Bohemians 2-2 Finn Harps
By Matthew Foley
Finn Harps drew 2-2 tonight with Bohemians thanks to a late goal from Mark Timlin, despite only playing with nine men.
It was the worst possible start for Harps as Eric McWoods was sent off just five minutes into the game. Despite going down to ten men, it was Ollie Horgan’s side who took the lead.
A penalty was given to Harps after a handball in the Bohemians penalty area. Filip Mihaljevic stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past James Talbot for his second goal in as many games.
Although Harps had the lead, the bad luck continued as captain David Webster went off injured 30 minutes into the game.
Harps remained solid at the back despite the disruptions and went in ahead at the break.
Bohs came out strong in the second half and were level just two minutes after the restart. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe was taken down in the box and referee Sean Grant pointed to the spot for the second time in the match. There was no mistake from Dawson Devoy who converted from the spot.
Just 10 minutes later Bohs were ahead. Midfielder Ali Coote’s impressive strike from the edge of the area gave Keith Long’s men the lead.
The home side had chances to put the game to bed but strong defending from Harps kept them in the game.
The game looked all but done when Ryan Rainey was shown a second yellow card, meaning Harps only had nine men on the pitch.
Despite the circumstances, Harps did not give up and got their rewards in the 93rd minute. Mark Anthony McGinley’s long ball fell to Yoyo Mahdy who slipped through substitute Mark Timlin who finished brilliantly to get Harps a vital point on the road.
Up next for Harps is a massive home game against Sligo Rovers on Easter Monday.
Finn Harps: Mark McGinley, Rob Slevin, David Webster (Conor Tourish, 29’ (Luke Rudden, 82’), Ryan Connolly (Yoyo Mahdy, 82’), Eric McWoods, Barry McNamee (Bastien Hery, 66’), Jose Carillo, Elie-Gael N’Zeyi, Ryan Rainey, Ethan Boyle, Filip Mihaljevic (Mark Timlin, 82’).
Subs not used: Regan Donelan, Erol Alkan, Nathan Logue, Gavin Mulreany.
Booked: Eric McWoods (red card), Ryan Rainey (red card, two yellows), Ethan Boyle; Bastien Hery.
Bohemians: James Talbot, Tyreke Wilson, Rory Feely, Ciaran Kelly, Ali Coote, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (Kris Twardek, 72’), Dawson Devoy, Liam Burt (Stephen Mallon, 89’), Max Murphy, Promise Omochere, Jordan Flores (Conor Levingston, 84’)
Subs not used: Jordan Doherty, JJ McKiernan, Ryan Cassidy, Sam Packham, Jamie Mullins, Tadgh Ryan.
Referee: Sean Grant.