Finn Harps 3
Don’t consign us to the drop yet – that was the cry from battling Finn Harps as they clocked up their second successive league win by beating Waterford in a thriller at Finn Park.
And with UCD losing to Shamrock Rovers, Harps are off the bottom and above the students, albeit on goal difference.
Waterford, who beat Harps 4-0 at the RSC earlier in the season, took the lead after just three minutes when Cory Galvin played through a pass for Aaron Drinan to latch onto and he duly fired past Peter Burke.
Harps then lost teenager Michael Gallagher who was stretchered off two minutes later, with Colm Deasy replacing him.
However, the Donegal side was back on level terms on 24 minutes. Mikey Place was fouled by Rory Feely just outside the box and from the resulting free-kick Place’s sweetly struck effort went into the top right corner despite Matt Connor getting a hand to it.
Drinan had another shot straight at Burke on the half hour while Bastien Hery curled one inches wide of the post.
But Harps made it 2-1 on 37 minutes. Feely was adjudged to have fouled Liam Walsh in front of goal and Place stepped up to score from the spot.
Drinan had a chance to level the scores in the 44th minute but shot across the face of goal while at the other end Sean Boyd headed over from a great position.
Waterford pushed hard as Harps defended stoutly.
The visitors' boss Alan Reynolds was sent off late on following a touch line incident.
Damien Delaney equalised for Waterford in the 88th minute.
But Sean Boyd pounced with a dramatic winner for Harps two minutes later.
Finn Harps: Burke; Kavanagh, Logue, O’Reilly; Gallagher (Deasy, 6 mins), Walsh (Boyle, 63 mins), McNamee, Borg, Russell; Boyd, Place (Doherty, 90 mins).
Waterford: Connor; Poynton, Feely, Delaney, Lunney; Chvedukas (Twine, 66 mins), Duggan, Hery, Galvin (Martin, 88 mins); Drinan, Akinade.
Referee: P. McLaughlin (Monaghan).
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