Damien McNulty is first to admit he doesn't score near enough goals. But his wonder-strike on Saturday night is one that will live long in the memory.
Sligo Rovers 1
Finn Harps 1
(match abandoned on 86 mins, due to floodlight failure)
The defender volleyed a spectacular equaliser on 82 minutes to deservedly draw Harps level.
Yet just when the visitors were threatening to go on and win the game, the game was brought to a premature end.
With four minutes left to play, a number of floodlights went out forcing match referee, Padraig Sutton to bring a halt to play.
Then followed a period of around 15 minutes during which efforts were made to rectify the problem with the lights.
At the same time, attempts were made to contact league officials to see what steps needed to be taken.
It seems those efforts were unsuccessful and after much deliberation, Mr. Sutton signalled full time. The feeling is that with such a short space of time left in the game, the 1-1 result will stand.
Certainly, those in the Harps camp were pretty pleased with the outcome at the finish. It would have been all so different had Sligo taken at least one more of the good chances they created in a dominant first half.
They opened the scoring when Chris Lyons headed them ahead on 11 minutes. Sligo created at least three other good opportunities but found their former keeper, Richard Brush, in inspired form in the visiting goal.
The Harps net-minder produced a string of excellent saves, the best of which denied Sligo's Gavin Peers whose point-blank header was somehow turned round the post by Brush.
Harps, who included Ciaran Coll in defence after his quicker than expected recovery from injury, did have chances of their own in the first half.
Tony McNamee went closest to equalising after he was slipped in on goal by Dave Scully. However, McNamee chose to round keeper, Michael Schlingermann who did ever so well to get a hand to the ball and clear it to safety.
But after getting in at half time just a goal behind, Harps regrouped and were much better in the second half.
Ryan Curran had an early chance to equalise after the break and at the other end, Harps looked so much more secure and the longer the game went on, the frustration among the home supporters grew.
Eventually, with just eight minutes left, their fears were realised when McNulty scored. Harps had carried a threat from set-pieces all evening and it was from an Adam Hanlon corner than the ball was returned into the area by McNamee. Packie Mailey flicked on and McNulty found himself in acres of space at the back post where he unleashed an unstoppable volley to the top corner.
It was a goal that lit up a north west derby that was to end in unfortunate circumstances a short time later.
Sligo Rovers: Michael Schlingermann, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Regan Donelon, Gavin Peers, Tim Clancy, Jimmy Keohane, Jordan Richards, Kieran Sadlier, Craig Roddan, Liam Martin, Chris Lyons.
Finn Harps: Richard Brush, Damien McNulty, Ciaran Coll, Packie Mailey, Keith Cowan, Gareth Harkin (Kevin McHugh 67), Adam Hanlon, Ethan Boyle (Raymond Foy 75), Tony McNamee, Ryan Curran, Dave Scully (Liam Flatley 80).
Referee: Padraig Sutton.
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