Nathan Boyle - on the mark in Drogheda
Less than two weeks out from the start of the new SSE Airtricity Premier Division season, Finn Harps recorded another narrow pre-season friendly win in Drogheda on Satuday afternoon.
Drogheda United . . . 0
Finn Harps . . . 1
Nathan Boyle scored the winner from the penalty spot on 17 minutes.
It was another good run-out for Ollie Horgan’s new-look side against a Drogheda team who will be getting tired at the sight of Boyle. The Harps striker was on the mark in each of the play-off matches between the two sides back at the end of last season.
Full Time - Drogheda United 0-1 Finn Harps (Nathan Boyle pen 17').— Drogheda United F.C. (@DroghedaUnited) February 2, 2019
The Harps team on Saturday included Michael Gallagher at right back. The Letterkenny teenager has been included in a Republic of Ireland U19 panel for a training camp next Monday and Tuesday.
Horgan emptied the bench in the second half as Harps sought to add a second goal but it was not to be.
The hosts themselves had a couple of very good chances in the first half but they were unable to find a way past Ciaran Gallagher in the visiting goal.
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Gallagher, Sam Todd, Keith Cowan, Daniel O'Reilly; Mark Coyle, Caolan McAleer, Gareth Harkin, Niall McGinley; Nathan Boyle, Sam Verdon. Subs used: Mikey Place, Stephen Doherty, Raf Cretaro, Tony McNamee, Liam Walsh, Daragh Ellison, Ryan Finn. Not used: Jamie Bell (Gk).