Finn Harps 1
St. Patrick’s Athletic 2
Buncrana’s Mark Timlin was among the goals as St. Patrick’s Athletic stole the points at Finn Park on Monday night.
It was cruel on Harps who played some quality football, especially in the second half.
They were the team on top after the break and Sean Houston and Ryan Curran both went close to giving them what would have been a deserved lead – Curran cracking a wonderful effort off the crossbar.
But St. Pat’s struck for the opener on 68 minutes, totally against the run of play.
A corner from the left seemed to be misjudged by Harps keeper Richard Brush and the ball went in off Packie Mailey.
Harps almost drew level when Damien McNulty’s goalbound header struck a defender on the line.
But St. Pat’s scored again on 76 when Timlin stole in behind the home defence and shot past Brush.
Michael Funston came off the bench to make his 300th appearance in the second half as Harps continued to force the issue.
Kevin McHugh scored a penalty on 90 minutes but despite several minutes of injury time, the home side couldn’t find a second.
Their manager Ollie Horgan was sent to the stands in the dying minutes following an incident on the touchline.
His team played well, but just fell short at the end of what was an absorbing second half.