Brendan and Gareth Hickey of match sponsors Liverpool Supporters Club Donegal Branch present cheque to Harps players Harry Doherty, Johnny Bonnar and new signing Ibrahim Kieta

Finn Harps 2-1 Bohemians

Ollie Horgan’s mission to keep Finn Harps in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division stayed on track after coming from behind to defeat Bohemians 2-1 on Friday night in Ballybofey. The result keeps Harps eighth in the table.

Photos by Declan Kerr.

A clinical finish from Dinny Corcoran put the Dublin side in front on 28 minutes but the hosts hit back six minutes later thanks to a fine Eddie Dsane finish.

The winner came on 58 minutes courtesy of Sean Houston who latched onto a clever Paddy McCourt pass to slip the ball past Shane Supple. Harps started brightly and Packie Mailey possibly should have done better with a header after ghosting in behind the Bohs defence but could only head straight at Supple.

Joanne McGranaghan from matchball sponsors Sports Fitness Academy presents cheque to Finn Harps players Harry Doherty and Johnny Bonnar.

Houston then fired over from a promising position and on seven minutes Danny Morrissey just couldn’t get his head to a superb cross from Caolan McAleer.  Somewhat against the run of play the visitors took the lead on 28 minutes when Keith Ward’s delicate chip over the top was volleyed home by Corcoran from close range past Ciaran Gallagher who was making his 200th Harps appearance.

The hosts were back on level six minutes later when McAleer’s cross was only partially cleared to Dsane who took the ball on his chest before his fierce drive squeezed past Supple at his near post. It was the English man’s second goal in successive games and he came close to finding the net again during injury time. Paddy McCourt who had replaced the injured Morrissey setup Dsane who dragged his shot past the far post at the river end of the ground.

The Harps Team That Beat Bohs 2-1

But McCourt did setup what turned out to be the winning goal on 58 minutes. The ex-Celtic man spotted Houston unmarked inside the penalty area and the Letterkenny man applied the finish to make it 2-1. Harps were on the back foot for spells as Bohs pressed in search of an equalizer.

Gallagher denied Ian Morris with a good stop but the home side were threatening on the break with Houston disappointed not to have tested Supple while McAleer and Dsane continued to cause problems.

Harps new signing Ibrahim Kieta who made his Harps debut on Friday night

New signing Ibrahim Keita made his debut after only being cleared to play earlier in day. Horgan had to make a very late change to his starting 11 with Ethan Boyle having to withdraw and he was replaced by Barry Molloy.

Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Damien McNulty, Kilian Cantwell, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Caolan McAleer, Barry Molloy, Sean Houston, Gareth Harkin, Eddie Dsane (Ibrahim Keita 84); Danny Morrisey (Paddy McCourt 42). Not used: Harry Doherty (Gk), Jonny Bonner, Pascal Millien, Tommy McBride, Simon McGlynn

Paddy McCourt: Just ridiculously good at football

Bohemians – Shane Supple; Rob Cornwall, Daniel Byrne, Dan Casey, Lorcan Fitzgerald (Ishmail Akinade 75); George Poynton, Keith Ward, Philip Gannon, Faud Sule (Oscar Brennan 64), Ian Morris; Dinny Corcoran.

Ref: Derek Tomney

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