Finn Harps continued their solid start to the U15 National League Final 8 section with a credible 2-2 draw with Shamrock Rovers. The visitors managed by Damien Duff were denied a win by a late Oran McGrath headed which sealed a point for Harps.
Shamrock Rovers settled into the game quickly and had the lions share of the possession in the opening stages of the match, however it was Harps who had the first real chance of the game when an enticing Luke McGlynn free kick caused problems though the Shamrock Rovers took command coming to gather.
At the other end Shamrock Rovers best chance fell to Sinclair Armstrong who powered his way through the Harps defence only to smash his right footed shot off the post and wide.
It was Harps who drew first blood with 5 minutes remaining in the first half when they were awarded a free kick after Caomhan Wheeler was fouled on the edge of the Shamrock Rovers box. Liam McGranaghan stepped up and drove a low shot which took a deflection off an outstretched leg which wrong-footed the Rovers goalkeeper.
Shamrock Rovers started the second half much like the first retaining possession though made the most of it getting the equaliser. A corner from the left wasn’t cleared by the Harps defence falling to James Harold who’s shot looped up over Paddy McGarvey and into the Harps net.
Shamrock Rovers took the lead inside the last 20 minutes of the game when Harold was released down the left the striker composed himself before shooting low and hard across McGarvey, nestling his shot in the corner of the goal.
That goal spurred Harps as they went in search of a reply, and with only a few minutes left in the half captain Oran McGrath popped up to power a header in from a perfectly delivered corner much to the delight of the home crowd.
Harps next focus is on back to back games with Limerick FC, with the Munster side travelling to Donegal on Saturday.
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