Ryan Curran has been thinking about scoring the winning goal for Harps against Derry ever since the fixtures for the new season were released before Christmas.
The striker produced a wonderful finish to give Harps a 2-0 advantage late in the second half of Friday night's Premier Division opener against his former club.
And while Rory Patterson managed to pull one back for the visitors in injury time at the death, Harps held out to take all three points.
“I'm delighted to be honest,” Curran said afterwards.
“That goal has been something I've been thinking about since December. Obviously coming against my old club, it's a massive goal. But it's a long season and that's only one goal. I want to score a lot more.”
Amazingly, the victory was Harps' first against the old enemy in almost 16 years.
“I was looking at the stats earlier on Twitter and the majority of the games are won by Derry,” Curran said.
“A few of the lads were saying that Finn Harps haven't won a game against Derry in a long, long time so it's not bad to be in a group that have managed to win this game.”
Curran scored after he sneaked in behind his marker and ran onto Keith Cowan's first time clearance.
“I vaguely remember there was someone to my left and I thought he was playing me onside,” he said.
“ There was no point in me running back out because Keith was going to play it long and I just stayed in there and took a chance. It fell to me and it was a decent enough finish.”
Ryan also revealed how his father Paul (a former Harps and Derry defender), offered some words of advice.
“I was chatting to him before the game. He just told me to do my best, work hard and the results will come.”
Pictured right, Finn Harps striker Ryan Curran celebrates with Tony McNamee after scoring against Derry City on Friday night. Photo: Thomas Gallagher.
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