Harps rue miss chances as Bohs loss sees them remain rooted to bottom of the table

This result leaves Harps propping up the Premier Division table – and they have now played a game more than UCD.
Harps rue miss chances as Bohs loss sees them remain rooted to bottom of the table

BASEMENT CLUB: Finn Harps Manager Ollie Horgan. ©INPHO/Evan Logan

Finn Harps 0 Bohemians 2 

Finn Harps remain rooted to the bottom of the table as they paid dearly for missed chances as Bohemians struck twice in the second half to bag the points at Finn Park.

This result leaves Harps propping up the Premier Division table – and they have now played a game more than UCD.

For mid-table Bohs, there was little to enthuse about their first half display but after they break they came good and in the end were comfortable.

Having lost 3-0 in the FAI Cup quarter-final against Shelbourne last time out, Bohs made six changes for this fixture with interim manager Derek Pender looking for a positive response from his charges.

Harps, meanwhile, gave a start to Jordanian international Jaime Siaj, who scored and impressed in their last outing, a 5-1 league defeat away to Shamrock Rovers.

In the early stages James Clarke had a plea for a penalty for Bohs dismissed after he ended up on the deck while at the other end Ryan Rainey had the first chance of note for the home side.

Harps were much the better side for the rest of the first half with their trio of foreign attacking players, American Eric McWoods, Croatian Filip Mihaljevic and Jordanian international Jaime Siaj all giving the visitors something to think about.

McCracken, on loan from Norwich City, made a great stop with an outstretched foot to deny McWoods at the start of the second half as Harps continued on from where they had left off.

But Bohs scored against the run of play on 53 minutes. Jordan Doherty’s initial shot was blocked but Bohs kept things alive and the ball came back for Declan McDaid to head past James McKeown.

The goal really lifted Bohs and substitute Chris Lotefa quickly made an impression on the game, having the ball in the net only to be ruled offside, and he then had a shot smothered at the near post.

McWoods continued to be Harps’ biggest threat and he set up Regan Donelan on 64 minutes in a fine position at the edge of the box but the latter could only shoot weakly at McCracken.

Harps kept plugging away and McWoods went close again but on 73 minutes the Ballybofey-based side was reduced to ten men when Ryan Rainey got his marching orders with a foul on Max Murphy leading to his second yellow card.

Jordan Doherty unleashed a cracking 25 yard drive after picking up the ball from Chris Lotefa to make it 2-0 om 83 minutes and effectively put the game beyond Harps.

To add to the home side’s woes, they had assistant manager Gavin Dykes sent off late on.

Finn Harps: McKeown; Boylan, Boyle, Slevin, Donelon; Rainey, N’zeyi, McNamee (Timlin, 85 mins); McWoods (Rudden, 88 mins), Mihalhjevic (Jones, 75 mins), Siaj (Duncan, 88 mins).

Bohemians: McCracken; Burke (Jordan, 29 mins), Feely, Kelly, Murphy; Twardek, Clarke, Flores (Levingston, 70 mins), McDaid; Mullins (McManus, 70 mins), Doran (Lotefa, 56 mins) 

Referee: D. McGraith (Mayo)

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