Finn Harps earned a vital point in their battle to avoid the drop as they held Cork City to a scoreless draw at Turners Cross on Friday evening.

And the hero for Harps was goalkeeper Mark Anthony McGinley who saved a second half penalty.

Significantly, with Sligo Rovers beating UCD, this result means that Harps are once again six points ahead of the students.

Both clubs have just four games left - including a big clash at Finn Park next month - and Harps have a far superior goal difference.

It's looking good for Harps to finish second bottom and that would leave them in a relegation play-off.

For Cork, this was another frustrating result. They have yet to win a league game under new manager Neale Fenn and they remain eighth in the table.

Chances were at a premium in this contest.

Cork had more of the possession but found the Harps defence in stubborn form.

Harps had a big let-off just after the break when Mark O'Sullivan was adjudged to have been fouled in the box but McGinley  denied Conor McCormack from the resulting spot-kick.

Cork conjured up a few half chances and Harps could even have grabbed victory late on when Daniel O'Reilly forced a very good save from Tadhg Ryan.

Indeed, the Leesiders had some late jitters as Harps won a couple of corners before the final whistle which was greeted with a sense of great satisfaction in the visiting camp.

FINN HARPS: Mark A McGinley, Daniel O'Reilly, Jacob Borg, Mark Russell, Sam Todd, Josh Smith, Mark Timlin (Gareth Harkin 65), Tony McNamee, Nathan Boyle (Niall Logue 90+2), Ruairi Harkin (Raf Cretaro 66), Harry Ascroft.

CORK CITY: Tadgh Ryan, Dan Casey, Shane Griffin, Colm Horgan, Conor McCarthy, Garry Buckley (Eoghan Stokes 80), Conor McCormack, Gearoid Morrissey, Daire O'Connor, Mark O'Sullivan, Karl Sheppard (Joel Coustrain 68)

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