ten-man Finn Harps as his late brace of goals snatched a draw and a lifeline in the FAI Cup as the sides will meet again next week in a replay following a thrilling 3-3 draw in Finn Park. Dundalk looked to be in absolute cruise control coming into the latter stages of the contest but Finn Harps late rally spearheaded by Boyd has ensured their conquest for a semi-final is still intact.

  • 90'

    AND SEAN BOYD HAS DONE IT! A late late goal for Finn Harps and they have snatched a draw and will take the game to Oriel Park for a replay!

  • 87'

    Mayowa Animasahun on for Sean Murray.

  • 85'

    HOW DID HE MISS THAT!!! Ethan Boyle shot finds the patch of Boyd had his effort sails over the bar from six yards! Nervy times!!!

  • 83'

    Well well well! A corner is sent in and Sean Boyd heads it past Cherrie and we are into a very interesting period for the final minutes of this game!

  • 80'

    What a save from Peter Cherrie, he sees the shot late from Boyd and his pushes his low effort away from the goal and its a corner to the hosts.

  • 75'

    Webster booked for his boot leaving the ground in a tackle.

  • 74'

    Triple change for Finn Harps with Doherty, Foley and Boyd come in for Dunleavy, McNamee and Owolabi.

  • 65'

    Dundalk gets a third!! A cross from Sean Murray into the area and Hoban in between the two defenders heads it past McGinley and the away side are in control.

  • 60'

    Another excellent free-kick was tipped over by McGinley, that would have been an excellent goal.

  • 55'

    McNamee's free-kick is sent in and Webster looked odds on to score but he had strayed off into an offside position.

  • 51'

    The first chance of the second half sees Will Patching's free-kick go over the bar.

  • 46'

    Barry McNamee gets us back underway for the second half, no changes to either side at the break.

  • 45'

    Well, that was a game that burst into life indeed, in the space of nineteen minutes Babatunde Owolabi had given Finn Harps the lead, then they conceded a penalty, a red card and went further down thanks to goals from Patrick Hoban and Sean Murray. What a first half and Dundalk at present are en route to a seventh FAI Cup Semi Final.

  • 45'

    That's goal number ten in Dundalk colours for Sean Murray and his second in the FAI Cup after his goal in the 11-0 semi-final with away to Athlone Town last season

  • 43'

    Big clearance off the line from Mark Coyle as a corner sent in by Duffy is met by Stanton and he kicks it over the bar for another corner.

  • 39'

    And Dundalk take the lead! Sean Murray receives the ball in the middle and hits a low effort, it seems to have caused McGinley to sidestep the wrong way and it flies past him, Dundalk takes the lead.

  • 35'

    Ethan Boyle goes down in the box but referee Damien MacGraith points for a goal kick. I have seen those given so Dundalk has gotten away with one there as there was contact.

  • 32'

    What a chance for Dundalk, a cross from Duffy was flicked on and Patching was at the back post but his effort flies over the bar, it was a tight angle for the midfielder.

  • 30'

    Just to clarify what happened for the penalty, Pat Hoban hit a low effort that McGinley pushed away Sean Murray was on the follow-through and his low effort was blocked on the line by Mustoe and it struck his arm, the referee felt he had no option but to give the red card and penalty and the defender didn't protest.

  • 28'

    And Hoban makes no mistake from the penalty spot, Finn Harps lead lasted three minutes.

  • 27'

    Jordan Mustoe has been sent off for a handball from Sean Murray's follow up shot from Hoban's initial effort. Penalty to Dundalk!

  • 24'

    Third time lucky! This time he doesn\'t miss! McNamee gives a clever little pass and Owolabi picks up the ball and slams it under Cherrie who has no chance. Finn Harps take the lead!

  • 22'

    An excellent ball from Ryan Rainey and Owolabi was at the back post ready to give the vital touch and Andy Boyle was alert to the danger and he did enough to distract the Finn Harps striker and it goes wide. Big chance for the home side.

  • 20'

    A first ball over the top and Babatunde Owolabi looked to be one on one with Peter Cherrie but the goalkeeper was alert to the danger and he catches it right on the edge of the area.

  • 12'

    Both sides just testing each other out but it's the home side that you would say has settled into this game better. Dundalk however look more confident playing from the back with Boyle and Cherrie linking up well.

  • 9'

    Two chances for the home side from deliveries from Barry McNamee, both of which have been dealt with by the Dundalk defence.

  • 4'

    The first real catch of the evening for Peter Cherrie, a big ask for the goalkeeper who hasn't featured for the first team since Longford Town earlier this season.

  • 1'

    We are underway at Finn Park as Dundalk kick us off.

  • The teams are out on the pitch, Dundalk wearing the usual black and white attire and Finn Harps decked out in a purple kit, the third kit is a fundraising venture for Down Syndrome in the Donegal.

  • The conditions in Finn Park are perfect. The sun just setting over the ground and it's just been revealed that it has been two months since the last time Dundalk have tasted victory. Will tonight be the night or will Finn Harps beat the Lilywhites for the first time ever. Tonight a record will be broken either way.

  • On this day last year, Dundalk began their route to the Europa League group stages with a 1-0 win away to Inter-Club d'Escaldes in Andorra. David McMillan scored the only goal on 14 minutes with the Lilywhites finishing the game with 10 men after Andy Boyle was harshly sent off.

  • Andy Boyle plays his 250th game for Dundalk this evening. This evening is his 14th career match against Finn Harps, he has 9 wins, 3 draws and one defeat against the Donegal side. He also scored at Finn Park in a 7-0 win back in May 2016.

  • It’s the 230th start for Dundalk tonight for Peter Cherrie and his first since the 1-0 defeat to Sligo Rovers on May 7th. It’s his first outing under Vinny Perth since his return to the club with the Dundalk boss now picking three different keepers in the club’s last three games.

  • Dundalk make two changes from the side which lost away to Sligo Rovers on Tuesday with Peter Cherrie coming in in goal for Alessio Abibi and Sean Murray replacing Sami Ben Amar.

  • Good Evening from Final Whistle HQ, Ciaran Callan here bringing you through tonight's action of the FAI Cup match between Finn Harps and Dundalk FC.


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Damien MacGraithEmmett Dynan
Rob Clarke
Paul McLaughlin


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

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