Finn Harps are now on a run of seven clean sheets in their last eight league games as they defeated play-off hopefuls Galway United 2-0 at Finn Park to guarantee them a play-off berth. Mikey Place opened the scoring in the first half before Mark Tim
Finn Harps are now on a run of seven clean sheets in their last eight league games as they defeated play-off hopefuls Galway United 2-0 at Finn Park to guarantee them a play-off berth.
Mikey Place opened the scoring in the first half before Mark Timlin doubled the lead to achieve nine points from nine against Galway this season.
Despite a Cup defeat to Dundalk, Harps looked to have kept their high spirited performances from the league and started brightly against Galway. Early pressure saw Mikey Place have a header cleared off the line and the hosts thought they taken the lead on the eighth minute, but the offside flag cut short Nathan Boyle's celebrations.
Harps were playing some good football and soon took the lead. A close range ball in from the left by Mark Timlin was missed by Adam Rooney and Mikey Place was in the centre to tap home at the near post.
Harps continued to press and looked for a second, more so Timlin looked to get that goal, having three shots in as many minutes, two of which were saved by Tadhg Ryan, the other blocked.
Timlin started the second half where he finished the first, looking to score and he grabbed that goal shortly after the hour mark. He picked up the ball roughly 25 yards out, ran at the defence before turning onto his favoured left foot in the area and blasted his shot past Ryan to double the lead.
Chances were few and far between after that second goal with the best chance falling to Boyle just inside the area but his effort was saved. Galway had a number of half chances with Conor Melody getting their best effort with a long range shot which floated just over the bar. Harps ran down the clock to record a comfortable 2-0 victory.