Forker delighted to chip in on the scoresheet as Harps see off Salthill

Forker delighted to chip in on the scoresheet as Harps see off Salthill
Mark Forker scored his first two goals of the season on Friday night as his Finn Harps side saw off Salthill Devon at Finn Park.

Mark Forker scored his first two goals of the season on Friday night as his Finn Harps side saw off Salthill Devon at Finn Park.

The 15-year-old midfielder certainly showed an eye for goal on Friday night with two very well taken goals.

“I only had two in about 90 matches so I’m not known for my goals,” the Burtonport native said immediately after the match.

“Peter Hutton have given me the license with to bomb on and support Kevin McHugh, with Shaun McGowan holding.

“I’ve been getting in good positions. We need to score more as midfielders and take the pressure off Kevin. It’s not easy for him and he can’t score them all.

“In fairness, Michael Funston has got a few but you need centre midfield to chip in with a few. I’m just delighted with the two goals.”

Harps’ win means they’re still mathematically in the chase for promotion but would, in all reality, need to beat Waterford United on Friday night to maintain so.

“We’re still there,” Forker added. “We’ve a massive game with Waterford next week.

“It would create a great buzz. Every match is a cup final. We’ve Waterford and Mervue at home and we’re pinpointing them two matches.

“If we can win them, it’s a mad league, so hopefully. Our away form has let us down.

“If we have any ambitions of making the play-offs then we have to pick up more on the road. Last seven matches and it’s all to play for.”

Manager Hutton was praiseworthy of his team’s second half showing.

And although it was only Harps’ second win in 10, the victory over Salthill was a third successive home clean sheet.

Harps welcome Waterford on Friday and the Cobh Ramblers in the FAI Cup third round.

“It’s more about getting the points on the board come the business end of the season,” he said.

“We’re delighted to get the three points. Irrespective of performances, we need points.

“This was very much a must-win game for us to stay in touch with those above us. It gives everyone a real lift.

“We got our noses in front, were playing fairly well and creating chances. We didn’t capitalise on those chances and it’s still always on a knife edge at 1-0.

“Ciaran Gallagher kept us ahead with a few decent saves. Second-half, then, we were much better - we had more discipline, we held our shape. We could have won by a greater margin.”