LEAGUE OF IRELAND

Another heavy defeat for Finn Harps as they lose out to Waterford

Mark Coyle sent off early on as Harps well beaten at the RSC

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Finn Harps v Waterford

It's six defeats on the bounce for Ollie Horgan's Finn Harps

Finn Harps’ Premier Division struggles continued at the RSC on Friday night when they suffered another defeat, this time to Waterford United.


Waterford United . . . 4

Finn Harps . . . 0

Harps played well at times, but the loss of Mark Coyle to a second yellow card with less than half an hour played was to prove costly.

Harps conceded just before half time and when Waterford doubled their lead midway through the second half, the writing was on the wall.

Aaron Drinan scored the two opening goals - the first coming on 40 minutes when he headed in past Ciaran Gallagher.

His second arrived on 66, taking advantage when Gallagher failed to hold Shane Duggan’s effort and Drinan tucked the ball home.

Duggan scored the third on 73, finishing high to the net after Scott Twine created the opening on the right. And in the dying moments, Dean Walsh scored a fourth to round off a miserable night for Ollie Horgan’s side.

Harps  have now lost six league games on the bounce. They remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division although the gap to UCD remains at two points after the Students lost out 3-1 at leaders Shamrock Rovers.

Harps didn’t get off to the best of starts at the RSC with Coyle and then Colm Deasy both yellow-carded in the opening minutes.

But it was the visitors who created the early chances with Caolan McAleer having a goalbound effort blocked by Damien Delaney before Niall Logue saw shot helped onto the post by Waterford keeper Matthew Conner.

That chance came on 25 minutes but Harps suffered a blow two minutes later when Coyle was dismissed following a second booking.

It was a big moment in the game. Waterford soon began to gain control and Gallagher made a brilliant save from a Rory Feely header on 36 minutes.

Feely then combined with Twine to set up Drinan for the opening goal - the striker heading in past Gallagher.

Harps almost got back on level terms eight minutes into the second half but O’Reilly was just over from a free-kick.

But when Drenan pounced to tuck home the second from close range on 66 minutes, Waterford looked on their way to the three points.

The third arrived on 73 from Duggan and Dean Walsh produced a cool finish to complete the scoring in the final minute.

Waterford Utd.: Matthew Connor, Rory Feely, Damien Delaney, Kevin Lynch (Dean Walsh 83), Shane Duggan, Maxim Kouogun, Karolis Chvedukas (Bastien Hery 69), JJ Lunney, Aaron Drinan, Scott Twine, Zack Elbouzedi (Izzy Akinadi 76).

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Colm Deasy, Daniel O’Reilly, Keith Cowan, Niall Logue, Sam Todd, John Kavanagh (Mark Russell 74), Caolan McAleer, Nathan Boyle (Jacob Borg 38), Raf Cretaro (Tony McNamee 79), Mark Coyle.

Referee: Graham Kelly.