WHEN HE TRIED – and failed in spectacular fashion it must be said – with an overhead kick in the pre-match warm-up, Finn Harps mascot Harper probably knew it wasn’t going to be his night, writes Alan Foley.Harper was on the field ahead of Harps’ Premier Division fixture against Sligo Rovers at Finn Park last night and tried to meet a deft cross with an audacious effort – only to land flat on his face. Laugher rolled in from the terraces as Harper, showing pride over pain, jumped to his feet to give a wave of acknowledgment despite not getting a chance to show his Pedigree, Chum. Then, 27 minutes into the match with the score still 0-0, match referee Tommy Connolly stopped play and told a steward at the Town End of Finn Park to remove poor Harper, who was motioning to make saves behind the Rovers goal, which was being marshalled by Ed McGinty, a Motherwell native whose family come from Ballyshannon. Ruff justice indeed, although the steward did not lay a paw on him.After declaring his innocence and shrugging his shoulders a few times, poor Harper was removed from the end-line, much to the disappointment of both sets of supporters, who barked his innocence.Nathan Boyle, a minute later, scored the first of his two goals in Harps’ 2-0 win, although Twitter did show some sympathy for poor Harper, who may or may not be suspended for Monday’s visit of Cork City.Who ever said it’s a dog’s life? @alimason Noticed your comment on a post last night. Here’s the Finn Harps mascot being sent off during the game against Sligo Rovers.(Photo: Clare McCahill / Extratime) pic.twitter.com/eacN14aO31— Clare McCahill Photographer (@ClareMcCahill) June 29, 201927 min. The Finn Harps mascot has been sent off for pretending to save shots behind our goal (0-0) pic.twitter.com/71DhCTXGrM— Sligo Rovers (@sligorovers) June 28, 2019Does the Finn Harps mascot get a suspension?— Stephen Doyle (@dubsoulrebel) June 28, 2019my first day at work as the finn harps mascot has gone wonderfully— Patrick (@PrayForPatrick) June 28, 2019Ruff justice for Finn Harps mascot Harper following his dismissal against Sligo Rovers was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 League of Ireland First Divisionfinn harpsSligo Rovers
Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Brazil on June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)Lionel Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday and secure his team’s place in the second round of the World Cup. Iran had defended solidly throughout the game and also took the match to Argentina in the second half, creating several chances to win the Group F match and cause a tournament sensation. But Iran was punished for those missed chances when Messi picked up the ball about 20 yards (meters) out and curled a shot into the left hand corner.