Date Time League Season
7 August 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Finn Harps shock Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers have suffered a shock defeat at the hands of local rivals Finn Harps at the Showgrounds, putting a massive dent in their Premier Division title hopes.

A win would have seen them level with second placed St Pat’s with a game in hand, but the 1-0 loss tonight drifts them further wayward from the top duo.

Kosovar Sadiki’s header was the only strike of the game, sending Sligo to despair and desperation but Harps home with all three points.

Johnny Kenny’s first half endeavour, that was saved off the line by Ethan Boyle and Mark McGinley; was the closest either of the sides came to crossing the goal threshold in the first half, but it wasn’t for the want of trying.

Mostly comprising of set pieces from both camps, the intensity was very high and the footballing quality colossal.

Just one minute after the interval Sadiki broke the deadlock when he met an exceptional Karl O’Sullivan free kick to power the ball into the back of the net.

Game management ensued as the away side looked to retain their lead in the volatile rumbling of The Showgrounds under lights.

The wet and windy conditions not aiding the case, a bombardment of cards turned out in combination with the rising tensions. With seven players booked in total upon the final whistle, one of which included a second yellow and subsequent red sending Mark Coyle to the stands.

Harps were taxed six minutes added time for their ploys, and it came down to the wire as to whether a late equaliser was to come from The Bit O’Red.

Had it not been for a few last ditch saves by Mark McGinley it may well have come, but the keeper and his two centre backs (Sadiki and Dave Webster) are to be accoladed with the triumph as their display as a trio is what won it for the third from bottom team in the end.

Sligo now go back to the drawing board, having been knocked out of the FAI Cup, Europa Conference and league running, all in the space of a month.

  • Full time. Massive 3 points for Harps picked up there.

  • 94'

    Yellow for Banks for a tackle on Boyd

  • 93'

    HUGE save from McGinley. Still at 1-0 and it's getting very tense

  • 90'

    6 minutes added time announced

  • 88'

    Coyle is sent to the stands

  • 85'

    Hawkins off for Connolly

  • 84'

    McDonnell and Blaney on for Mahon and Morahan

  • 83'

    Boyd on Babatunde off

  • 80'

    Into the final 10 minutes. Presumably even more with the added time that is mounting

  • 73'

    Greg Bolger and Barry McNamee involved in a scuffle off the ball. Both given yellow

  • 69'

    Gibson off, DeVries on

  • 67'

    Parkes picks up a yellow card

  • 60'

    Big chance for Babatunde there as he heads at goal but it goes wayward. Mark Byrne on for Johnny Kenny

  • 58'

    Rainey in for O'Sullivan

  • 56'

    Karl O’Sullivan off injured

  • 53'

    High intensity underscoring this one in The Showgrounds. Harps playing into the rhetoric and happy to see Rovers becoming slightly desperate and they plead with the referee

  • 51'

    Kenny too goes into the book

  • 47'

    Dave Webster given a yellow card for an infringement

  • 46'

    O\'Sullivan free kick sees Harps go 1-0 up as Sadiki gets on the end of it!

  • 45'

    Big 45 coming here from both sides

  • 45'

    Set piece central at The Showgrounds so far from both sides. Nothing to break the deadlock just yet though at the break, 0-0.

  • 40'

    Multiple Sligo set pieces for Sligo but Harps are good for them so far. Five minutes until halftime

  • 37'

    Kenny through on goal has the option to play in Gibson but decides to shoot, skies over the bar. Game building in tension as some heated words are being thrown at the referee following tackles.

  • 29'

    Free kick for Harps almost makes it in had it not been for McGinty and Mahon

  • 26'

    Coyle goes for goal but Mahon gets in to block and it's out for a Harps corner.

  • 26'

    Coyle goes for goal but Mahon gets in to block and it's out for a Harps corner.

  • 21'

    Bolger picks out Figueira with a superb long ball and he goes to ground but referee says no penalty. Ball ends up with Kenny however and it took a MASSIVE save from McGinley to keep the game at 0-0. Off the line

  • 17'

    Rovers really pushing forward and showing their flair but Harps holding up well at the back thus far

  • 7'

    Chance for Kenny but the Donegal keeper gets a touch to it to keep it out. A slip allowed for the opportunity

  • 5'

    Sligo on top in the opening exchanges. Heavy wind and rain going to play a massive part in this fixture as it is bucketing down

  • Underway between Rovers and Harps!

  • The teams have arrived out onto the pitch and the Showgrounds are absolutely hopping. The fans are loud, proud and ready to go

  • This is your five minute warning to kick off!

  • The teams are in and the stage is set. There has been heavy rain in Sligo for about 24 hours but the pitch is in playable condition still for tonights game.

  • Back in Series 14 Finn Park played host to a 2-1 Rovers triumph that saw them top the table heading into the mid-season break. It's a different situation tonight however where all will be divulged at 7:45pm in The Showgrounds

  • Looking to set right a poor run of form recently the third placed Bit O’Red go in search of a win against the second from bottom Donegal outfit in a bid to save their season. Harps however have 20 points to their name to date, lying eight ahead of basement Longford Town and just two behind Waterford, making this match a critical and captivating occasion for both sides.

  • The best in the Northwest will be confirmed this evening at 7:45pm when Sligo Rovers face Finn Harps at The Showgrounds in the Airtricity League Premier Division. My name is Alanna Cunnane and I'll be bringing you updates here at Final

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender 94'
3Colm Horgan Defender
21John Mahon 17 Defender
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
6Greg Bolger Midfielder 73'
7Jordan Gibson 9 Forward
8Niall Morahan 14 Midfielder
10Walter Figueira Forward
24Johnny Kenny 12 Forward 51'
27Romeo Parkes Forward 67'
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
9Ryan DeVries 7 Forward
11Seamus Keogh Midfielder
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) 24 Midfielder
14Shane Blaney 8 Defender
18John Russell Midfielder
19Regan Donelon Defender
20Darren Collins Forward
17Adam McDonnell 21 Midfielder

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
3Jordan Mustoe Defender
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender 46'
5Dave Webster Defender 47'
7Karl O’Sullivan 22 Forward
11Barry McNamee Midfielder 73'
14Mark Coyle Midfielder
17Mark Russell Defender
24Ethan Boyle Defender
28Will Seymore Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward
Luke Rudden Forward
6Ryan Connolly Midfielder
8Johnny Dunleavy Defender
9Sean Boyd 45 Forward
19Adam Foley Forward
21Stephen Doherty Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey 7 Midfielder
23Joel Bradley-Walsh Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 14)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers

(Series 5)
1 - 0
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

(Series 10)
3 - 1
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

(Series 1)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers


The Showgrounds
The Showgrounds - Sligo Rovers F.C., Magheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg, Sligo, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, F91 P523, Ireland

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.