Finn Harps frontman Adam Foley is loving life in Donegal and backing his team to keep their feet on the ground after a strong start to the campaign.

Harps are fourth in the table following Monday's dramatic derby win over Derry City, where Foley's last-minute strike gave them a first ever league win at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

The 31-year-old Balbriggan man is currently the division's top scorer with five goals. He had never played in the Premier Division before Ollie Horgan convinced him to sign for Finn Harps in August 2020.

Foley went on to score the goal that kept the team up, as they beat Waterford 1-0 in the final game of last season to secure their safety.

Harps - and Foley - have really kicked on this term, with Monday's victory particularly sweet.

"It was brilliant," Foley told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.

"There's been a lot of talk since I signed about beating Derry. When you come into the club, you know straight away what the big game is.

"It was fully deserved as well; we played really well. It was a difficult first half. I think in the second half we really started upping the gears a little bit. It was a tough night but we dug in there and held together as a team and it was just great to get the win.

"It was a great ball by Barry [McNamee], he sets things up on a plate for me all the time even in training so I have a good understanding and relationship with him in that sense. Once I saw him coming inside I knew exactly where to go."

Foley celebrated by leaping the advertising hoardings and holding his hands to his ears. "There was a few noises coming from that direction [from Derry supporters] to a few of our players so I said, 'look, I might as well go and give a bit back'" he laughed.

"We enjoyed it. We're a very feet-on-the-ground kind of squad. Ollie and Hegs [assistant boss Paul Hegarty] make sure they keep us that way. Monday is gone. The fans will enjoy that, as we did, but all attention now turns to Bohs on Saturday.

"It's a really, really good dressing room. It's a joy to play up there and be part of the squad."

Horgan recoils at any talk of Harps pushing for a European spot as he continuously stresses the competitiveness and ruthlessness of the league.

Finn Harps did, after all, find themselves in a relegation scrap just last season, but they've recruited well and look a good outfit this year.

"Everyone is taking points off everyone," Foley added. "Obviously Shamrock Rovers are the team that we all expected to be leading the pack and will go on to win the league, but there's teams around us that we know we've played well against.

"Even against Rovers, they dominated possession against us but we were unlucky not to take something out of the game.

"We're aware of what we have and we are realistic in terms of what we can do. We'll just take it one game at a time and see where it takes us."

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