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“Derry Pelé” Strikes Again As McCourt Scores Trademark Solo Stunner

34-year-old Paddy McCourt turned back the clock on Saturday night as his Finn Harps side thrashed Cabinteely 7-1 in their final Airtricity League First Division game of the regular season.

McCourt was making his first start for Harps since July after an injury-hit season, and he absolutely ran the game as the Donegal side put a marker down ahead of their promotion/relegation playoff game against either Drogheda United or Shelbourne.

The former Celtic and Barnsley man played 51 minutes against Cabinteely and his goal, Harps’ second of the game, was vintage McCourt, the ball sticking to his boots as he drifted by defenders on the left-hand side, before slotting a tidy finish past the Cabo goalkeeper.

Although Finn Harps will play in the relegation/promotions play-off after a tremendous season which saw them finish 2nd in the table behind UCD, this will be one of McCourt’s final appearances for the club.

McCourt is set to retire at the end of the season and take up a role as head of the Derry City Youth Academy, and the EA Sports Cup-winning club will be hoping that the “Derry Pele” can pass down some of his mercurial skill to the young players at the Brandywell.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com