Finn Harps           0              Cork City      0

Finn Harps picked up a useful point in a tight encounter at Finn Park.

This result means that although Harps stay ninth, they are now four points ahead of bottom club UCD - albeit having played three games more.

After the 4-1 defeat at home to Derry City, Cork were anxious to respond in a positive fashion with new head coach John Cotter dishing out the instructions from the bench,

The visitors conjured up the first chance with through Gearoid Morrisey on 15 minutes while Harps finally worried City on 32 minutes when Caolan McAleer crossed from the right side of the box but Mark Russell scuffed his shot.

In a game of few chances, McAleer went close for Harps in the second half while substitute Mark Timlin produced a rare moment of skill in this closely fought game with a cracking drive just wide on 80 minutes while at the other end a long-range Conor McCarthy effort was comfortably saved by Mark McNulty.

Next up for Harps is a trip to Dublin on Friday to take on UCD at Belfield in a proverbial six-pointer.

Finn Harps: McGinley; O’Reilly, Logue, Todd; Borg, Ascroft (Timlin, 45 mins), Harkin, Russell; Coyle; McAleer (Place, 85 mins), Boyle.

Cork City: McNulty; McCarthy, Casey, McLoughlin; Horgan, McCormack, Morrissey, Boylan (Comerford, 67 mins), Hurley; Buckley, Rainsford (Sheppard 83 mins).

Referee: Mr. J. McLaughlin (Athlone).

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