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Finn Harps make it 3 wins in a row as they beat Galway

Sean Houston scored the only goal of the game.

Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Finn Harps 1
Galway United 0

SEAN HOUSTON PROVED to be the Finn Harps match-winner with the only goal of the game against Galway United in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this evening.

Houston arrived late in the area to prod into the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the season following a centre from Josh Mailey after Tony McNamee and Dave Scully also played their part in the move.

It’s the Ballybofey side’s third win in succession following victories over Sligo Rovers and Longford Town, while Galway have now not won in five outings.

For a long time it looked as though there wouldn’t be a goal coming. The opening 45 minutes wasn’t much to write home about. Both goalkeepers were virtually spectators with scant few openings being created by either team.

Thomas McMonagle did make a fine recovering challenge to deny Padraic Cunningham what would’ve certainly been an opening goal on 32 minutes.

It came, however, after the Harps central defender had needlessly given up possession and Jose Garcia freed Vinny Faherty to create the chance in the first place.

Aside that it was keenly contested without so much to fill a reporter’s notepad. The home side had Paul Hegarty – the former Derry City caretaker and Harps manager – back on the sidelines as No2 to Ollie Horgan.

However, the second half opened brighter and although chances weren’t overly frequent, it was more of a spectacle. Twenty minutes from time the breakthrough finally arrived.

Galway came within a whisker of an equaliser just three minutes later when Colm Horgan smacked off the base of the post following a lay-off from Vinny Faherty.

Finn Harps: Ricard Brush; Damien McNulty, Keith Cowan, Thomas McMonagle, Josh Mailey; Adam Hanlon, Barry Molloy, Sean Houston, Tony McNamee (Raymond Foy 80); Ryan Curran (Ruairi Keating 69), Dave Scully (Kevin McHugh 87).
Galway United: Conor Winn; Killian Cantwell (Gary Shanahan 78), Paul Sinnott, Stephen Folan, Stephen Walsh; Colm Horgan, Jose Garcia, Ryan Connolly, Kevin Devaney; Padraic Cunningham (Enda Curran 75), Vinny Faherty.

Referee: Rob Rogers.

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