May 19, 2024

A dour encounter with few possibilities went the fallacious method for Finn Harps as they misplaced simply their second recreation of the season towards Athlone.

Athlone…1. Finn Harps…0

Harps introduced Tim Heimer and Ryan Rainey again into to the beginning lineup and gave Chris Letofa his first begin for this tough away fixture.

After a scrappy begin within the opening twenty minutes with the house crew having fun with a lot of the possession they took the lead in twenty third minute when Dean Ebbe bought on the tip of a harmful cross to move dwelling and put Athlone forward.

With defences on prime clear reduce possibilities have been exhausting to come back by with lengthy vary efforts the order of the day and neither goalkeeper was troubled.

Within the remaining minutes of the half Harps had an opportunity however the dwelling facet defended effectively to disclaim them and so they on the different finish Ryan Rainey made an important interception to maintain it at 1-0 to Athlone at half-time.

Noe Baba went shut for Harps early after within the second-half however Enda Minogue denied him with a effective save and shortly afterwards adopted that up by denying Success Edogun, coming rapidly off his line.

It remained a recreation of few possibilities regardless of Harps greatest efforts and the introduction of the younger brigade off the bench they simply couldn’t break down a resolute dwelling defence.

It completed 1-0 as Harps suffered solely their second defeat of the season.

They keep in second place within the desk, and the scoreless draw between third place UCD and leaders Cork Metropolis means they’re 4 behind Cork and three forward of UCD.

Athlone City: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes, Oisin Duffy, Jarlath Jones, Ruben Candal ( Gideon Tetteh 75mins), , Brian Torre ( Jamar Campion-Hinds 60mins), Daniel McKenna , Aaron Connolly, Carl Mujaguzi ( Divine Izekor 90mins), , Dean Ebbe ( Shane Forbes 90mins), Amardo Akeem Oakley ,

Finn Harps: Tim Heimer , Matthew Makinson, Nao Baba , Conor Tourish Jamie Watson ( Aaron McLaughlin 88mins), David Cawley, Ryan Rainey ( Patrick Ferry 75mins), Shane, McMonagle ( Sean O Donnell 60mins), Chris Lotefa ( Mark Mbuli 75mins), Tony McNamee ( Darragh Coyle 88mins) , Success Edogun, Referee ; Jason Moore.

Harps lose for simply second time as Athlone maintain on in dour encounter was final modified: April twelfth, 2024 by Workers Author