GOAL . . .Filip Da Silva (grounded) makes it 2-0 to Finn Harps (Photograph: Joe Boland, North West Newspix)
For the third house match in a row Harps needed to accept a degree as Cobh Ramblers got here from 2-0 right down to deny the Donegal aspect the win.
Finn Harps . . . 2, Cobh Ramblers . . . 2
On their first go to to Ballybofey since Might, 2018, Cobh appeared in actual hassle at half time as they trailed 2-0 to a Harps aspect who performed so effectively within the opening half.
However after lacking a penalty by means of Jack Doherty virtually on the restart, Cobh bought again within the recreation when Doherty volleyed house on 54.
The identical participant would greater than make up for his penalty miss by scoring the equaliser on 71.
It was robust on the house aspect who produced their greatest efficiency of the season in entrance of one other massive crowd at Finn Park.
They had been with out the injured Keith Cowan, Daithi McCallion and Cian Lynch as Rogers was compelled to make three modifications from the aspect that received final weekend in Longford.
Midfielder Noe Baba was deployed as a make-shift centre-half as Katlego Mashigo and Seamus Keogh returned to midfield and Okwuy Okwute began up prime.
After kick-off was delayed by ten minutes after a supporter took unwell within the floor, the match exploded into life with the house aspect grabbing the lead contained in the opening minute.
Caoimhin Porter’s cross from the suitable ultimately fell the best way of Okwuy Okwute inside the world and whereas his goalbound shot was blocked, Seamus Keogh adopted as much as produce a tidy end into the underside nook.
Cobh responded effectively and Pierce Philips noticed a shot go large whereas Tim-Oliver Hiemer saved from a Brendan Frahill header.
However Harps had been enjoying with power and objective and anytime they got here ahead, they brought about the guests issues.
The second purpose arrived on 13 minutes – a nook from the left from Keogh was poorly defended and Filip Da Silva pounced to show the ball house from shut vary.
Cobh had been shocked, however to their credit score that they had their moments in an entertaining first half.
They completed the half effectively and Hiemer got here to his group’s rescue with a superb cease to disclaim Wilson Waweru.
However 2-0 in entrance going into the second half, Harps had bought themselves into a robust place to take all three factors.
Cobh had been offered with the proper likelihood to get themselves again into the competition once they had been awarded a penalty three minutes after the break.
Mashigo caught Frahill late with a problem contained in the field from Jack Doherty missed from the spot, sending his effort excessive and large.
It was an enormous let-off for Harps however Doherty would make amends quickly after, beating Hiemer with a wonderfully executed volley to open Cobh’s account.
He scored once more 19 minutes from the top, discovering the underside nook as a interval of Cobh stress paid dividends.
Harps ended the sport with ten males after substitute Sean O’Donnell was proven a straight crimson card on 82 minutes following a foul on a Cobh defender.
And whereas they had been beneath stress throughout these closing minutes, they managed to carry out to take a deserved share of the spoils.
Finn Harps: Tim-Oliver Hiemer, Caoimhin Porter, Ryan Flood, Noe Baba, Ellis Farrar, Ryan Rainey, Katlego Mashigo, Seamus Keogh, Michael Harris (Shane McMonagle 61), Okwuy Okwute (Sean O’Donnell 76), Filip Da Silva.
Cobh Ramblers: Lee Steacy, Michael McCarthy (Jake Hegarty 87), Cian Browne, Brendan Frahill, Charlie Lyons, Pierce Philips, Dale Holland (Conor Drinan 77), Jason Abbott, Jack Doherty, Wilson Waweru, James O’Leary (Issa Kargbo 77).
Referee: Alan Patchell
Cobh from behind to disclaim Harps the factors in gripping encounter was final modified: March twenty fourth, 2023 by