Harps hammer Cobh to make FAI Cup quarter-finals

Harps hammer Cobh to make FAI Cup quarter-finals
Finn Harps will meet Drogheda United in the quarter finals of the FAI Cup after they overcame Cobh Ramblers 4-0 at St Colman’s Park on Monday.

Finn Harps will meet Drogheda United in the quarter finals of the FAI Cup after they overcame Cobh Ramblers 4-0 at St Colman’s Park on Monday.

Cobh Ramblers 0

Finn Harps 4

A contentious Kevin McHugh penalty and further goals from Lee Toland, Paul McVeigh and Michael Funston sent the Ballybofey side into the last eight of the competition for the first time in 10 years.

Alan O’Flynn had a header saved by Ciaran Gallagher as Ramblers searched for the opening goal but it was the visitors who took the lead when Burns was controversially deemed to have felled McHugh in the box.

McHugh himself stepped up to send Shane Hallahan the wrong way from the spot and just four minutes later Harps doubled their advantage when Toland fired a free-kick into the bottom corner after a Brendán Frahill handball on the edge of the box.

The game was over as a contest in the 66th minute when Cobh went down to 10 after Frahill saw red for a second bookable offence.

Shortly after they were reduced to nine when Roy Kenny got a straight red for a poor tackle on James Doherty as the hosts lost their discipline.

McVeigh made it three with 10 minutes left when Gallagher punted a long ball downfield and the substitute easily slotted past Hallahan.

Funston scored a fourth in injury time when he was played in by Josh Mailey to complete Ramblers’ misery and seal his side’s progression to the last eight. Harps welcome Premier Division Drogheda on Friday, September 13.

Cobh Ramblers: Shane Hallahan; Brendan Frahill, Craig Burns, Brian Fitzgerald, John Meade; Alan O’Flynn (Andrew Bhandarkar 59), James Carson, Roy Kenny, Martin Deady; Davin O’Neill, Kynan Rocks.

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; James Doherty , Josh Mailey, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll; Michael Funston, Shaun McGowan, Mark Forker(Pat McCann 86), Lee Toland; Sean McCarron(Paul McVeigh 62), Kevin McHugh(Michéal Doherty 87).

Referee: Andrew Mullally.