Finn Harps 1-2 Derry City
Finn Harps made their exit from EA Sports Cup on Bank Holiday Mondy evening in Ballybofey after local rivals Derry City came back from a goal down to secure their spot in the third round draw. Skipper Ciaran Coll put Harps in front on 11 minutes after the chance was setup by Mark Timlin. Coll’s finish went in off a post.
In form Aaron McEneff had Derry level before the half hour thanks to a penalty awarded after he was deemed to have been fouled by Mark Hannon.
Manager Ollie Horgan who made a number of personnel changes for the cup clash would have been happy with the first half performance on a bitterly cold evening. Despite difficult playing conditions due to the rain it Derry sub Rory Patterson who scored what proved to be the winner on 63 minutes.
The veteran striker produced a clinical finish following a cross from Ronan Curtis. The visitors were the better side in the second half. Finn Harps – Peter Burke; Aidan Friel, Sam Todd, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll, Jesse Devers, Tommy McBride, Mark Timlin (Lee Toland 57), Mark Coyle (Adam Duffy 69), Mark Hannon, Michael O’Connor (John O’Flynn h-t). Not used: Ciaran Gallagher (Gk), Dylan McCroary, Ryan Finn, Gareth Doherty
Derry City – Gerard Doherty; Conor McDermott, Aaron McEneff, Rory Hale, Ronan Curtis, Eoin Toal, Darren Cole, Ronan Hale (Jamie McDonagh 81), David Hopkirk (Rory Patterson 58), Jack Doyle (Ben Doherty 78), Nicky Low. Ref: John McLaughlin.
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