April 16, 2024

First-Half objectives by Stephen Doherty and Success Edogun (predominant pic), his third in three video games, set Finn Harps up for one more victory as they continue to be unbeaten. 

Finn Harps 2

Athlone City 0                                  

By Charlie Collins at Finn Park

The consequence leaves Darren Murphy’s fees in joint second place with Cork Metropolis as Treaty United retain high spot.

The guests arrived at Finn Park degree on 4 factors with Harps in joint second spot, however simply forward of them on purpose distinction.                                         

After a gap day 3-0 victory over Wexford Youths, the midlanders let a 1-3 lead over Cobh Ramblers slip by conceding two late objectives to share the factors in a 3-3 draw.                                                                                                                                                                                         So scoring objectives was not a difficulty for them and Harps knew they must be on their toes in defence to curtail them.                                                

The Finnsiders had proven resilience in each their comeback victory in Longford and a draw with Cork Metropolis final week and a victory right here would safe a wonderful begin to the season.                                                                                                                                              Each groups had been unchanged from final week with Harps nonetheless minus plenty of possible starters. The primary fifteen minutes had been uneventful with neither goalkeeper troubled however as we moved into the following quarter Harps hit the entrance. Max Hutchison gained possession and despatched Success Edogun away down the suitable, he drilled an excellent ball throughout the six yard line and Stephen Doherty arrived to hammer the ball previous Enda Minogue to place Harps within the lead.                                                

Within the twenty fifth minute Harps Captain Tony McNamee labored a brief throw -in with Jamie Watson however then pulled his shot large. Athlone had one other let-off three minutes later when Edogun’s cross was deflected by a defender previous the keeper and hit the within of the submit earlier than being scrambled clear.                                                             

The guests had been proving harmful from set items and lengthy throw-ins, however unable to hassle Tim Hiemer from open play as Harps arduous work off the ball made life tough for them to create any clear minimize probabilities.                                                         

And Harps made them pay once more simply earlier than half-time, Patrick Ferry was pulled down as he raced in direction of the penalty space. Tony McNamee flighted the ensuing free-kick in direction of the close to submit, Ferry made contact with the ball which then fell into the trail of Success Edogun and, for the third match in a row, he hammered low into the online.

Consequently, Finn Harps went in 2-0 up at half-time.         

The early phases of the second -half adopted an identical sample to the primary with neither crew creating a lot by way of clear-cut probabilities. Athlone City made three early modifications and had many of the possession, however Harps remained resilient in defence. Within the 66th minute the guests ought to have  pulled a purpose again when Amardo Akeem Oakley discovered substitute Dylan Gavin free on the six yard however he headed over when scoring regarded the straightforward possibility. Harps gave a debut to on mortgage defender Luke O’Brien within the seventieth minute because the strain for a purpose elevated on the guests.   And that scenario virtually grew to become worse when Tony McNamee’s wonderful nook was headed powerfully over the bar by Matthew Makinson with keeper Enda Minogue struggling to get to what was in all probability Harps solely try on purpose in a poor second half.

It didn’t matter as Harps continued to defend brilliantly and people two first-half objectives made it two wins and a draw of their opening three video games and 7 factors from a doable 9.                                                

Early days, however an excellent begin for Supervisor Darren Murphy and his squad.                           

Finn Harps: Tim-Oliver Heimer; Jamie Watson, Matthew Makinson, Noe Baba, Shane McMonagle; Max Hutchison, Stephen Doherty ( Luke O Brien 70mins), Tony McNamee, David Cawley; Patrick Ferry ( Mark Mbuli 85mins),  Success Edogun.                                                                                                               

Athlone City:  Enda Minogue; German Fuentes Rodriguez, Noah van Geenen ( Gideon Tetteh 60mins), Dylan Hand, Jarlath Jones ( Oisin Duffy 55mins), Armado Akeem Oakley, Carl Mujaguzi, Daniel McKenna (?Ruben Ferreira (85mins),  Jamal Ibrahim ( Dylan Gavin (55 minutes), Aaron Connolly ( Shane Forbes 85mins), Dean Ebbe.                   

Referee ; Daniel Murphy . 

Harps win once more to consolidate their good begin to season     was final modified: March 1st, 2024 by Workers Author