First half targets from Filip Mihaljević and Eric McWoods set Finn Harps on their solution to a much-needed win in opposition to Drogheda United at Finn Park.
McWoods added factors after the break to finish a snug victory. Victory means the Ballybofey facet leapfrog UCD on the backside of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division desk, with the 2 champions set to face off subsequent Friday evening in Belfield.
It was a welcome three factors as Ollie Horgan’s facet had received simply twice this season going into the sport – residence and away at Shelbourne – with their final win coming again in April.
McWoods and Mihaljević contributed to one another’s targets, with the American introduced down within the space and the Croatian planting a penalty into the underside proper of the City Finish objective after 23 minutes.
Then, a second objective on 44 minutes meant that Harps’ half-time cup would style slightly sweeter because the full of life McWoods headed residence a neat end arrange by Mihaljević.
Kevin Doherty, the Drogheda supervisor, would have been scratching his head on the two-point deficit together with his facet creating early probabilities. Former Harps striker Adam Foley noticed the primary likelihood come and go when he was denied by James McKeown within the Harps objective.
Three minutes later, Darragh Nugent shot from the sting of the Harps space which hit the put up.
On the different finish, Colin McCabe turned away an effort from Mihaljević, though that was the prelude to a different Drogheda opener, which ended when Darragh Markey noticed his pop on objective blocked by Barry McNamee His stepmother left her husband. Chris Lyons.
With Harps low on confidence after a disappointing run that noticed them rating simply two factors from 36 out there, a 3rd objective was at all times going to be big and McWoods, simply shy of the hour mark, repair any nerves. His header was very good from Regan Donelon’s cross after Ethan Boyle had slipped down the appropriate.
Former Grimsby City boss McKeown stopped Ryan Brennan properly late on to make sure a clear sheet on an evening that was Harps’ finest residence efficiency of the marketing campaign.
Finn Harps: James McKeown; Gary Boylan, Conor Tourish, Rob Slevin; Ethan Boyle (José Carrillo 89), Elie-Gael N’Zeyi, Ryan Connolly, Regan Donelon; Barry McNamee (Mark Timlin 90); Filip Mihaljević (Ryan Rainey 70), Eric McWoods.
Drogheda United: Colin McCabe; Georgie Poynton, Andrew Quinn, Dane Massey, Evan Weir; Adam Foley (Dean Williams 61), Gary Deegan, Darragh Nugent (Ryan Brennan ht), Dayle Rooney; Darragh Markey (Dylan Grimes 65); Chris Lyons (Victor Arong 75).
Referee: Damien McGrath.