No fewer than six players who have been on Derry City's books were in the starting line-up of the Finn Harps side that dumped Bray Wanderers out of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday night where, after extra-time, it finished:
Bray Wanderers 1, Finn Harps 3
First Division Finn Harps have pulled off a cup shock as they came from behind to defeat Premier Division Bray Wanderers.
And they did so with a strong input from players with Derry connections.
Ciaran Gallagher, Gareth Harkin, Mikey Place, Nathan Boyle, Sam Todd and Niall Logue, who were in the starting eleven (not to mention substitute Mark TImlin) have all been part of the Derry set-up at various times in the past, and have subsequently either joined Harps or come on loan to the Ballybofey-based club.
It was a wonderful result for the in-from Donegal side who are now unbeaten in their last seven games.
Bray began well and after early chances for Paul O'Conor and Ger Pender, they deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes.
O'Conor slipped the ball into the path of Pender inside the box and he finished with real conviction as he fired past the diving Gallagher, who went into te game having kept a club record six consecutive clean sheets.
But Harps came into the game before the break with Boyle and Place looking increasingly threatening.
Harps drew level on 64 minutes with defender Todd shooting beyond Evan Moran as he latched onto a Ciaran Coll throw-in to find the target.
The Donegal side took the lead eight minutes into the first period of extra-time with Todd heading the ball into the path of the in-form Place who pounced from close range to score his fourth goal in five games.
And another recent arrival Jacob Borg then struck with the low shot for Harps' third to sink Bray after 112 minutes.
Bray finished with ten men as two minutes from the end Darragh Gibbons was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
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