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.
Paddy McCourt is an absolute legend. A total genius with a ball at his foot. One of the all time greatest to grace the League of Ireland.
— Domestic Ireland (@DomesticIreland) September 22, 2018
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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