Finn Harps take first half lead against Drogheda in play-off second leg

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FINN HARPS are still dreaming of a quickfire return to the SSE Airtrcity League Premier Division at half-time in tonight’s promotion play-off second leg.

Harps are 1-0 up at the break against Drogheda. United Following a 1-1 draw at United Park seven nights’ beforehand, it was Ollie Horgan’s team who took the early initiative with an 18thminute goal from John Kavanagh, who steered home a Nathan Boyle squared pass after Mark Timlin’s dart down the left.

Eleven minutes into the second leg, Mickey Place went on a fine individual run down the right-hand side but dragged his shot across the brows of the Drogheda goal, which was being fended by Paul Skinner.

Sean Brennan, the visitors’ midfielder, tried a shot from 25 yards on 16 minutes, only for Harps defender Sam Todd to get the block in. Gareth McCafferty then worked a decent position only to blaze over. That came right before Kavanagh’s opener.

McCafferty could only slide into the Harps side-netting three minutes before the interval after a tantalising ball across the six-yard box by Mark Doyle.

The teams are as follows:

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Jacob Borg, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd; John Kavanagh, Mark Coyle, Paddy McCourt, Mark Timlin, Ciaran Coll; Mickey Place, Nathan Boyle.

Drogheda United: Paul Skinner; Colm Deasy, Kevin Farragher, Luke Gallagher, Ciaran Kelly; Sean Brennan, Richie Purdy, William Hondermarck, Conor Kane; Mark Doyle, Gareth McCaffrey.

Referee: Derek Tomney.

MA in Journalism graduate from NUI Galway and BBS Marketing and NC in Online Marketing from LyIT, who has worked covering sport in Donegal since 2004. Part of Donegal Democrat who won McNamee awards in 2013 and 2015 for 'best provincial publication'. Reseacher for 'Jimmy's Winnin' Matches' documentary and Rory Kavanagh's autobiography 'Winning'

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