Shelbourne without a win in six after Finn Harps draw
Shels end the game with 10 men after controversial Luke Byrne red card at Tolka
Shelbourne 1 Finn Harps 1
Barry McNamee’s first goal for Finn Harps salvaged a point at Tolka Park as Shelbourne were left fuming with the sending off of Luke Byrne.
Shelbourne are now without a league win in six since beating Harps in Ballybofey early last month.
The Donegal side left Drumcondra happy as the draw edges them a point ahead of Cork City at the foot of the table.
Shelbourne dominated from the start, fully deserving of their 33rd minute lead when a Georgie Poynton corner was headed home by Ciaran Kilduff.
Revitalised from the resumption, Harps levelled on 54 minutes.
Colin McCabe could only parry a stinging drive from Mark Russell leaving McNamee to side-foot home the loose ball.
Shelbourne were then left incensed by referee Sean Grant on 76 minutes when defender Byrne was shown a straight red card for what looked an innocuous nudge on Alexander Kolger just outside the area.
Shelbourne: McCabe; Poynton, D. Byrne, L. Byrne, O’Hanlon; Deegan, Quinn (O. Brennan, 74); Fernandes, R. Brennan (Sheppard, 62), Rooney (M. Byrne, 62); Kilduff (Dobbs, 74).
Finn Harps: McGinley; McEleney, Sadiki (Todd, 74), Folan; Webster, B. McNamee, Donnellan (G. Harkin, 58), Connolly (Cretaro, h-t), O’Sullivan; Russell (T. McNamee, 88), Kogler.
Referee: Sean Grant (Wexford).