FAI Senior Cup last 16: Finn Harps v Skerries Town

by Jonny Stapleton
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Finn Harps 5

Skerries Town 0

Jonny Stapleton

Skerries Town’s fairytale FAI Cup run came to an abrupt rather than happy end in Donegal last Saturday.

Going into the round of 16 there was genuine hope the emerging amateur team may have a chance of scalping League of Ireland opposition to secure a famous win and a place in the quarter-finals of the most

prestigious cup contest in Irish football.

However, Finn Harps didn’t bring their league form into the cup contest and ended the Leinster League Senior Sunday 1 sides’ interest in the tournament.  

The First Division team hit Skerries for five at Finn Park to reach the last eight with ease.

Harps started on song and were a goal to the good as early as minute two when Max Hutchison finished from inside the area.

Ryan Flood doubled the advantage with a well-taken free kick from 25 yards on 15 minutes.

Town regrouped and were more solid for the remainder of the half but any hopes of a comeback were ended just one minute into the second period as Patrick Ferry found the net from close range.

Nine minutes later and the hosts were four to the good as Sean O’Donnell lifted the ball home.

Flood then made it five with his second eye-catching goal of the night, finding the bottom corner from 25 yards with a precise curled finish.

The Skerries Town side from the Leinster Senior League before their FAI Senior Cup last 16 defeat away to Finn Harps

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