Tuesday 31st July 2007, 11:15 pm
31st July 2007
Finn Harps 3
Stephen Parkhouse 47
Declan Divin 53
Conor Gethins 87
Monaghan United 0
Finn Harps continued their marvellous mid-season run with a convincing 3-0 win over Monaghan United at Finn Park, Ballybofey. All three goals came in the second half after a frustrating first period for the home side.
The win moves Harps to within two points of third placed Limerick with the Munster side seeing their game abandoned tonight.
Stephen Parkhouse missed the Monaghan goal with an early header while Conor Gethins forced a good save from Alvin Rouse. Gethins again went close before the break with John O'Loughlin forcing a goal-line clearance.
Monaghan's luck ran out just after half-time when Parkhouse finally made the breakthrough. Shaun Holmes' break down the wing and cross unlocked the visitors' defence and Parkhouse coolly slotted home his fifth league goal of the season on 47 minutes.
Declan Divin hit his first for Harps since joining and it was worth the wait as he made it 2-0 on 53 minutes. Making a sweet connection he blasted home a superb dipping volley from outside the Monaghan box.
Gethins polished off the win with his twelfth goal of the season three minutes from the end to make it 3-0.
Finn Harps : Gallagher, Asokuh, Boyle, Minnock, Holmes, O'Loughlin (Roddy 77), McGowan, Shields, Divin (Brolly 87), Parkhouse (Brown 54), Gethins.
Monaghan United : Rouse, Williamson, Mooney, Williamson, Meenan (Finnegan 63), Burke, Tierney, Gannon, Darcy, Doyle, Farrell (Byrne 76).