Friday, May 19, 2023

Finn Harps 0


Waterford FC 4

Player of the Month Ronan Coughlan added two more to his already impressive tally as the Blues came away from Finn Harps with full points tonight. Photo: Sportsfile.

After hitting Finn Harps for seven goals in Keith Long’s first game in charge, Waterford FC hit the Donegal outfit for four to remain in second place in the SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division at Finn Park in Ballybofey.

On an evening that saw Ronan Coughlan bring his tally to 18 goals for the season with another brace, the Blues didn’t leave the off the field situation with owner Andy Pilley put them off on the playing field with another polished performance on the road.

It was Connor Parsons that put Waterford in front with 25 minutes on the clock when Niall O’Keeffe sent over a cross that found Coughlan, and after his shot was saved, Parsons was on hand to knock him his second goal of the season.

Coughlan continued his unbelievable run of form in front of goal when he doubled the lead on the half hour mark with a neat finish before the home side had Daithi McCallion sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Shane Griffin.

Dean McMenamy stretched the Waterford lead with his first goal for the club when he found the net with stunning strike before the Blues were awarded a penalty for their fourth goal on 74 minutes.

Finn Harps defender Caoimhin Porter clipped Connor Parsons in the area that saw referee Oliver Moran point to the spot, and Coughlan made it 18 goals when he sent Finn Harps keeper Tim Hiemer to surpass Phoenix Patterson’s goal haul of 17 last season.

It took a brilliant save from the Harps keeper to deny the visitors a fifth goal a minute later when Barry Baggley let fly with a cracking effort from the top of the penalty area, but his shot was superbly tipped around the post with the same player denied late on.

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