Treaty United secure important win in Donegal to reignite promotion hopes

The result sees the Shannonsiders leapfrog Harps into eighth place in the SSE Airtricity First Division.

Treaty United got back on track in the League of Ireland First Division on Friday night, as they picked up a 1-0 win away to Finn Harps.

The result sees the Shannonsiders leapfrog Harps into eighth place, but they sit just two points off sixth place Bray, with a game in hand.

Theoretically, should Tommy Barrett’s side win their game in hand, they would be just two points off of Wexford, who occupy the final playoff spot.

The victory on Friday was crucial in steadying the ship for the Limerick outfit, who had failed to beat Harps on two occasions this season, losing 2-0 in April, and 3-0 in May.

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Despite losing the previous ties, Treaty knew they needed a win in this one, and the first-half lacked any real attacking intent from either side, with no clear cut chances.

However, it took less than two minutes after half-time for the deadlock to be broken, as Treaty struck the first goal of the game.

Harps’ star man Ryan Flood lost the ball to Lee Devitt in the Treaty half, who moved it to Stephen Cristopher. Cristopher drove up the field before passing left to Dean George, who cut in onto his right foot, before slotting calmly into the bottom corner.

George has quietly been in good form as of late, netting three goals in the last six games, which has been crucial in taking some of the scoring burden off Enda Curran.

It is a good result for the Shannonsiders, who badly needed the three points, but they must push on from here if they want to get into the playoffs.

Barrett’s side get a break this weekend, but return to the Markets Field on August 25th, when they welcome Kerry FC.

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