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Finn Harps (1) 2 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Friendly 2009-10

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Referee: Terence Moyne

Manager: James Gallagher

Finn Park 20:00

Attendance: 2,000

Manager: Roy Keane


 Shaun Houston (23)
 Marc Brolly (69)
 Connor Wickham (57)


Christy ConaghanMark Moran (22)
Shaun HoustonMarc Brolly (46)
Gary WhoriskeyBrian Lafferty (64)
Ian RossiterPaddy Bonner (79)





Ciaran Gallagher

Ian Rossiter

Packie Mailey

Shaun Sharkey

Ciaran Coll

Christy Conaghan

Michael Funston

Shaun McGowan

Gary Whoriskey

Fintan Bonner

Shaun Houston



Mark Moran

Marc Brolly

Brian Lafferty

Paddy Bonner

Liam Mailey

Caolan Kelly

Declan ODonnell

Darren McGowan

Declan McGarvey

Match Report

Harps enjoy field day with Tractor Boy

THERE was a moment, mid-way through the second half in last night's tame friendly at Finn Park, which woke up the night.

Indeed, it's fair to say the Ipswich Town players had not quite awoken from their mid-summer slumber.

Local referee, Terence Moyne, was less than pleased with some of the Championship big-shots questioning his decisions, however dubious.

"Number 17, number 17, come back here. I haven't come out here to take that from you, ok, so shut up," he told Irishman Alan Quinn at the top of his Donegal-tinted voice.

While Mr Moyne's and a certain Mr Keane's dialect may be the length of the country apart, one suspects the Ipswich Town players got a slice of the Irish mentality which they are likely see again in the coming season.

While Roy Keane preaches that he has mellowed since stepping into management, this is a team, judging on the their first game back from their summer break, which may need some kicking into shape if he is to repeat the glory that he brought to his first management job.

Pre-season or no pre-season, this was a team which for much of the night failed to come to grips with an under-strength Finn Harps, a side currently 19 points adrift of the top of the League of Ireland First Division in eighth spot. And right now they can claim the first victory over Ipswich Town under Roy Keane.

At times, the Donegal men even out-classed them.

Tractor Boys fans, which were few and far between in a poor attendance of little over 1,000 at Finn Park, have been promised at least three or four more news signings before the season begins. They may be hoping for a few more.

There were some impressive performances for Keane to feast his eyes on. Dubliner Owen Garvan was relatively impressive in the centre of midfield and another Irish under 21 international Jon Walters proved a bit of handful up front in the first half, but for the most part it was clear as day that this side had only taken three training sessions prior to last night's test.

Harps took a shock lead on 23 minutes. Ian Rossiter crossed to the back post and when Fintan Bonner nodded it back across goal, Shaun Houston bulleted a header past Richard Wright.

Ipswich got on level terms when, after dismissing two loud penalty shouts, the referee pointed to the spot when Liam Trotter was taken down in the Harps box 12 minutes after the break.

A 16-year-old named Connor Wickham stood up and smashed the penalty down the middle to give his new boss something to think about.

But Keane had more pressing matters to worry about with just over 20 minutes remaining when they were ripped apart again as a sweet through ball from Bonner set Marc Brolly free and he burst clear before finding the net with the aid of a deflection.

The Corkman takes his charges on a tour to Portugal for the remainder of the week before returning to these shores to face Waterford United and Cork City.

Certainly, there may be some strong words said between now and then.

Neil Ahern (

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