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Finn Harps U-19s have to settle for draw with St. Patrick's Athletic in opening game

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Finn Harps U-19s have to settle for draw with St. Patrick's Athletic in opening game

Joe Boyle

National U19 League

Despite performing very well over most of the match the Finn Harps U19s had to settle for a share of the spoils at the Moss in Drumoghill on Saturday afternoon against St. Patrick’s Athletic in their first Elite National League game of the new season.

Harps 19’s have to settle for a point

Finn Harps U19s 1-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

 Joe Boyle’s boys went 1-0 down after just 13 minutes and that’s the way it stayed until half-time. And it took to the 72nd minute for Harps to get a deserved equaliser courtesy of substitute Ronan Gallagher who had only been on the pitch a short time when they young striker found the back of the net.

Boyle was clearly disappointed that his side failed to bag the three points. “If we had won 2-1 or 3-1 it wouldn’t have flattered us. We were very unlucky to be a goal down at half-time because we had dominated a lot of the game. The boys started well but Pat’s went 1-0 up. It was. a good finish from Ken Kelly. Niall McGinley and Jamie Browne both had good chances and Michael Gallagher also had an opportunity but it stayed 1-0 till half-time.”

After a scrappy enough start to the second half, the Harps 19s took control with Pat Loughrey impressive down the left wing while right-back Gallagher and Browne down the same flank were causing the Pat’s defence plenty of worries. “We got the equaliser in the 72nd minute. A couple of balls had come in and Ronan Gallagher controlled one of them and finished well. Ronan did well as he only come on as a sub seven or eight minutes earlier. He made a difference and had a couple of other chances but it ended 1-1” Boyle said.

Most of the squad will be on duty tomorrow again when the Harps USL team takes on Kildrum Tigers a Knockalla Cup in St. Johnston. Then Boyle will take his U19s to the Midlands next Saturday for the second Northern Elite Group game against Athlone Town.

Finn Harps U19s:  Joe Boyle; Michael Gallagher, Keelin McGill, Kennan Diver, Daragh Ellison; Jack Doherty, Stephen Doherty, Niall McGinley; Jamie Browne, Gabby Aduaka, Pat Loughrey. Sub: Ronan Gallagher for S Doherty.