Finn Harps delivered their first dwelling victory in three months tonight following an exciting error strewn victory over third positioned Cobh Ramblers.
Finn Harps 4
Cobh Ramblers 3
By Charlie Collins
The Cork males arrived for this encounter on the again of a superb run of latest outcomes. Defensively that they had been very stable, conceding solely three objectives of their final 5 video games.
Harps welcomed again Tony McNamee to their squad, the Ramelton man starting his third spell at Finn Park and named captain on the evening. His inclusion was the one change from the staff that began final week within the scoreless draw with Bray Wanderers, changing Daniel Stokoe in midfield.
Harps began properly with some good possession and passing strikes however within the fifth minute and of their first assault of notice Cobh nearly took the lead as Liam Kervick’s curling shot was simply huge. 4 minutes later they did take the lead. Harps keeper, Tim Hiemer, appeared glued to the bottom as Cian Browne’s cross discovered Wilson Wawera free on the far publish and he headed dwelling from shut vary.
Harps responded properly to this early setback and went shut a minute later. Cobh keeper Lee Steacy firstly denied Patrick Ferry after which blocked Tony McNamee’s shut vary follow-up.
5 minutes later one other Harps probability. McNamee delivered a brilliant cross from the fitting however Sean O Donnell couldn’t information his header contained in the publish. To their credit score, Harps stored the stress on the guests regardless of these setbacks and had been lastly rewarded within the twenty first minute. Patrick Ferry was denied by some determined defending after O’Donnell set him up, however from the ensuing nook McNamee performed it into the trail of Ryan Flood (primary pic) who blasted the ball low into the underside nook to go away it 1-1.
Nonetheless, that didn’t final lengthy as Cobh shortly regained the lead. It was Wilson Wawera once more along with his second – the cheekiest of back-flicks previous Tim Hiemer following a cross from the fitting wing.
Harps response to this setback was optimistic and again they got here to get stage once more. Ryan Flood performed by way of an inviting cross in the direction of O’Donnell and as he bought a contact contained in the field, center-back Brendan Frahill made contact which floored him and Referee Alan Patchell didn’t hesitate as he pointed to the spot. Flood drilled the penalty low for his and Harps second and most entertaining first-half ended 2-2.
Each groups compelled a few corners within the early minutes of the restart however they didn’t produce something of notice. Nonetheless, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than we had one other objective and this time it was Harps who took the lead. McNamee pounced on some slack defending by Cobh. He performed in O’Donnell who’s shot was saved, however Patrick Ferry was alert and his shot discovered the web regardless of keeper Steacy’s greatest effort to disclaim him.
At 3-2, Harps had been forward for the primary time and scored 3 times at dwelling for the primary time this season additionally. However, the lead solely lasted ten minutes. After extra sloppy Harps defending, Wawera turned supplier, discovering Michael Walsh Rowe contained in the field and he beat Hiemer with an angled drive to make it 3-3 and anyone’s sport.
And the objectives stored coming. Within the seventieth minute, Max Hutchison did properly on the fitting facet and his cross was fumbled by Cobh keeper Steacy. O’Donnell was quickest to react, turning the ball in from shut vary to make it 4-3, their first 4 objective haul of the season. Cobh ought to have been stage once more within the 73rd minute however Liam Kervick pulled his shot huge from an awesome place in entrance of objective. There was no let-up on this cracking match as each units of gamers gave it their all within the rain however on a superb taking part in floor, a credit score to the grounds workers at Finn Park. The sample of all-out effort and play, swinging from finish to finish, continued proper to the end of this aggressive encounter with Harps taking a badly wanted three factors and this new group of gamers exhibiting they’re up for the challenges forward.
Finn Harps ; Tim Hiemer , Semi Scott Wara , Daithi McCallion , Matthew Makinson , Jamie Watson , Max Hutchison (Caoimhin Porter 76mins), , Tony McNamee ( Noe Baba 90mins), Ryan Flood, Stephen Doherty , Patrick Ferry ( BJ Banda 68mins) , Sean O Donnell ,
Cobh Ramblers: Lee Steacy; Michael McCarthy, Cian Browne, Brendan Frahill , Charlie Lyons ( Luke Desmond 85mins), , Wilson Waweru , Pierce Philips ( Matthew McKevitt 85mins), Michael Walsh Rowe , Dean Larkin ( Alex Byrne 75mins), Liam Kervick ( Luke Casey 75mins), Dale Holland .
Referee; Alan Patchell.
Harps win seven-goal spiller in slippery Finn Park was final modified: July fifteenth, 2023 by