Date Time League Season
24 May 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Two quick goals helps Harps Finn’d win

Two goals in quick succession meant that Finn Harps came back after conceding early to Waterford at the Regional Sports Centre tonight.

A penalty from Barry McNamee in the 75th minute drew the away side level. Substitute Adam Foley put his side ahead less than a minute later and secured the three points for Ollie Horgan’s men.

Waterford got off to a great start, taking the lead through left-back Jamie Mascoll. A great pass saw Mascoll get in behind the Waterford defence and place the ball to the right of Harps ‘keeper, Mark McGinley.

It was clear as soon as they went behind that the visitors were intent on getting back into the game. Their pressing of the Waterford team was very aggressive and maybe a bit too much at times as they gave away a number of fouls in the opening 30 minutes.

The home side dominated possession for the majority of the first half but Finn Harps managed to take control after around forty minutes and create a number of chances to draw level.

Harps striker Babatunde Owolabi had a number of chances that he could not get past Waterford ‘keeper Brian Murphy, who made some exceptional saves to deny the striker.

Going into half time, the away side looked the most likely to score next and this followed on into the second period of the game.

Sean Boyd had an effort spectacularly saved by Murphy in the 61st minute and Ethan Boyle came close with a header at the back post that went over the bar.

Waterford finally collapsed under the pressure when they gave away a penalty in the 74th minute that was dispatched by McNamee. A second was added by Foley and that secured the win for the Ballybofey club.

Marc Bircham will be disappointed that his side could not hold on but he will be happy with the spirited performance that his side put in defensively. 

For Finn Harps, Ollie Horgan will undoubtedly be delighted that his side could come back after conceding so early. He will be expecting his side to build on this victory.


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans Defender
5Josh Collins Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
10Cian Kavanagh 20 Forward
11James Waite Midfielder 46'
12John Martin Forward
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
15Jamie Mascoll Defender 3'
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
16Katlego Mashigo Midfielder
20Eric Molloy 10 Forward
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
25Sam Morrissey Midfielder
26Callum Stringer Midfielder
27Ivan Homoki Midfielder
31Liam Kervick Midfielder
34Cian Browne Midfielder

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender
8Johnny Dunleavy Defender
9Sean Boyd 19 Forward
11Barry McNamee 21 Midfielder 75'
14Mark Coyle 7 Midfielder
16Shane McEleney Defender 6'
17Mark Russell 10 Defender
24Ethan Boyle Defender
28Will Seymore Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi Forward
25Patrick McGarvey Goalkeeper
6Ryan Connolly Midfielder
7Karl O’Sullivan 14 Forward 72'
10Mark Timlin 17 Midfielder
19Adam Foley 9 Forward 76'
20Conor Barry Midfielder
21Stephen Doherty 11 Midfielder
23Joel Bradley-Walsh Defender
26Tony McNamee Midfielder
  • Full Time: Waterford FC 1-2 Finn Harps

  • 91'

    Stephen Doherty on

  • 91'

    McNamee off

  • 85'

    Waterford have struggled for the last thirty minutes and Harps are showing their dominance

  • 76'

    Two in quick succession as Foley puts Harps ahead

  • 75'

    And he scores

  • 75'

    McNamee steps up

  • 74'

    PENALTY for Finn Harps

  • 72'

    O'Sullivan is booked after a minute on the pitch

  • 71'

    Replaced by Mark Timlin

  • 71'

    Russell off

  • 71'

    Replaced by Eric Molloy

  • 71'

    Kavanagh off

  • 65'

    Ethan Boyle has a wonderful chance at the back post, he looked certain to score but his header went over the bar

  • 62'

    Top scorer Foley on to replace him

  • 62'

    Boyd off

  • 61'

    Murphy with another cracking save from a Boyd shot that he tips wide

  • 55'

    The first ten minutes of the second period have been end to end with both sides trying to take control

  • 46'

    Finn Harps get the second half underway

  • Both sides are out on the pitch for the start of the second half

  • An exciting second half is on the way!

  • Waterford have looked good in possession but Finn Harps have fought their way back into and should be level

  • Half Time: Waterford FC 1-0 Finn Harps

  • 46'

    James Waite receives a yellow card

  • 42'

    Finn Harps are looking dangerous

  • 41'

    Once again it's Owolabi, he goes past a few Waterford players but sees his shot go wide

  • 40'

    It is Owolabi again who has a shot on target but it is straight at Murphy who parries away

  • 39'

    Owolabi has the ball in the net but it is disallowed as a foul was awarded

  • 37'

    Will Seymour has a great strike from outside the box that is deflected over for a Finn Harps corner

  • 35'

    He is back on his feet and looks ready to continue

  • 34'

    Barry McNamee is down after what seemed like a head collision

  • 29'

    Brian Murphy with a wonderful save from a Sean Boyd header

  • 18'

    Finn Harps second booking of the game goes to Mark Coyle

  • 14'

    Finn Harps have been very aggressive in their pressing and have given away a number of fouls early on

  • 11'

    Josh Collins latches onto a free kick that goes straight into McGinley's hands

  • 9'

    The falls to McNamee after a goalkeeping error but the midfielder cannot capitalise and blasts the ball over

  • 6'

    McEleney is booked for a professional foul

  • 3'

    The defender broke in behind the Finn Harps back line and slotted the ball into the net

  • 3'

    Jamie Mascoll puts the home side ahead early on

  • 1'

    We are underway at the RSC

  • Both sides have emerged on the pitch ahead of kick off

  • Finn Harps came out on top in the game between the two sides earlier this season and will look to repeat that performance tonight

  • The sun is shining in Waterford and the conditions look ideal for a football match

  • Finn Harps are without David Webster after his suspension in their defeat to Drogheda on Friday. Top scorer Adam Foley also drops to the bench

  • For Waterford one change is made from their loss to Derry on Friday, Cian Kavanagh comes in to replace Eric Molloy

  • The starting line-ups for both sides are in

  • The Regional Sports Centre in Waterford is the venue for tonight's game

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tie between Waterford FC and Finn Harps

Past Meetings

(Series 4)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Waterford

(Series 18)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Waterford

(Series 9)
2 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Finn Harps

1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC v Waterford FC

0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford FC v Finn Harps FC

3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC v Waterford FC

4 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford FC v Finn Harps FC


Regional Sports Centre
Waterford Regional Sports Centre, Inner Ring Road, Kilbarry, Waterford, County Waterford, Munster, X91 KT29, Ireland

A journalist with an interest in sports. BA in Multimedia Journalism from the University Of Wolverhampton.