Gavin Molloy in the double as Shelbourne avenged previous losses to Finn Harps


Shelbourne returned the favor with a 3-1 win at Tolka Park for the two losses against Finn Harps.

Avin Molloy scored a brace on his fifth first-half appearance before Shelbourne secured their first win of five with a Jack Moylan strike in the 75th minute.

Harps announced two signings just before kick-off as Scotland striker Robert Jones made his debut. Australia centre-back Liam McGing was also benched after last playing for Sydney FC.

Damien Duff made three changes to the side who were defeated by Sligo last week. Kameron Ledwidge, Jad Hakiki and Sean Boyd came in for John Ross Wilson, Brian McManus.

Ollie Horgan opted for four changes as Jones, Ryan Rainey, Ethan Boyle and Dylan Duncan replaced Jose Carrillo, Bastien Héry, Liam McGing and Conor Tourish.

Moylan and Boyd got close early on with the Reds in a mild drumcondra. The hosts took the lead after 15 minutes when Molloy nodded in a corner from Shane Farrell, the 20-year-old’s first goal for Shelbourne.

However, Harps was level again minutes later when Donelan’s superb free-kick hit the head of Ethan Boyle, who scored his third goal of the season

In a frantic first half, it was Shelbourne who reclaimed the lead five minutes before the break.

Ireland Under-18 international Hakiki eased his way through the harps box and met Molloy on the edge, whose glorious performance nestled in the bottom corner.

The Reds could have gone a third before the final whistle but Mulreany stayed strong to parry Moylan’s powerful close-range shot. After the restart, Boyd Farrell’s dangerous cross passed just wide of the goal while Harps struggled and struggled to create chances.

Moylan’s drive effort was well saved by Mulreany in the 70th minute while Hakiki’s magical footwork wreaked havoc down the right wing. Shels sealed the three points in the 75th minute when Boyd met Moylan, who coolly scored his fourth goal of the season.

Shelbourne: Clarke; Kane, Ledwidge, Byrne, Griffin, Farrell; Molloy, Lunney (Coyle82); Moylan, Boyd (Carr 86), Hakiki (McManus 79).

Finnish harps: Mulreany; Rainey (McGing 82), Boyle, Slevin, Donelon; N’Zeyi (Héry 69), Connolly; Duncan (McCaffrey 60), McNamee, Mihaljevic (Rudden 82); Jones.

Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan. Gavin Molloy in the double as Shelbourne avenged previous losses to Finn Harps

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