GARETH HARKIN was delighted to mark a landmark night for Finn Harps with a precious win.
Last night, Harps defeated Bray Wanderers 2-1 in Ballybofey – their first win in 11 games – as Harkin played his 100th game for the club.
The result ended a barren spell that had seen Harps go without a win since early July.
“It was massive,” Harkin told Donegal Sport Hub.
“We’ve put a lot of hard work in over the last week. In the second half against Galway, we got back to what we were doing at the start of the season.
“Sligo on Tuesday was a better performance and it was great to get three points here.
“It was badly needed. The three games in six days were starting to take a toll, but it was relief at the end. There was so much talk about how long since we won.
“It’s a step in the right direction.”
The Harps midfielder became the 66th player to play 100 games for the club and joined current team-mates Thomas McMonagle, Packie Mailey, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Gallagher, Ciaran Coll, Michael Funston and Kevin McHugh in the 100 Club.
Harkin insists that Harps never lost belief over the last three months.[adrotate group=”80″]
He said: “We have a good dressing room in there. There’s been a good buzz in training. It was just a mental thing more than anything, but we believe in ourselves and we try to do everything right.”
The win, secured thanks to a brace from Sean Houston, moves Harps eight points ahead of Wexford Youths in the battle for safety. Harps can guarantee their survival should they beat St Patrick’s Athletic on Tuesday night.
Harkin said: “We still have a lot to do. We’ll just focus on St Pat’s now and we’ll try and get safe as quick as we can.”
Listen to the full interview below …