|14 August 2021||7:30 pm||Premier Division||2021|
Finn Harps cruised to a 3-0 victory over Longford Town at Bishopsgate this evening in the League Of Ireland Premier Division.
A Michael McDonald own goal and a goal each from Ryan Rainey and Sean Boyd boosts Ollie Horgan’s sides survival hopes.
Longford Town started the game off well with the majority of the possession in the first ten minutes. Sadly for Daire Doyle’s side, that was as good as it got during the first half.
Just inside the first 15 minutes, Jordan Mustoe burst down the Finn Harps left wing and his low driven cross into the box hit Michael McDonnell on the leg before rolling past Lee Steacy and in for a cruel own goal.
Longford Town struggled to get back into the game after this and Babatunde Owolabi caused the Town defence some serious trouble with his pace and strength throughout the half.
Ten minutes before half time, Longford cleared an out swinging corner from the away side but only as far as Ryan Rainey who was about twenty yards out. Rainey hit a screamer of a volley right into the top corner leaving Steacy with no chance, to double Harps lead in the first period.
Longford Town started the second half on the front foot with Ollie Horgan’s side seeming happy to defend their two goal lead. Aodh Dervin found centre half Michael McDonnell in acres of space inside the Harp’s box but it was a case of right place , wrong man as McGinley saved comfortably from close range.
Finn Harps did threaten on the counter inside the first ten minutes of the second period .Substitute Adam Foley raced down the left wing and crossed the ball into the big on rushing danger man Babatunde Owolabi but the striker couldn’t keep his effort down and on target. Dylan Grimes' free kick from the right wing was met by Aaron O’Driscoll at the front post but his header was relatively timid and was gathered easily by McGinley.
With just under ten minutes to play, Finn Harps manager Horgan was sent off for dissent and watched the final moments from the stands. Horgan’s last decision on the sideline was to bring Sean Boyd into the action. His decision was justified just moments later when Boyd headed home from McNamee’s corner to seal all three points for the Donegal side.
|5. Michael McDonnell||14'|
|15'||6. Ryan Connolly|
|36'||22. Ryan Rainey|
|43'||28. Will Seymore|
|45'||22. Ryan Rainey|
|57'||45. Babatunde Owolabi|
|16. Aodh Dervin||59'|
|82'||1. Mark McGinley|
|83'||9. Sean Boyd|
|24. Callum Warfield||94'|
|City Calling Stadium, L50021, Mullolagher, Cloondara ED, Longford Municipal District, County Longford, Leinster, Ireland|