Finn Harps fell to their fourth defeat on the bounce yesterday as battling Shelbourne nicked all three points at Finn Park.
Harps’ first competitive home game in over 150 days began with promise as the visitors were reduced to 10 men early on after Karl Sheppard went in dangerously on Harps centre half Kosovar Sadiki.
However it was Reds who were buoyed by the dismissal and controlled most of the play. They made this control count on the half hour mark when an Alex O’Hanlon cross was nodded in by Ryan Brennan.
Harps pushed forward and could have levelled less than ten minutes later but Austrian forward Alexander Kogler failed to get enough power to take the ball past Colin McCabe in the Shelbourne goal.
The visitors almost doubled their advantage before the break as the ball was squared to an oncoming Aaron Dobbs only for Sam Todd to divert the ball out for a corner at the last second.
The second half saw Harps take control of the game but in miserable conditions failed to create many chances of note. Karl O’Sullivan went close with a left footed effort that was well stopped by McCabe.
Despite lacking a cutting edge in the final third, Harps almost drew level when a low cross was almost turned in by former defender Daniel O’Reilly. It was not to be for the home side and Shelbourne went home with a result they will be delighted with.
Finn Harps: Mark Anthony McGinley, Shane McEleney, Mark Russell (Gareth Harkin 61), Kosovar Sadiki, Sam Todd, Ruairi Harkin, Leo Donnellan (Tony McNamee 45), Mark Coyle (Jamie Browne 83), Ryan Connolly, Karl O'Sullivan, Alexander Kogler (Adrian Delap 46).
Subs not used: Patrick McGarvey, Stephen Doherty, David Webster.
Shelbourne: Colin McCabe ; Alex O'Hanlon, Aidan Friel, Luke Byrne, Daniel Byrne, Sean Quinn, Ryan Brennan (George Poynton 72), Karl Sheppard, Dayle Rooney (Daniel O'Reilly 87), Aaron Dobbs (Ciarán Kilduff 51).
Subs not used: Jaze Kabia, Alex Cetiner, Oscar Brennan, Jack Brady.