UCD 1 - 0 Finn Harps
Finn Harps Premier survival hopes received a setback on Friday night as Ollie Horgan’s outfit lost to an under strength UCD side at the Belfield Bowl. An eighth minute Jason McClelland strike proved to be the only goal of the game between the bottom two sides. Harps had the chances to at least get a share of the spoils and missed three one-on-ones.
It was Danu Kinsella-Bishop who setup McClelland and his low shot from an acute angle squeezed into the far corner of Mark Anthony McGinley’s net. The Students had a great opportunity to double their advantage midway through the first half but Yoyo Mahdy could only find the side netting after a surging run from Richie O’Farrell had opened up the visitors defence.
The first decent Harps opening fell to Nathan Boyle but the striker was denied by a super Conor Kearns save. At the other end with five minutes to go to the break Mahdy forced McGinley into a really good stop. The visitors carved out another chance when Caolan McAleer put Raffaele Cretaro through but the ex-Sligo Rovers man saw hisstrike partially blocked allowing Kearns to take the ball with ease.
Just before the break Boyle got the end of a Jacob Borg pass but this time the Derry man shot wide. In the second half a McAleer volley was comfortably held by Kearns. Harps best attempt at an equaliser came on 70 minutes when sub Mark Timlin delivered a cross from the left which was headed downwards by Daniel O’Reilly whose but Kearns did well to get a hand to the ball and eventually the danger was cleared. UCD - Conor Kearns; Dan Tobin, Harry McEvoy, Evan Farrell, Luke Boore; Yoyo Mahdy, Paul Doyle, Jason McClelland, Mark Dignam; Richie O’Farrell; Danu Kinsella Bishop.
Finn Harps - Mark Anthony McGinley; Daniel O’Reilly, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd; Jacob Borg (Tony McNamee h-t), Gareth Harkin (Mikey Place 70 mins), Mark Coyle, Mark Russell; Raff Cretaro (Mark Timlin 63 mins); Caolan McAleer, Nathan Boyle. Subs not used: Peter Burke (Gk), Colm Deasy, Harry Ascroft, Niall Logue. Ref - Rob Rogers (Dublin)