PO Final
Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 2, 2018
Venue: Markets Field
Att: 3,250 (est)
TV:

Scored: 45'
- Mark Timlin 45' + 1'

Scored: 80'
- Nathan Boyle 80'



Play-off Final Report: Limerick 0-2 Finn Harps (Harps win 3-0 on aggregate)

Fri, Nov 02 2018

Finn Harps players celebrate promotion back to the Premier Division Credit: Michael P Ryan

Tom Clancy reports from Markets Field

Finn Harps secured an immediate return to the Premier Division and relegated Limerick just as did they in 2015. The Donegal outfit were full value for their comprehensive victory with goals from Mark Timlin and Nathan Boyle enough to help them past a toothless Limerick. 

Mark Timlin’s stoppage time goal at the end of the first half gave Finn Harps a commanding position. 

The winger was set free by Mikey Place who dribbled at the heart of the Blues defence before laying the ball off to Timlin who made no mistake with his left foot. 

Limerick, had an earlier warning from the former Derry City attacker, who’d hit the post on 20 minutes. This time, he cut back onto his left and curled the ball low off the post. 

The hosts had rarely threatened Peter Burke in the Harps goal, with Killian Brouder, Connor Ellis and Danny Morrissey all wayward in a nervy opening period. 

The game had the backdrop of it also being Paddy McCourt’s final professional game. The Derry Pele hobbled off after just 15 minutes, and despite a lively opening, Limerick were unable to take advantage. 

Two early bookings for Mikey Place and John Kavanagh showed the intensity Ollie Horgan’s side brought, closing down Limerick early and perhaps Kavanagh lucky to escape with only a yellow for his reckless tackle on Shane Duggan. But those tackles coupled with the loss of McCourt seemed to galvanise the Donegal outfit. They gave Limerick little and were far more assured in possession. 

The opening minutes of the second period saw Tommy Barrett’s side play with more energy, but they failed to test Peter Burke enough. Danny Morrissey hit drew a fine save from the former Sunderland man. But the dominance of Sam Todd and Keith Cowan meant Limerick lived off scraps.

Place could have sealed the tie earlier, when he somehow skied an effort from three yards, after a great low cross. 

The tie was sealed in the 80thminute however when Nathan Boyle finished with class after being found with a through ball. Morrissey hit the bar three minutes later, as the Limerick fans turned on their own players. But at the other end, it was Finn Harps fans in full voice who celebrated a job well done. 

Limerick:Jack Brady; Shaun Kelly, Killian Cantwell, Kilian Brouder, Shane Tracy; Shane Duggan, Cían Coleman (Karl O’Sullivan 70), Barry Maguire (Darren Murphy 58), Billy Dennehy; Danny Morrissey, Connor Ellis (Will Fitzgerald 58). 
Subs not used:Tommy Holland (gk), Colm Walsh-O’Loughlen, Adam Foley, Colman Kennedy.

Booked:Kilian Brouder (46), Shane Duggan (61).

Finn Harps:Peter Burke; John Kavanagh, Jakob Bord, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd, Ciaran Coll; Paddy McCourt (Niall Logue 16), Gareth Harkin, Mark Timlin (Jesse Devers 84); Mikey Place, Nathan Boyle (John O’Flynn 88). 
Subs not used:Jamie Bell (gk), Niall McGinley, Olunatunmise Sobowale.

Booked:Mikey Place (5), John Kavanagh (10), Jakob Borg (50), Niall Logue (56), Gareth Harkin (79).

Attendance:3,250 (estimate)

Referee:Graham Kelly

Extratime.ie Man of the Match:Mark Timlin (Finn Harps)



Limerick
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Shane Tracy
Defender
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Killian Cantwell
Defender
Killian Brouder
46Booked: 46'
Defender
Barry Maguire
58'
58Subbed Off: 58'
Midfielder
Shane Duggan
61Booked: 61'
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder
Cian Coleman
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Midfielder
Danny Morrissey
Forward
Connor Ellis
58'
58Subbed Off: 58'
Forward

Substitutes
Karl O'Sullivan
70'
70Subbed On: 70'
Midfield
Darren Murphy
58'
58Subbed On: 58'
Midfield
Colman Kennedy
Defender
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Adam Foley
Forward
William Fitzgerald
58'
58Subbed On: 58'
Forward
Colm Walsh O'Loghlen
Forward
Finn Harps
Peter Burke
Goalkeeper
John Kavanagh
Defender
10Booked: 10'
Keith Cowan
Defender
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Jakup Borg
Defender
50Booked: 50'
Sam Todd
Defender
Mark Timlin
Midfielder
45Scored: 45'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Mikey Place
Midfielder
5Booked: 5'
Paddy McCourt
Midfielder 16'
16Subbed Off: 16'
Gareth Harkin
Midfielder
79Booked: 79'
Nathan Boyle
Forward
80Scored: 80'
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'

Substitutes
Tunmise Sobowale
Midfield
John O'Flynn
Forward
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Niall McGinley
Midfield
Niall Logue
Defender
16Subbed On: 16'
16'
56Booked: 56'
Aidan Friel
Midfield
Jesse Devers
Forward
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
Jamie Bell
Goalkeeper


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