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Harps lose again to Bohs

Bohemians 5-3 Finn Harps Match Sponsored by the Finn Harps Supporters Club Dublin Branch

For the third time this season Finn Harps suffered defeat at the hands of Bohemians and it was a result that most disappointed manager Ollie Horgan from a defensive perspective. Horgan felt that four of the five goals conceded on Friday night at Dalymount Park could have been avoided. Harps also ended up with 10 players for the second game in a row after Caolan McAleer was sent-off by referee Graham Kelly following two yellow cards.

The visitors twice came back to draw level twice but a 50th minute deflected Danny Mandroiu free-kick appeared to be a turning point in the match as Bohs went in front again and then went 4-2 up courtesy of Ryan Swan with his second of the game. McAleer was then dismissed before Keith Ward potted a fifth goal for Keith Long’s side. Daniel O’Reilly superb free-kick gave a Harps a late consolation goal. There was a remarkable start to the game as Kevin Devaney put Bohemians in front in the first minute. But Horgan’s outfit hit back quickly when central defender Niall Logue swept home a rebound after O’Reilly’s header from a Tony McNamee cross rebounded of the bar.

Bohs regained the lead on 27 minutes thanks to a Swan tap-in. However, just two minutes into the second half, the visitors were level for a second time when ref Kelly played an advantage, allowing Raf Cretaro to sweep a stringing right-foot shot across James Talbot and into the far corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Horgan says Harps will have to show a marked improvement defensively in order to have any chance of staying in the top flight. “We’ won’t be in the Premier Division next season if we keep giving away goals like we did to Bohs last night and indeed it was a bit similar against Derry in the league game the previous week at the Brandywell. Getting goals against Bohs at Dalymount has been a rarity for Finn Harps, yet we got three there now and still lost the game. We’ll get a look at it during the week and hopefully we can find a system to tighten things up at the back. The most important thing now for us is to prepare the best we can can for the Dundalk game at Finn Park on Saturday night. They are on a great run at the moment and won 4-0 last night against a Sligo team that beat Bohemians 2-1 at Dalymount last weekend” Horgan said.

Bohemians - James Talbot; Andy Lyons, James Finnerty, Aaron Barry, Paddy Kirk; Scott Allardice (Luke Wade-Slater 73), Conor Levingston; Keith Ward (Sam Byrne 81), Danny Mandroiu, Ryan Swan; Kevin Devaney (Ryan Graydon 79);.

Finn Harps - Peter Burke; Jacob Borg, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd (Gareth Harkin 60), Niall Logue, Daniel O’Reilly;  Caolan McAleer, Tony McNamee, Raff Cretaro (Stephen Doherty 75) Mikey Place (Mark Timlin 65), Sean Boyd. Not used: Mark Anthony McGinley (Gk), Liam Walsh, Colm Deasy, Mark Russell. Ref: Graham Kelly (Cork)