Success Edogun: 'I just thought to myself that there’s no way we're going to score today'


Success Edogun Credit: Clare McCahill (ETPhotos)

Éanna Mackey reports from Markets Field

Former Treaty United attacker Success Edogun looked a happy but tired figure after helping Finn Harps to a 1-0 victory in the SSE Airtricity League First Division last Friday night in the Markets Field, Limerick.

Harps having dominated the game didn’t manage to break the deadlock until the seventy-ninth minute when captain Tony McNamee drove a low shot into the bottom corner giving the Ballybofey side a deserved lead.

Harps had a number of gilt-edged chances throughout the game but lacked that clinical edge with Treaty often struggling to break out of their half.

Yet despite their command of the game, it seemed that until McNamee’s decisive strike, it may have just been just one of those nights as time and again Harps fluffed their lines in front of goal.

The relief was evident on Edogun’s face having been the creator of one of those chances, leading a counterattack before squaring the ball to an unmarked Stephen Doherty at the back post.

“When I crossed it into Stephen (Doherty) and it was basically an open goal and he missed I just thought to myself that there’s no way we're going to score today but thank god Tony (McNamee) put one in at the end and that we came away from here with the win,” said Edogun after the game on Friday.

Harps dominance in the first half gave way to a brief spell where the home side had a number of good goal-scoring chances which was key for manager Darren Murphy’s half-time team talk.

“Basically, the message at half-time was not to take our foot off the gas. We had a great first half and really we probably should have been one or two up.

“The gaffer told us to keep that up in the second half because if we relaxed at all Treaty could score one so we just had to keep doing what we were doing,” Edogun explained.

The result now leapfrogs Finn Harps above the Shannonsiders leaving them second in the table, three points behind leaders Cork City. They now face a quick turnaround with a Monday evening fixture at home to play-off rivals Bray Wanderers at Finn Park.

“Obviously it’s good that we got the win tonight and were full of confidence but we don’t have much recovery before the Bray game on Monday,” said Edogun.

“Now we just have to stay positive and take the positives from tonight and bring it to Bray on Monday and hopefully we can get the win.”

“It’s another tough game and we’ve done a bit of work on Bray already but they are a really good footballing side, we know that we’re going to have to be on our A game. It’s going to be a tough match but we’ve got to take the positives from tonight and do what we can to get three points.