Full-Time: Finn Harps 1-2 St Patrick’s Athletic
It was Cup night time at Finn Park and after wins over Leinster Senior League sides Kilbarrack Utd and Skerries City FC within the earlier two rounds, this Quarter-Remaining towards Cup favourites St.Patrick’s Athletic was all the time going to be a a lot larger problem for Harps regardless of having dwelling benefit.
Pats are at the moment third within the Premier League and beat Derry Metropolis on a penalty shootout on the Brandywell within the final spherical.
Nonetheless the Cup all the time throws up its share of surprises and the Finn Park devoted turned out in good numbers hoping for one more one tonight.
After loads of effort from each groups however little goalmouth motion within the opening twenty minutes, it was the guests who threatened first. Harps keeper Rory Kelly produced a double save to disclaim Jake Mulraney after which Anto Breslin. A minute later Chris Forrester let fly from exterior the field, Kelly saved once more, however solely simply.
Harps responded brilliantly and inside a few minutes have been forward, they broke from defence, Patrick Ferry despatched Sean O Donnell clear by means of and as Pat’s appealed in useless for offside the striker calmly slid the ball previous Keeper Dean Lyness to offer Harps the lead.
On the half-hour mark, it might have been 2-0, Ryan Flood and Caoimhin Porter mixed on the best and the latter’s piledriver pressured a superb save from Lyness.
The Pat’s keeper was in motion once more with one other tremendous save, as defender Joe Redmond‘s backwards header virtually crept into the underside nook, Sean O Donnell’s follow-up shot simply flew vast.
The guests utilized a little bit of strain on the Harps defence with out success and Harps have been all the time harmful going ahead. It remained 1-0 to Finn Harps at half-time and set us up for an thrilling second-half.
And it didn’t take lengthy for Pat’s to get stage, two minutes in a cross from the best was heading to the unmarked Jake Mulraney on the far submit and in an effort to get a problem in Seamas Keogh fouled the Pat’s man, Referee Rob Harvey pointed to the penalty spot and Chris Forrester confidently dispatched the ball previous Rory Kelly 1–1 and the guests proper again within the recreation.
The guests owned the ball for lengthy intervals within the second-half however created little when it comes to clear-cut probabilities whereas Harps launched B J Banda to see if he might produce one other memorable second at Finn Park.
Harps eased their was again into the sport and Ryan Flood and Stephen Doherty flashed photographs simply over the bar and previous the submit with keeper Lyness struggling to get to them.
Then within the 84th minute, a profitable aim for St.Patrick’s Ath steeped in controversy. Harps regarded to have gained a throw-in deep inside their very own half, nevertheless the linesman awarded it to Pats after taking a while to make up his thoughts.
Anto Breslin shortly took it to Thomas Lonergan and he fought his method into the field and blasted the ball to the far high nook of the web from a really acute angle.
Harps protested in useless, Dave Rodgers was yellow carded, a bottle was thrown on the linesman, the PA announcer warned the sport could be deserted if that or different unruly behaviour was repeated and St.Pats Ath held on to succeed in the final 4.
An excellent efficiency by Harps however sadly nothing to point out for it in disappointing circumstances in the long run.
Finn Harps: Rory Kelly, Caoimhin Porter ( Daniel Stokoe 60mins), Matthew Makinson, Stephen Doherty, Seamas Keogh, Tony McNamee, Jamie Watson, Ryan Flood, Max Hutchison ( Mac Johnston 85mins), Patrick Ferry ( B J Banda 60mins), Sean O Donnell.
St. Patrick’s Athletic: Dean Lyness, Anto Breslin, John-Allen McGrath, Joe Redmond; Jamie Lennon ( Alex Nolan 85mins),, Jason McClelland ( Ben Mc Cormack 70mins), Ryan McLaughlin, Adam Murphy ( Mark Doyle 70mins), Conor Carty ( Thomas Lonergan 16mins), Jake Mulraney, Chris Forrester.
Referee ; Robert Harv
Harps crushed by late disputed aim was final modified: September fifteenth, 2023 by