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Date: 1 p.m. Feb. 2, 2019
Venue: United Park
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Peno Scored: 17'
- Nathan Boyle 17'



Friendly Report: Drogheda United 0 - 1 Finn Harps

Sat, Feb 02 2019

Keith Cowan of Finn Harps in action against Drogheda United. Credit: Clare McCahill

A first-half Nathan Boyle penalty saw Finn Harps come away from United Park with a 1-0 friendly win over Drogheda United on Saturday afternoon.

Boyle slotted home a penalty midway through the first half after Conor Kane was adjudged to have fouled the Harps forward in the box.

Drogheda started brightly and saw a lot of the ball in the opening minutes, playing a ball over the Harps defence, with Thomas Byrne just failing to get on the end of it.

It was the visitors who took the lead on 17 minutes though with what would be their only shot on target of the game when Boyle converted from 12 yards.

Drogheda should have levelled a minute later as Wixted’s corner to the back post found Mark Hughes.

His volley was stopped at point blank range by Ciaran Gallagher before Chris Lyons’ rebound effort cannoned back off the post and Harps managed to clear.

Sean Brennan played a free kick into the feet of Lyons on 20 minutes. Lyons beat his defender and looked to curl the ball into the bottom corner, but a deflection took it out for a corner.

Mark Hughes of Drogheda United vies for the ball with Finn Harps' Mikey Place. Credit: Larry McQuillan

Drogheda continued to press for an equaliser and went close again before the half-hour mark.

After a stoppage in play due to an injury to Drogheda captain Sean Brennan, Luke Gallagher sent a low driven free kick narrowly wide of the bottom corner.

Caolan McAleer had the first chance of the second half for Harps, as he found space in midfield, drove forward but his effort never troubled Paul Skinner.

A Drogheda free kick minutes later was controlled on the edge of the box by Luke Gallagher, who laid the ball off to Doyle.

Doyle looked to bend the ball into the far corner but his effort didn’t dip enough to trouble Ciaran Gallagher in the Harps goal.

Wixted was next to have an attempt for Drogheda, as he was played in by Doyle but saw his effort take a deflection and be saved comfortably by Ciaran Gallagher.

Drogheda again pushed late on, as they won a number of corners, but couldn’t find an equaliser, with Luke Gallagher going closest with two headers.

Drogheda’s preparation continues on Tuesday as they face a Republic of Ireland under-19 side, while Harps face Athlone Town next Saturday.

Drogheda United: Paul Skinner; James Brown (Luke Heeney), Luke Gallagher, Luke McNally (Sean Trimble), Conor Kane; Mark Hughes, Sean Brennan (C) (Cian Kavanagh); Adam Wixted (Janabi Amour), Thomas Byrne (Eoin McPhillips), Mark Doyle (Jordan Adeyemo); Chris Lyons.

Unused Subs: Luca Gratzer (gk).

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Michael Gallagher (Tony McNamee), Keith Cowan, Sam Todd (Darragh Ellison), Daniel O’Reilly, Gareth Harkin; Niall McGinley (Stephen Doherty), Mark Coyle (Liam Walsh), Sam Verdon (Ryan Finn), Caolan McAleer (Raf Cretaro); Nathan Boyle (Mikey Place).

Unused Subs: Jamie Bell (gk).

Attendance: 100 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Thomas Byrne (Drogheda United).



Drogheda United
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Luke McNally
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
James Brown
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Defender
Mark Hughes
Midfielder
Luke Gallagher
Midfielder
Sean Brennan
29'
29Subbed Off: 29'
Midfielder
Chris Lyons
Forward
Mark Doyle
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Forward
Thomas Byrne
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Forward
Adam Wixted
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Forward

Substitutes
Eoin McPhillips
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Midfield
Cian Kavanagh
29'
29Subbed On: 29'
Midfield
Luke Heeney
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Forward
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
Janabi Amour
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Unknown
Jordan Adeyemo
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Midfield
Sean Trimble
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Defender
Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Keith Cowan
Defender
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Sam Todd
Defender 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Mark Coyle
Midfielder
53Booked: 53'
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Michael Gallagher
Midfielder 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Gareth Harkin
Midfielder
Caolan McAleer
Midfielder 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Niall McGinley
Midfielder 55'
55Subbed Off: 55'
Nathan Boyle
Forward
17Peno: 17'
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Sam Verdon
Forward
40Booked: 40'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'

Substitutes
Jamie Bell
Goalkeeper
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
Stephen Doherty
Midfield
55Subbed On: 55'
55'
Daragh Elison
Defender
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Ryan Finn
Midfield
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Tony McNamee
Midfield
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Liam Walsh
Forward
76Subbed On: 76'
76'


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