Rovers pile more woe on struggling Harps
Shamrock Rovers easily beat relegation-threatened Finn Harps to extend their buffer over fourth-placed Derry City to four points with five games left.
After Gary Shaw had given the Hoops a deserved interval lead, Brandon Miele added a second before teenage substitute James Doona bagged a five-minute brace. BJ Banda pulled one back for Harps with two minutes left.
Constant pressure from Rovers yielded an opener on 27 minutes, Shaw prodding the ball home from close-range after Cameron King had ghosted into the penalty area and squared across the six-yard box.
Six minutes after the break, a foul on Trevor Clarke 20 yards out allowed Miele to step up and find the top corner with a textbook free-kick.
Doona replaced the injured Clarke on 61 minutes. Eight minutes later, he completed a flowing move by jinking inside his marker before drilling a low shot home from 10 yards. The 19-year-old soon pounced again to connect with Ryan Connolly’s right-wing cross.