Rovers pile more woe on strug­gling Harps

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

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.

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