Curran wonder-strike helps Finn Harps to victory

Horgan's side end campaign with win over Bohemians

Diarmaid Doherty


Diarmaid Doherty


Curran wonder-strike helps Finn Harps to victory

Ruairi Keating chases down a through ball during Friday night's game. Pic: Gary Foy.

Finn Harps rounded off their Premier Division season on a winning note with victory over Bohemians in Ballybofey on Friday night

Finn Harps 1

Bohemians 0

Neither side might have had anything to play for in this game, but the teams couldn’t be faulted for effort.

Indeed they served up an entertaining affair with plenty of goalmouth action over the 90 minutes.

For all those chances, it took just a single goal to decide this contest. Ryan Curran, scorer for Harps on the opening night of the season against Derry City, was on the mark again, firing to the net on the stroke of half time.

The goal, set up by Michael Funston’s clever pass, was one of the best at Finn Park this season. Curran’s turn and shot gave keeper Dean Delaney no chance - the ball rocketing into the top corner.

Harps had enjoyed a good period of control prior to the goal but it was the visitors who had the better chances in the first half. Defender, Derek Prendergast, almost headed the opener on 20 minutes but his effort from Lorcan Fitzgerald’s free was brilliantly saved by Richard Brush.

Mark Quigley also went close for Bohs but it was Harps who eventually broke the deadlock on 44 minutes with Curran's brilliant effort.

After half time, both teams continued to play some decent football. Ruairí Keating shot into the side netting when he should really have hit the target and Paddy Kavanagh and Quigley both had chances at the other end.

Keating was a surprise inclusion in the Harps team. He was back in the side after a recent injury in one of four changes made by manager Ollie Horgan.

Brush, in for Ciaran Gallagher in goal, had a fine game, and needed to make some important interventions as Bohs sought an equaliser as the game wore on.

The former Sligo man, who might well have been making his last appearance for Harps, got a touch to a late Quigley header, helping the ball onto the post, as Bohs went close again.

But Harps held out and substitute BJ Banda had a late effort saved by Delaney.

Young Daire O'Baoill made his senior debut, coming on as a late substitute as Harps ended their season with a deserved win.

FINN HARPS: Richard Brush, Ethan Boyle, Ciaran Coll. Tommy McMonagle, Packie Mailey, Barry Molloy (BJ Banda 81), Michael Funston (Dave Scully 75), Tony McNamee (Daire O'Baoill 88), Ryan Curran, Sean Houston, Ruairi Keating.

BOHEMIANS: Dean Delaney, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Derek Pendergast (Ian Morris 61), Dan Byrne, Roberto Lopes, Eoin Wearan, Keith Buckley (Dean Casey 81), Mark Quigley, Kurtis Byrne, Patrick Kavanagh.

REFEREE: John McLoughlin.