Eric McWoods’ brace lifts Harps off foot of the table

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A brace from American striker Eric McWoods helped to raise Finn Harps off the underside of the Premier Division.

cWoods struck both aspect of half-time after Filip Mihaljević’s opener.

A minute earlier than the interval, McWoods scored Harps’ second after being fed by Mihaljević. Harps had the win wrapped up when McWoods headed residence a Regan Donelon cross.

The Donegal aspect had taken the lead within the twenty third minute when Mihaljević drilled in a penalty after McWoods was taken down within the space.

McWoods nearly doubled the lead immediately, however his header, which looped over ‘keeper Colin McCabe, trickled extensive of the far submit.

Mihaljević and McWoods mixed in a transfer that may’ve damaged the impasse 4 minutes earlier than the opener arrived. McWoods’ header introduced Mihaljević with the possibility, however McCabe saved, turning the Croatian’s shot out for a nook.

From the set-piece, Drogheda broke with Dayle Rooney squaring for Darragh Markey, who was denied by Barry McNamee’s block with a follow-up deflecting extensive off team-mate Chris Lyons.

Darragh Nugent clipped off a submit with an enterprising try from the sting of the field after 13 minutes whereas former Harps attacker Adam Foley was denied by McCabe.

Harps added a second within the forty fourth minute as McWoods completed properly after being put clear by Mihaljević.

Harps’ former Grimsby City goalkeeper James McKeown denied ex-Harps attacker Adam Foley early on and an excellent full-length save thwarted Drogs’ sub Ryan Brennan.

Finn Harps – McKeown; Boylan, Tourish, Slevin; Boyle (Carrillo 89), N’Zeyi, Connolly, Donelon; McNamee (Timlin 90); Mihaljević (Rainey 70), McWoods.

Drogheda United – McCabe; Poynton, Quinn, Massey, Weir; Foley, Deegan, Nugent (Brennan h-t), Rooney; Markey (Grimes 65); Lyons (Victor Arong 75).

Ref – Damien McGraith

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