Full-Time at Finn Park: Finn Harps 0-0 Bray Wanderers
Finn Harps made seven modifications to the group that misplaced closely in Waterford final week, together with 5 gamers making their debut for the membership and with Stephen Doherty and Patrick Ferry making their first look this season following their return from the membership.
Daniel Stokoe, Jamie Watson, Max Hutchison, Matthew Makinson and Semi Scott Wara making their first ever appearances for the membership.
Added to this was BJ Banda’s included among the many substitutes, it was a really new trying Harps squad that took the pitch.
The guests had the higher of the opening exchanges and nearly took the lead within the third minute, Harps Ryan Flood heading off his goal-line from Ben Feeney’s free header from a nook. 4 minutes later Max Murphy let fly from 25 yards, Tim Hiemer doing properly to show his shot across the publish.
Harps lastly settled and commenced to place just a few passes collectively and on nineteen minutes had a fantastic likelihood to seize the lead. An alert Patrick Ferry pounced on some hesitation within the Bray defence and despatched Sean O Donnell racing by way of, with Ferry racing into a fantastic central place O Donnell determined to tackle the shot and an advancing Stephen McGuinness blocked his effort.
Six minutes later Harps went shut once more, Matthew Makinson heading simply over from Ryan Flood’s harmful nook. Dave Rodgers new-look group have been trying the higher aspect as we took a water break on the half-hour.
Sean O Donnell’s tempo continued to bother the guests’ protection however the subsequent greatest likelihood fell to the guests, one other nook from the best inflicting issues and Tim Hiemer did properly to once more deny Ben Feeney near the goal-line.
It remained scoreless at half-time.
Ryan Flood let fly with one in every of his specials within the forty ninth minute, his shot beat keeper McGuinness however crashed off the crossbar, a let-off for Bray.
They responded nearly instantly, when a nook was solely cleared so far as Dane Massey simply contained in the field and his cracking shot was pushed away by keeper Hiemer from beneath his crossbar.
Harps then launched BJ Banda for an additional debut, may he break the impasse?
He nearly did 4 minutes later,a defensive mistake despatched him racing by way of, he had Patrick Ferry in help however took on the shot himself which was brilliantly saved once more by Stephen McGuinness to disclaim him . 4 minutes later Banda turned supplier, beating a defender on the left aspect and swinging in a brilliant cross that simply eluded Ferry and flew previous the far publish , one other Bray let-off and Banda trying very harmful.
Each groups huffed and puffed within the closing twenty minutes with play swinging from one finish to the opposite however solely free-kicks and corners offering each with their greatest alternatives of scoring.
Given the variety of newcomers within the Harps group a draw was most likely an honest sufficient outcome nevertheless it’s nonetheless one other dwelling sport with no win.
The squad definitely seems to be stronger however outcomes want to enhance subsequent week.
Harps Finn Harps ; Tim Hiemer , Semi Scott Wara , Daithi McCallion , Matthew Makinson , Jamie Watson , Max Hutchison ( Caoimhin Porter 83mins) , Daniel Stokoe ( Noe Baba 73mins), Ryan Flood, Stephen Doherty , Patrick Ferry ( Aaron McLaughlin 83mins), Sean O Donnell ( BJ Banda 55mins),
Bray Wanderers: Stephen McGuinness , Max Murphy , Jake Hudson , Dane Massey , Len O Sullivan, Harry Groome ( Gerard Shortt 82mins) , Conor Crowley , Ben Feeney , Chris Lyons ( Callum Thompson 68mins), Darren Craven , Nader Butcher. Referee ; Robert Dowling.
New look Finn Harps held by Bray was final modified: July seventh, 2023 by