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Finn Harps Frustrate Poor Limerick

Harry Coyne

A repeat of the 2015 Relegation/Promotion play-off saw Limerick host Finn Harps at The Marketsfield. A healthy crowd of 1100 turned out at the Marketsfield despite a 2 p.m kick off.

The game started at a really slow tempo, with Limerick stringing passes around the back but with nothing coming of it. Limerick had the first chance of the game. A Stephen Kenny cross into the box went in the direction of Rodrigo Tosi, but he was unable to connect with a header under pressure from Harps captain Ciaran Coll.

Finn Harps first opportunity came in the 25th minute. Limerick keeper Freddy Hall tried to dribble the ball out of his box. The keeper was tackled and the ball fell to Caolan McAleer who teed up Sean Houston who finished into the bottom corner to the shock of everyone in attendance.

The only other chance of the first half fell Limericks way. A counter-attack from Chris Mulhall, he layed it to Dean Clarke who dragged it back to Rodrigo Tosi, whose strike went wide of the target.

The game died out after halftime and it wasn’t until Martin Russell introduced Paul O’Conor and Ian Turner to the game. The latter of the two really added a spark to the game. Turner beat Gareth Harkin down the right flank. He floated a cross to the back post and Rodrigo Tosi as there to power a header past Ciaran Gallagher in the Harps net to equalise for the Shannonsiders.

Limerick continued to attack for the rest of the game but could not find any breakthrough. Harps rolled the bench and were playing with 7 at the back to hold out for the draw, to the frustration of the home crowd. A big chance fell Limericks way in the 93rd minute. A dangerous Limerick corner was floated on top of the keeper. Robbie Williams, who seemed to be having his jersey ripped off him, headed off the bar.

Neither side created anything after this and Finn Harps came away from the Marketsfield with a crucial point in their hopes off staying up this season.

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