Just three games in and this already had potential to be a big game for both teams and their respective seasons.
An explosive start saw a Galway predominance in the first 5 minutes. Vinny Faherty found the net however only to be ruled out for offside and no sooner had this occurred protests were being made to referee Paul Tuite for a Galway penalty.
This early scare forced Harps to rethink their plans and with rapid McAleer causing danger down the right side Harps put the first five minutes behind them.
Paddy McCourt made good on his first start picking up a misplaced pass at the edge of box able to find Sean Houston who beat the stranded Conor Winn at his near post.
The Houston and McCourt partnership in midfield made for good viewing with both parties very much influencing the attacking and defensive side of play.
The woodwork came to the rescue in the 34th minute as Ronan Murray made his way past Gallagher taking it to the byline setting up Devaney who had a well placed pile driver cannoned off the post only to find the waiting Holohan but an ambitious acrobatic attempt ended in the hands of Harps number 1. Ciaran Gallagher.
An eventful first half alright with Harps going in the more momentum filled team but this changed drastically as Galway came out in the second half with the same attitude as they ended the first with: determined to get something out of this journey to Ballybofey.
Get something they did, Devaney who had brief spells with several northwest clubs made sure that the Maroon army came away with at least a point equalising practically from the restart.
Galway had fire in their belly and weren’t going to lie down but with tough conditions both sides settled for a point in an entertaining game of football with a point a piece seeming a fair result
Horgan mentioned how “you must win your fair share of home games to have any chance of staying in the division” and the fight and spirit amongst the home side was evident who seemed to have a great morale amongst them something in my opinion that is vital to maintain their premier division status as other seasons have shown.
On the opposite side of the dugout Keegan proclaimed his frustration ”hitting the post four times and trying to figure out how they aren’t coming away with three points” but was delighted with “an excellent second half with a lot of positives to be taken from tonight’s game with the real positive being our second half ticking a lot of boxes not having to go down the road with another poor second half performance.”
Speaking to one of the new recruits at Finn Park Eddie Dsane spoke of how he was “surprisingly gutted in a game we could have got three points in today. They had a few chances and so had we but we could of put the game away in the first half.”
Eddie Dsane is adapting to life in the League of Ireland quite well having played most recently with Longford Town feels his spell at the Ballybofey club with “help him develop as a player and with more than enough quality to stay up we feel we can do it.”
Performances of the former Fleetwood Town man are being talked about on the terrace with many impressed by the signing no-one knew about until he was named on the bench against Cork in the opening round.
With a good performance and a point to start the ball rolling Harps now travel to Inchicore on Monday night whilst the Shane Keegan’s side host Shamrock rovers who will be looking to bounce back after a 1-0 defeat by Derry.
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