Harps well beaten by St. Pat's

Harps well beaten by St. Pat's

Finn Harps slumped to another heavy defeat when they lost to St. Patrick's Athletic in Tuesday night's rearranged Premier Division match at Richmond Park.

St. Patrick's Athletic 4

Finn Harps 0

The match was brought forward from the originial July 1st meeting to allow St. Pat's avoid a clash with their Europa League fixture that week.

They were missing a number of players on Tuesday night because of injury and suspension. However, they still had too much for a Harps team who shipped seven goals against Dundalk last Friday night.

Ollie Horgan shuffled his pack and brought Ethan Boyle in at right back with Damien McNulty partnering Packie Mailey in the center of defence and Keith Cowan dropping to the bench.

Boyle played well and was definitely the bright note on an otherwise disappointing night for the Donegal club.

Just as they did against the leaders Dundalk at Finn Park, Ollie Horgan's side conceded early on Tuesday night - Buncrana's Mark Timlin firing the Inchicore men in front after only nine minutes.

Harps responded with their first attack and Tony McNamee was unlucky to see his effort tipped round the post by Brendan Clarke.

Harps enjoyed some decent spells of possession in the first half but when they conceded again just before half time, they looked in big trouble.

Conan Byrne ran in from the right and beat Ciaran Gallagher to make it 2-0.

Timlin set up Billy Dennehy to score the third on 69 minutes.

The scoring was complete close to the end when Timlin got his second of the night, following good work by Jamie McGrath and substitute Dylan McGlade.

St. Patrick's Athletic: B Clarke, G O’Brien, R Feely, L Desmond, M Barker, S Verdon, G Kelly; C Byrne (D McGlade 65), B Dennehy (K Treacy 76), M Timlin; J McGrath

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Ethan Boyle, Ciaran Coll, Damien McNulty, Packie Mailey (Ryan McConnell 72), Barry Molloy, Adam Hanlon, Sean Houston, Tony McNamee (Kevin McHugh 62), Dave Scully (Michael Funston 72), Ryan Curran.

Referee: Ray Matthews.