CRAFTY DROGHEDA END HEROIC HARPS’ CUP DREAMS

first_imgFinn Harps can hold their heads up high as they gave it their all in their FAI Cup replay tonight.A craftier Drogheda Utd side proved to have a little more in the tank for Harps as they ended their cup dreams for yet another season winning 2-0.The Donegal side were forced to a replay at Hunky Dorys Park after a late equaliser at Finn Park last Friday night saw the game end 1-1 after a late eualiser from Drogheda. Harps tried to match their Premier League opposition in every department tonight and did so for the first half which ended scoreless.But Drogheda threw what proved to be the decisive punch in the 50th minute when Declan O’Brien finished Shane Grimes’ cross from close range to beat Ciaran Gallagher.Harps were living on half chances with both Kevin McHugh and Tommy McMonagle going close.Harps were dealt a major blow when they were reduced to ten men following the sending off of Damien McNulty in the 75th minute. Drogheda, with the numerical advantage, had the chance to finish off Harps in the 79th minute through Peter Hynes.Through on goal on a one-on-one with Harps ‘keeper Gallagher, Hynes tried a cheeky lob but was foiled well by the Harps number one.Peter Hutton’s side threw everything at Drogheda in the last ten minutes but Drogheda were happy to soak up the pressure with the extra man.Harps were given some glimmer of hope when the referee announced six minutes of injury time in the 90th minute.But whatever slight hope they had soon disappeared when Drogheda added a second in the 92nd minute through David Cassidy. Cassidy linked up with Ryan Brennan to ‘round Gallagher and apply a simple tap-in to make it 2-0.It was a cruel end to Harps gallant cup efforts this season.CRAFTY DROGHEDA END HEROIC HARPS’ CUP DREAMS was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drogheda Utdfai cupfinn harpslast_img read more

ISL: Kerala Blasters FC stay winless at home as FC Pune City earn full points

first_imgKerala Blasters FC’s winless streak at home continued with a 1-0 defeat against FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday.Kerala have been winless at home this season and have not picked up full points since their opening round win against ATK.Fans have been hoping there would be a turnaround but instead it were Pune City who registered only their second win of the campaign.The only goal of the match came in the 20th minute from Marcelinho. The win takes Pune to eighth spot and are now only a point off Kerala who remain a spot above. Blasters are winless in 10 games now.After a nervy start, the match sprang to life in the seventh minute when Robin Singh placed the ball on a platter for Marcelinho off Nim Dorjee Tamang’s forward pass.With Anas Edathodika dragged out of position, the Brazilian forward charged into space and had just the goalkeeper to beat from inside the box. Dheeraj Singh closed down the angle and pulled off a terrific reflex save to deny Pune an early lead.Kerala threatened at the other end a minute later. After a crisp interchange of passes between Sahal Samad and Courage Pekuson on the edge of the box, the latter picked out Slavisa Stojanovic’s run behind the defence with a delightful lob which the striker failed to connect with his outstretched right leg.The visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a deflected effort from Marcelinho. Ashique Kuruniyan cut inside from the left flank and fed the forward with a through-ball into the box.advertisementMarcelinho’s shot took a wicked deflection off Anas’ legs and found the bottom right corner.Kerala saw a lot of the ball for the rest of the half as they battled to find an equaliser. However, Pune’s defence looked unusually solid as they kept the home side at bay.The home side upped the ante after the restart and restricted the visitors to efforts from outside the box. One such shot by Marko Stankovic, however, flew inches wide of the post in the 59th minute.The ever-present Sahal went close from Zakeer’s corner-kick a few minutes later. The delivery was headed just wide at the near post by the Kerala-born youngster.Kerala had made a habit of getting equalisers late in the game but this time, it was not to be as Kamaljit Singh came up with a splendid save off a Jhingan header, while Vineeth hit the post to cap off a frustrating night for David James’ side.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more