Full-time: Find out how Finn Harps fared in their first friendly game of the season

Ollie Horgan's charges played Galway United

Full-time: How did Finn Harps fare in their first friendly game of the season

Jamie Browne from Strabane was in the Harps line-up

Finn Harps conceded a late goal as they lost out in their opening pre-season friendly, against Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park, on Sunday afternoon.

Francely Lomboto broke the deadlock to grab what turned out to be the only goal of the game in the 84th minute.

Ollie Horgan fielded a strong team, and gave a run-out to young Strabane striker Jamie Browne, who signed for the club last season.

John Caulfield’s side included Ruairi Keating, who had a number of spells with Harps, and signed for the Tribesmen in December of last year.

Adam Foley and Browne had chances for Harps in the first half, while Galway found it hard to break down the visitors’ defence.

The home side made wholesale changes at the break, with their second-half line-up including the hugely experienced Shane Duggan, Conor McCormack (ex Derry City), former Harps man Mikey Place and young striker Lomboto.

A draw looked to be on the cards but Galway pounced on a defensive error with Lomoto steering the ball home for the winner.

According to reports, Harps also included striker Sean Boyd, who previously had a loan spell with the club from Shamrock Rovers, and Hibernian's Ryan Shanley, who is on trial.

Galway United (starting XI): Conor Kearns, Christopher Horgan, Gary Boylan, Stephen Walsh, Maurice Nugent, Colin Kelly, Stephen Christopher, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Ruairi Keating, Padraic Cunningham, Mikie Rowe. 

Finn Harps (starting XI): Mark McGinley, Mark Russell, Shane McEleney, Kosovar Sadiki, Karl O’Sullivan, Tony McNamee, Adam Foley, Stephen Doherty, Ryan Connolly, Jamie Browne. Subs: Ryan Rainey, Ethan Boyle, Mark Timlin, Will Seymore, Christy McLaughlin, Lee McLaughlin, Ronan Gallagher, Ryan Shanley, Sean Boyd.

Harps begin their Premier Division campaign at home to Bohemians on Friday, March 19.

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