Finn Harps' bid for a place in the EA Sports Cup quarter-final ended in disappointment at Eamonn Deasy Park on Monday night.
Galway United 0
Finn Harps 0
(AET, Galway win 4-2 on pens)
Former Finn Park favourite Ruairí Keating sunk the final dagger in Harps' hopes with Galway’s fourth penalty to seal the place in the last eight, 4-2 on spot-kicks.
Matthew Crossan and Tony McNamee were the only Harps scorers from the spot.
“When it goes to penalties it's a bit of a lottery,” said Ollie Horgan, the Harps manager who singled out his keeper Ciaran Gallagher for special mention.
“I thought Ciaran Gallagher was outstanding the whole way through the game and fair play to Kevin Horgan he came up trumps in the penalties,” Horgan said.
Galway United were the better side in the first half. Cunningham, twice in the opening minutes went close, but was denied by Gallagher.
And Gallagher also pulled off a top drawer save from Keating . Harps' best chance of the opening half fell to Tommy McMonagle. But his header from a Liam Flatley cross was parried by Galway keeper Tom Horgan.
Kevin McHugh and Ryan McConnell both went close for Harps in the second half but in the end it ended scoreless.
Harps actually finished the game with ten men when with all their subs used, they lost Keith Cowan to injury.
Galway United: K Horgan, C Rafferty, P Sinnott, S Folan, M Ludden, G Shanahan, E Foley (K Cantwell 103), A Byrne (R Connolly 84), C Melody (V Faherty 71), R Keating, P Cunningham.
Finn Harps: C Gallagher, R McConnell, K Cowan, T McMonagle, M Crossan, E Boyle, M Funston (R Curran 57), R Foy, L Flatley, M Rafter (T McNamee 65), K McHugh (G Harkin 84).