Finn Harps 1 Waterford united 0
On-loan striker Ruairi Keating struck with the only goal of the game as Finn Harps began the second half of the season on a winning note by beating Waterford United at Finn Park.
Harps manager Ollie Horgan has pointed out beforehand the importance of getting all three points following the short summer break.
And his side duly obliged in what, remarkably, was only their second home league win of the current campaign.
Harps were good value for the victory.
In the first half the home side edged things with Keating and Kevin McHugh going close.
Waterford’s biggest threat was in the form of Jack Doherty but they were largely reduced to the occasional long range pot on goal and did little to trouble Conor Winn between the sticks for Harps.
The breakthrough came on 53 minutes when Waterford lost possession and the ball was played through for Keating to run onto and into the box where he confidently found the target. It was his fifth league goal of the season,
Moments later McHugh had a shot blocked and the buzzing Michael Funston struck the post with the follow-up.
Harps really should have got the second to seal the game.
Pat McCann burst forward and it was 3 on two but he went alone rather than trying to find a team-mate; it was the wrong option.
Packie Mailey produced a decent header that flashed just wide of the target while substitute Sean McCarron forced Waterford goalkeeper Kevin Burns in to making a fine fingertip save late on.
A decent return then for Harps and they now move to within six points of a play-off position.