Finn Harps slump to the bottom with Bray Wanderers defeat

Connor McGinty

During the week I remember telling a friend how I always seem to find the positives regardless of the reality in front of me, however despite all the affection I may have for Finn Harps it’s very difficult to give praise after the performance against Bray.

A rather poor start for both but with a great season well in truly underway for Bray Wanderers and their acquisition from Shamrock Rover’s in Gary McCabe, the Bray winger scoring the first for Bray in what was going to be a long night for Finn Harps.

I may be contradicting my prior statement regarding positives however only just 3 minutes later a goalmouth scramble at the river end saw a shot from Killian Cantwell cleared off the line for a corner.

For a brief spell it looked as if a point or three was very much possible, my score draw prediction still in with a chance of being correct. With half an hour gone Barry Molloy slipped in Gareth Harkin who had a perfect chance to level it but the out-rushing Cherrie positioned brilliantly denied the equaliser.

A rather long week for myself and having had a brilliant Friday so far I was hopeful of a good result but my hopes were soon extinguished, Ryan Brennan given space to run freely sauntered up to the edge of the box before releasing a fine strike to double the lead with the help of the upright just before halftime.

Overturning a two-goal deficit in Tallaght before a 3-2 loss, Harps new how to comeback and give themselves a fresh breath of life and nearly did when Gareth Harkin had an opportunity only hitting the side netting.

Harps had a couple of chances, none too noticeable but with the game petering out it looked as if it would be a 4th straight defeat, Bray soon confirmed that fact with Aaron Green adding a third 10 minutes from time.

No goals in four straight games for the Ballybofey side and recalling an interview at the start of the season with Ollie Horgan, one particular moment stands out. “We can’t go for a long period without a win because it won’t be good enough this year.”

From a good start and at one point sitting in the top half of the table to slipping on down and with an injury stricken side that on the panel for the Bray game last night still contained an empty position on the bench gives an indication of the position the club are currently in with players.

A big game for both when Finn Harps travel to the tribesmen in what could be a potentially deciding game at Eamon Deacy park before an early week game that see’s Ollie Horgan’s side welcome St. Patrick’s Athletic to Finn Park.

As for Bray they look to add an exceptional start at home to Bohemians before travelling a short distance north to United Park.

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