Bit O’ Red snatch crucial three points at Finn Park

In a match that can only be described as a relegation battle of two northern teams, it was the visitors who walked off the pitch with a smile on their face.

A lively start and if you came to the game thinking that it’d be any different, you would be immediately proved wrong.

Horgan’s Harps despite the man himself being side-lined, took the fight to the travelling team but the 16th minute a wonderful cross found former Galway man to put a diving header past a flat footed Gallagher.

The goal added wind to Sligo’s sail and saw them dominate the remainder of the first half in what was a lively affair but several counter attacks didn’t materialise and the score read Sligo Rovers 1-0 Finn Harps at half-time.

Determined to make sure they didn’t drop into the relegation zone the twin towns club came out all guns a blaze and several chances had the home support on their feet, screaming their hearts out in hope of a point.

Former Celtic midfielder or as some call him the Derry Pele, Paddy McCourt put a challenge to the Sligo back line and on two occasions pressurised the backline, boasting the wealth of experience.

That wealth of experience and what was a moment of beauty, triggered wild celebrations underneath the shed roof. An 18 yard boxed more packed than Croke Park is on all Ireland day saw McCourt pick up the ball at the edge of the box and dazzle past 5 Sligo players before calmly slotting home an equaliser.
With Harps on the front foot it looked as if there could be another, with many questioning what direction this game could go in, however they had their answer in the 90th minute when Rhys McCabe was sent through and coolly stroked the ball past Gallagher, flaring wild celebrations from the travelling support.
With a trip to Tallaght proceeded by a home game against EA sports cup winners Dundalk, then rounded up by games against the Candystripes, Drogheda and a final day trip to Bohemians it’s surely going to be a tough finish.

With Waterford promoted and five games left to go, several teams are in danger, but one thing for sure is that “people said that in the league they had no chance at all.” And Finn Harps will be looking to yet again prove doubters wrong.

Five games make or break, we won’t stop until we’re safe.

Connor McGinty 

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