U17 goalscorers Jamie Doherty, Gabriel Aduaka and Steven McFadden
Wins for Harps 19s and 17s
There were wins for the two Finn Harps underage sides on Saturday. The U19s are through to the Enda McGuill Cup semi-finals after a 3-2 away win over Dundalk while in the Elite Section of the Northern League the U17s defeated Monaghan/Cavan.
Semi-final spot for 19s
Dundalk 1-2 Finn Harps U19s
The Harps U19s had to be at the top of their game to defeat Dundalk 2-1 away in the Enda McGuill Cup quarter-final o Saturday. Just four points were separating the two sides in the league with Harps third in the table and their hosts fourth. Keeper Joe Boyle made a super penalty save when his side was Harps 2-1 in front in the second half. Jamie Browne and Zach Gorman scored for the visitors in the first half before Dundalk pulled one back to make it a very interesting finale.
Harps now have home advantage for the semi-final against St Patrick’s Athletic.
Saturday’s victory over Dundalk in Oriel Park on means the Donegal club are the only side in the country to have cup semi-finalists at both U17 and U19 level.
The odds seemed stacked against Joe Boyle’s charges as they approached the match with eight members of their regular squad unavailable but a great displat means they will face now fact St. Pat’s in the semi-final at Finn Park on the week of August 6th-9th.
Former Sion striker Jamie Browne continued his rich vein of form when he put Harps one up after just five minutes for a Harps side that displayed a fluid and determined approach in the first half creating several chances. This enterprising attitude reaped further dividends when Letterkenny man Zach Gorman put the visitors two up as Harps went into the break satisfied with an excellent first half performance.
Dundalk, however, were determined to bring themselves back into the match and reduced the arrears with a well taken goal and Harps resolve was to be tested. Despite creating several chances Harps couldn’t restore their two-goal advantage and looked to have paid the price when Dundalk were awarded a penalty. Former Cappry Rovers 'keeper Joe Boyle, a replacement for usual netminder the injured Jamie Bell, was to be the hero of the hour with a brilliant save from the spot kick to maintain Harps slender lead.
Despite not taking advantage of further opportunities to add to the scoreline the much changed Harps side had the composure to see the game out and progress to what should be a great game against league leaders St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Finn Harps: Boyle, Gallagher, Loughrey, Diver, Finn, Doherty, Lee- Bogan, McElwaine, Browne, McAteer, Gorman Sub: Brendan Barr
U17s on course for knockout stages
Monaghan/Cavan 2-3 Finn Harps U17s
Fresh from their quarter final victory over Drogheda Utd in the Mark Farren Cup on Tuesday Finn Harps U17s secured a valuable three points following a victory over Monaghan Cavan on Saturday. Goals from Jamie Doherty, Gabriel Aduaka and Steven McFadden ensured Declan Boyle’s squad remains on track for qualification to play-off stage of u17 league. Harps U17S have been drawn away to Bray Wanderers in the semi-final of the Mark Farren Cup to be played on Monday August 6th.
On Saturday at Gortakeegan Harps went 1-0 down against behind against Monaghan-Cavan but Stephen McFadden popped up with an equaliser before fellow Gweedore lad Jamie Doherty put the visitors ahead just before the break. Gabby Aduaka got the third before the home team scored a late goal.
Second defeat for Harps 15s
The Finn Harps U15s suffered their second league defeat of the season today losing 4-0 to
Bohemians at Dalymount. Kevin McHugh’s boys were 2-0 down at the break before the hosts added a third from the penalty spot and there was also a late goal to round of an excellent win for a fine Bohs outfit.
Despite the defeat the Harps 15s had already accumulated enough points to secure qualification for the knockout stages of the competition.