Finn Harps have picked up three valuable points after a 1-0 away to Waterford at the RSC.

This was Harps' first away win of the Premier Division campaign.

And, significantly, it brings them back level on points with UCD.

Harps are still bottom on goal difference, and have played two games more.

But this win is a major boost for the Ollie Horgan managed side.

Harps made a number of changes from the side that lost to UCD, with Mikey Place, Harry Ascroft and Mark Timlin all starting.

They had the better of the first half and Daniel O'Reilly went closest to scoring but he was denied by a fine save from Matthew Connor.

Earlier, Sam Todd also had a decent effort for Harps, with his header going just over.

Waterford had the better of things after the break but against the run of play O'Reilly had another chance for the visitors.

Crucially, on 79 minutes, George Poynton fouled Place inside the box and Harps were awarded a penalty.

Mark McGinley made a key late save for Harps, having also pulled off a couple of decent saves earlier.

It proved to be the winner and they held out for a hugely important victory.

When Harps beat Waterford 3-2 in Ballybofey back in May, Place scored twice.

Next up for Harps is a home game against north-west rivals Derry City at the Brandywell next Friday.

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