FINN HARPS concluded their pre-season fixtures with a 2-0 win over Buncrana Hearts at a marshy Finn Park on Sunday afternoon.
Finn Harps 2
Buncrana Hearts 0
Kevin McHugh was on hand to score twice on the day and the thoughts of Harps manager Peter Hutton and director of football Felix Healy will now turn to their taxing opener in the Airtricity League Division One opener against odds-on favourites Limerick FC.
Blaine Curtis scored a double in a 2-2 draw against Cockhill Celtic on Friday night in Convoy, with former Harps trailist Garbhan Friel scoring a brace for the Inishowen side. After that game Healy, who had played a young team, suggested he would be going for more experience against Buncrana. Therefore, the team that started on Sunday in Ballybofey might be something similar to that at Jackman Park on Friday. The only notable absentee was Keith Cowan, who was at the Carling Cup final at Wembley, and his place was taken by Calvin Bradley.
Harps got the breakthrough when McHugh volleyed home after getting on the end of a Hugh Carlin centre. Right before half-time Curtis came within a whisker of adding to his recent good form when he rattled the post from a corner by Tommy McBride.
Just after half-time, McHugh did his best to double the advantage but he too was denied by the goalpost when set away by Aaron O’Hagan and with Shaun O’Donnell only to beat.
However, the Killea native was not to be denied and on 66 minutes, he sealed the deal. After Ciaran Coll surged out of left-back with the ball, Curtis and O’Hagan were involved in the build-up with McHugh firing a home a cracking effort.
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; James Doherty (Paul McVeigh 86), Thomas McMonagle, Calvin Bradley, Ciaran Coll; Hugh Carlin (Adam Clarke 66, Aaron O’Hagan (Barry O’Mahony 66), Tommy McBride, Stephen O’Donnell; Blain Curtis, Kevin McHugh (Darragh Healy 86).
Buncrana Hearts: Shaun O’Donnell; Mark Duffy, Kevin O’Loughlin, Danny
Doherty (Gary Duffy, half-time), James Quigley; Kieran McDaid (Darrach O’Connor 77), John O’Loughlin (Ben Holly 62), Liam McCarron,
Paul Brown (Ryan Varma 29); Darren Coyle (Jamie Coyle 68), Gerard McLaughlin.
Referee: Paul Duddy.