Harps draw pre-season fixture at champions Sligo

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FINN HARPS continued their unbeaten pre-season with a 1-1 draw in The Showgrounds against Sligo Rovers on Saturday night.

FINN HARPS continued their unbeaten pre-season with a 1-1 draw in The Showgrounds against Sligo Rovers on Saturday night.

Ross Gaynor’s penalty put Rovers in front in the 69th minute but the visitors equalised thanks to Sean McCarron’s header six minutes later to secure a draw.

Lee Lynch’s 12th minute shot took a deflection and into the arms of Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher while six minutes later Aaron Greene hammered a free-kick from the corner of the penalty area into the wall.

Kevin McHugh’s powerful shot brought the first save of the night as Gary Rogers made a smart save at the halfway point of the first period.

Evan McMillan came close to notching a first goal for Rovers on his home debut as he nodded Pascal Millien’s corner wide of the post from close range.

The first chance of the second half came in the 48th minute as Alan Keane’s cross was headed by Davoren towards goal but it failed to trouble the Harps goalkeeeper.

Michael Funston tested Rogers just prior to the hour mark with a decent string from range but the Rovers stopper was equal to his effort.

The lead goal came shortly afterwards as Greene was brought down in the area by a Harps defender and Gaynor dispatched the penalty confidently to finally make a breakthrough, putting the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Harps levelled with 15 minutes to go as Tommy McBride’s cross was headed home by McCarron.

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Evan McMillan (Jeff Henderson 67), Iarfthlaith Davoren (Liam Martin 73), Pascal Millien, Seamus Conneely (David Cawley 45), Lee Lynch (Raffaele Cretaro 67), Ryan Connolly, Ross Gaynor, Aaron Greene.

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Tommy Bonner, Matt Crossan, Tommy McMonagle, Damien McNulty, Aaron O’Hagan (Sean McCarron 67), Michael Funston (Matt Harkin 67), Sean McGowan, Tommy McBride, Kevin McHugh (Paul McVeigh 81), Ciaran Coll (Marc Brolly 22).