Finn Harps are in action tonight away to Drogheda United in the first-leg of their promotion play-off.
At half time it's:
Drogheda United 1, Finn Harps 0
Drogheda United have the upper hand at the break in tonight's promotion play-off first-leg clash at United Park.
The Louth side are good value for their half-time lead, having been the better outfit, with the bulk of the chances.
Harps created the first real opening with a fine run from Mark Timlin but he was unable to keep his footing inside the box when challenged.
Colm Deasy played in a delightful ball from the right and Mark Doyle was just inches away from making the telling connection at the far post on nine minutes.
Drogheda took the lead on 13 minutes following a corner from Sean Brennan. Harps failed to clear and Ciaran Kelly drove the ball home through a crowded goalmouth.
Brennan then squirmed his way into the Harps box only to see his shot capably saved by Ciaran Gallagher as the Boynesiders suddenly had a bit of a spring in their step.
Harps briefly thought they had equalised on 26 minutes following a corner. Gareth Harkin’s initial shot was blocked and the ball spun into the path of Mikey Place who found the back of the net – but a flag was raised for off-side.
Drogheda then gave Harps a scare when Colm Deasy played a really menacing ball across the face of the Harps goal which Ciaran Gallagher just cut-out.
And moments later Chris Lyons let fly with a thundering effort not far off the target as Drogheda enjoyed their best spell of the game.
In an increasingly entertaining tie, Harps then had a chance when Ciaran Coll did the spadework to set up a chance for Place whose shot was saved by Paul Skinner while at the other end a Kelly effort flashed across the Harps goalmouth and just wide.
Doyle was then in again for the home side with question marks being asked about the Harps defence which was coming under increased pressure.
Chris Lyons then surged into the box and evaded Gallagher but could not get a shot in, eventually finding Kane whose shot was blocked and the ball then fell into the path of Brennan whose drive was stopped by Gallagher.
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