Finn Harps boost chances of avoiding playoff after thrilling win over St Pat’s
Ryan Connolly secures the points from the penalty spot at a wet Ballybofey
Adam Foley celebrates scoring Finn Harps’ first goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division against St Patrick’s Athletic at Finn Park. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho
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Finn Harps notched up back-to-back league wins for the first time this season as they boosted their chances of avoiding the relegation playoff spot while at the same time denting St Patrick’s Athletic’s flickering European hopes in a thriller at a wet Finn Park in Ballybofey.
Harps, who led 2-0 inside 11 minutes only to be pegged back to 2-2, bagged the points thanks to a 73rd-minute penalty from Ryan Connolly.
This result moves Harps to within two points of Shelbourne, Derry City and also Pat’s.
In a cracking first half, Harps took the lead after just four minutes when Dubliner Adam Foley struck with his first goal for the Donegal club.
But within 60 seconds St Pat’s had pulled one back when Luke McNally rose to head home.
FINN HARPS: McGinley; McEleney (Delap, 83 mins), Sadiki, Folan; Webster, Connolly, Coyle (Cretaro, 67 mins), G Harkin, Russell; T McNamee (R Harkin, 67 mins); Foley (Todd, 79 mins).
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Clarke; Feely, McNally, Desmond, Griffin (McCormack, 87 mins); McClelland (King, 67 mins), Forrester, Lennon, Benson; Kelly, Gibson (Burns, 77 mins).
Referee: R Harvey (Dublin).