Defensive errors costly for Harps U19s

St. Patrick’a Athletic 2-5 Finn Harps  

The Finn Harps U19s suffered a very disappointing defeat on Sunday against St Patrick’s Athletic in Blanchardstown. The concession of three soft first half goals left the visitors with a mountain to climb. And the 3-0 deficit going into the second half was compounded by another defensive error that effectively put the game beyond the reach of Joe Boyle’s side. Pat’s added a fifth before Harps did take the bad look of the margin of the defeat.

Sub Corey McBride latched onto a long clearance from goalkeeper Joe Boyle to unleash a terrific 25-yard shot that flew past the Pat’s keeper. McBride then set up Darragh Ellison for his second goal in successive games.  Manager Joe Boyle was very disappointed with the manner, especially in which the three first half goals were given away. “The three goals in the first half were sloppy. They were all long balls over the top that we didn’t deal with and Robinson scored from those mistakes. The fourth goal came after half-time. We had three or four chances to get the ball away but ended up in the back of the net. We defended poorly and can have no complaints about the result. Apart from that our keeper Joe Boyle didn’t have a serious save to make. We did keep going. Corey McBride and Darragh Ellison got us goals but we were 5-0 down at that stage. We have to dust ourselves down quickly because we have a game against Derry in the second round of the Enda McGuill Cup on Wednesday night at Finn Park” Boyle said.

That cup game at Finn Park will kick-off at 7.30. The Harps U19s are also at home next Saturday at Finn Park against Athlone Town (kick-off 2.00).  Joe Boyle’s side remain in the top four of the National League competition and have a game in hand on sides around them. Pat’s were seventh in the table going into the game and four points behind Harps. When the two sides met in the league earlier in the season it ended up a 1-1 draw at the Moss in Drumoghill in early March.

Finn Harps - Joe Boyle; Lee McLaughlin, Keelan McGill, Joel Bradley-Walsh, Darragh Ellison; Jack Doherty, Stephen Doherty, Niall McGinley; Ronan Gallagher, Gabby Aduaka, Pat Loughrey. Subs used: Corey McBride for Bradley-Walsh, Darren McElwaine for St

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