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Curran penalty bags deserved three points for industrious Harps
Ollie Horgan’s side overcame Longford Town to claim their second win of the season.

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LONGFORD TOWN ARE the latest team to realise that visitors to Ballybofey will get nothing easy from Finn Harps.

Ollie Horgan’s team scored their second win of the season as Ryan Curran’s penalty, 12 minutes into the second half, handed them a useful, hard-earned win.

Curran slotted past Paul Skinner, the Longford goalkeeper, after Ethan Boyle had his heels clipped.

The goal was no more than Harps deserved after a lively opening to the second half.

Curran, Dave Scully and Keith Cowan went close before Adam Hanlon screwed badly wide when initially doing well to get into a good position.

When Boyle went to ground and referee Derek Tomney pointed to the spot, Curran, who netted in Harps’ opening-day win over Derry City, made no mistake from 12 yards.

Longford should have drawn level when Peter McGlynn squared for Kealon Dillon, but he fired wide from a glorious position on the edge of the Harps box while Hanlon was denied by Skinner after he connected with a cross by Kevin McHugh.

Longford’s Philip Gannon fired just over in the first minute while Richard Brush, the home goalkeeper, was out well to save from Josh O’Hanlon.

Match-winner Curran thought he had opened the scoring when he threaded past Skinner in the 11th minute after being played in by Tony McNamee, but Jamie Mulhall hooked off the goal-line.

FINN HARPS: Richard Brush; Damien McNulty, Packie Mailey, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll; Adam Hanlon, Ethan Boyle, Gareth Harkin, Dave Scully (Kevin McHugh 74); Tony McNamee (Raymond Foy 79); Ryan Curran (Michael Funston 86).

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LONGFORD TOWN: Paul Skinner; Mark Hughes, Noel Haverty, Daniel O’Reilly, Jamie Mulhall; Kealon Dillon (John McKeown 82), Philip Gannon, Peter McGlynn (Karl Chambers 69), Kaleem Simon; Josh O’Hanlon, David O’Sullivan.

REFEREE: Derek Tomney.

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