Derry City 3 - 0 Finn Harps
Finn Harps kept up their busy pre-season schedule with a short trip to Derry on Wednesday night. With match fitness being the key objective, Ollie Horgan will be pleased to see his squad come through unscathed after two matches in two days against Galway and Derry City.
Harps’ fans got their first glimpse of some more new signings as Shane McEleney started against his former club, while Harps new loan signing from Hibs, Kosovar Sadiki, also started at centre half. Goalkeeper Tom McDermott and Aidy Delap,himself on loan from Derry, were other new faces in the Harps lineup.
Derry opened the scoring with just a few minutes played, a strike from long range impressively saved by McDermott before a Derry trialist nodded in the rebound.
Harps got a foothold in the game and played some nice controlled football in midfield, allowing Jamie Browne and Tony McNamee to have a run at the Derry defence.
Derry got their second on the stroke of half time when the same Trialist managed to slip through to score his second of the night. Harps protests of offsides fell on deaf ears and the deficit was doubled.
The third goal came just after the restart when Stephen Mallon finished off a team goal for Derry.
Despite the scoreline, Harps defended resolutely with impressive performances by McEleney and Sadiki, endearing themselves to the traveling Harps support.
A number of changes followed for Harps with more of the younger academy players getting a bit of valuable senior game time to continue their impressive development, the likes of Corey McBride and Patrick McGarvey impressive again in Harps colours.
A trip to UCD follows for Horgan and Harps this Friday night in Belfield as pre-season preparations continue.