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Furlong nets fourth goal while on-loan Rovers striker O'Connor bags debut strike for Harps

There were three games played in the First Division on Friday night.

Finn Harps forward Michael O'Connor is on-loan from Shamrock Rovers.
Finn Harps forward Michael O'Connor is on-loan from Shamrock Rovers.
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SSE Airtricity League First Division

Finn Harps 1-1 Shelbourne

MICHAEL O’CONNOR’S first goal for Finn Harps was cancelled out by an equaliser from David O’Sullivan in Ballybofey on Friday night, as Shelbourne departed Donegal with their first point of the season.

Owen Heary’s side suffered an opening night defeat away to UCD at Belfield two weeks ago, but came away from Finn Park with their 2018 campaign up and running.

His side went behind after 16 minutes when on-loan Shamrock Rovers striker O’Connor pounced from close range after goalkeeper Dean Delany had produced a save from Mark Timlin.

O’Sullivan levelled proceedings before the half was out when the forward capitalised on a slip from Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher to slot into an empty net and deny the hosts a first win of the campaign.

UCD 1-1 Galway United

Danny Furlong scored his fourth goal in two games following his return to the League of Ireland from New Zealand on Friday night, but his opener was cancelled out by a Josh Collins strike just nine minutes later for UCD.

Furlong’s opener stung Collie O’Neill’s side early in the game, however Collins drew the sides level with a pinpoint header following a dangerous delivery into the box from Students’ captain Gary O’Neill.

The hosts now sit level on four points and also on goal difference with fellow promotion hopefuls Cobh Ramblers in third spot.

Cabinteely 0-1 Cobh Ramblers

Following a dramatic comeback which earned a 2-2 draw against Longford Town on the opening night of the season, Cobh Ramblers went one better on Friday to deliver their first win of the campaign and move into joint-second.

Stephen Henderson’s side left Stradbrook with all three points as Adam O’Sullivan’s goal after half an hour proved the difference against Pat Devlin’s young Cabinteely side.

Cabo suffered an opening night defeat at home to Damien Locke’s Wexford FC two weeks ago and have now racked up two home losses in succession, leaving them second from bottom in the First Division.

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