10 Sep 2017
September 10, 2017
Finn Harps and Derry City played out an entertaining derby match on Saturday in the Curragh, Killygordon with Derry City coming from 2-0 down to snatch a draw in the final minutes of the game. The match was sponsored by Hickey, Clarke and Langan Insurance.
Harps dominated much of the early play and took the lead after just 4 minutes when Kelan Collier was released down the left, the winger powered his way into the box before unleashing a strike that gave John Matthews no chance in goal for Derry.
Harps doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Carlos O’Reilly’s glancing touch to an inswinging Jack Murphy free kick was enough to force the ball into the Derry net.
Harps had an excellent chance to add a third just minutes late when good hold up play from Luke Rudden allowed Jack Murphy to break through but he dragged his shot narrowly wide to the right.
The second half started with Derry City showing an increased urgency, though John Matthews was again called upon to make a wonderful save to push Adam McCaffrey’s goalbound shot wide.
Derry pulled a goal back just before the hour mark when a wayward kick eventually fell to Dominic Dunne who expertly curled it around Patrick McGarvey, in goal for Harps.
As the game wore on Derry pressed for an equaliser and were rewarded with 1 minute to go when Ronan McKinley’s free kick from wide on the left deceived everyone to end up in the back of the Harps net.
The result leaves both sides on 7 points so far this season with Harps’ next match against Mayo while Derry City entertain U15 Group 1 leaders Sligo Rovers.
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