In-form Finn Harps extended their unbeaten league run to eight games as they deservedly beat Shelbourne 1-0 at Finn Park.

Harps went ahead on 17 minutes when Barry Curran whipped in a right wing cross and Stephen Parkhouse met it with a firm header that went beyond the reach of Tony O’Dowd.

A few minutes earlier, O’Dowd had produced a splendid save to deny the same player.

Shels then had striker Mark Leech sent off on 31 minutes for diving in the box. He had earlier been booked for a rash challenge on Shaun McGowan.

Harps really should have doubled their tally when Gethins played the ball across the six yard box but Parkhouse somehow blazed over with a miss-of-the-season-contender on 41 minutes.

Harps dominated the second half and both Gethins and Parkhouse hit the woodwork as the home side played some fine, fluent football.

Harps stay fourth but have begun the second half of their season on a high note.

Finn Harps: Gallagher, Asokuh, Minnock, Boyle, Holmes, Shields, Curran, McGowan, Parkhouse, Gethins, Divin. Sub: O'Loughlin for Curran (58 mins)

Shelbourne: O’Dowd, Murphy, McCulloch, Keely, Malcolm, L’Estrange, Chambers, O’Brien, Leech, Flood, Harte. Subs: Gartland for Harte (45 mins), Roche for Keely (51 mins), Quinn for Murphy (71 mins)

Referee: Mr. Pat Whelan (Dublin)