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Date: 8 p.m. June 3, 2016
Venue: Finn Park
Att: 1,671

Sean Houston 17' -
Scored: 17'


Ryan Curran 49' -
Scored: 49'


Sean Houston 71' -
Scored: 71'



League Report: Finn Harps 3 - 0 Sligo Rovers

Sat, Jun 04 2016

Credit: John Doyle

Finn Harps won for the first time in eight league games with a hard fought win over Sligo Rovers, with defending errors by the Bit O'Red leading to two of the goals, ending their run of two league wins on the bounce. Ryan Curren's sixth league goal of the season was sandwiched between a brace for Man of the Match Sean Houston.
 
Finn Harps boss Ollie Horgan made three changes to his side after their 1-1 draw away to Shamrock Rovers on Sunday, bringing in ex- Sligo netminder Richard Brush, Keith Cowan and Ryan Curran all of whom sat on the bench last week.
 
Sligo Rovers head honcho Dave Robinson made just the one change after their away victory over Galway United, Craig Roddan replacing Gavin Peers in the starting XI.
 
Sean Houston put the home side in front just over 15 minutes into the first half. One on one with Sligo 'keeper Micheal Schlingermann, the midfielder tucked away his shot neatly.
 
Sligo responded well to going a goal down, with Brush needing to be sharp to tip over a drive from distance by Gary Boylan.
 
The last notable action of the first half saw Mick Leahy go into the referee's book after a late challenge on Harps' striker Dave Scully.
 
The fans were treated to some half-time entertainment with the club hosting a Crossbar Challenge. Unfortunately, the woodwork was not shaken once by the end.
 
Sligo's early second half pressure was to no avail as Ryan Curran doubled the host's lead less than five minutes into the second half. It's only the second time this season that Finn Harps have scored twice at home, the other being the first game of the season versus Derry City.
 
Just under 15 minutes into the second half, Scully joined Leahy in the referee's book and was soon followed by Sligo's Raff Cretaro and Harps' Packie Mailey. Cretaro felt he was fouled in the penalty area and a scuffle broke out, ending with Robert Harvey brandishing a yellow card to both players.
 
Robinson looked to remedy Sligo's grim situation by bringing on the pacey Jordan Richards, but it was Harps who got the next and ultimately decisive goal in the game. Houston pounced for his second of the night after Schlingermann dropped a ball from a set-piece right at his feet. It was the first time Harps scored three in a single game this season.
 
Horgan was looking to increase his side's goal tally by adding some firepower in the form of veteran striker Kevin McHugh, but 3-0 would be the final score at Finn Park.
 
The Finn Harps boss admitted afterwards that the opening goal was crucial and that it could have been a different game if Sligo had netted first. Robinson, meanwhile, believed that it was the errors that ultimately cost his team, while adding on a different note that he was hoping to keep hold of Jordan Roberts and Jaanai Gordan. The pair are on loan from Notts County and West Ham respectively and both are due to return to their parent clubs on July 1st. 
 
Finn Harps: Richard Brush; Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Ethan Boyle; Gareth Harkin (Josh Mailey, 82), Sean Houston, Thomas McMonagle, Adam Hanlon (Michael Funston, 88); Dave Scully (Kevin McHugh, 75), Ryan Curran.
Subs not used: Ciaran Gallagher, Raymond Foy, Tony McNamee, Liam Flatley.
Booked: Dave Scully (57), Packie Mailey (63).
 
Sligo Rovers: Micheal Schlingermann; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Regan Donelon, Michael Leahy, John Russell ( Jordan Richards, 65); Craig Roddan, Raffaele Cretaro (Philip Roberts, 87), Jimmy Keohane, Liam Martin; Kieran Sadlier (Jaanai Gordon, 87), Gary Boylan.
Subs not used: Ciaran Nugent, Gary Armstrong, Mikey Place, Chris Lyons.
Booked: Mick Leahy (40), Raffaele  Cretaro (63), Liam Martin (72).
 
Referee: Robert Harvey.
Attendance: 1671.
ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Sean Houston (Finn Harps).
 
 


Finn Harps
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Keith Cowan
Defender
Gareth Harkin
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Defender
Packie Mailey
63Booked: 63'
Defender
Ethan Boyle
Midfielder
Ryan Curran
49Scored: 49'
Midfielder
Adam Hanlon
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Midfielder
Sean Houston
17Scored: 17'
71Scored: 71'
Midfielder
Thomas McMonagle
Midfielder
David Scully
57Booked: 57'
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Forward

Substitutes
Liam Flatley
Midfield
Raymond Foy
Midfield
Michael Funston
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Midfield
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Josh Mailey
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Defender
Kevin McHugh
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Forward
Tony McNamee
Midfield
Sligo Rovers
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Mick Leahy
Defender
40Booked: 40'
Regan Donelon
Defender
Gary Boylan
Defender
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling
Defender
Craig Roddan
Defender
Liam Martin
Midfielder
72Booked: 72'
Jimmy Keohane
Midfielder
John Russell
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Kieran Sadlier
Midfielder 87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward
63Booked: 63'
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'

Substitutes
Mikey Place
Midfield
Ciaran Nugent
Goalkeeper
Chris Lyons
Forward
Gary Armstrong
Forward
Jordan Richards
Midfield
65Subbed On: 65'
65'
Philip Roberts
Forward
87Subbed On: 87'
87'