Harps’ team news ahead of last game of the season

Despite the relief of not ending up in the relegation play-offs after Monday night’s defeat for Wexford Youths in Cork, the Finn Harps team has been preparing as normal for the visit of Bohemians to Ballybofey for the final match of the Premier Division season. This Friday night’s match, which kicks-off 15 minutes earlier than normal at 7.45, is also an opportunity for the fans to acknowledge the huge achievement of part-time players in managing to keep the club in top flight football for next season. And despite criticism from some quarters their manager Ollie Horgan deserves great credit for the massive amount of work he has done in assembling a squad that has stuck together through the tough times in the Premier Division.

In team news for the visit of Bohs, Horgan will definitely be minus the injured Kevin McHugh and Keith Cowan while both Damian McNulty and Gareth Harkin are suspended and Josh Mailey will not be available due to college studies in England. Mailey did travel over for the Cork and Wexford matches but with the Premier Division status now secured the Letterkenny man will not make the trip for Friday night’s game. Barry Molloy is a big doubt for the game while the manager also rates Ruairi Keating’s chances of making the squad as slim due to an ankle ligament injury that has kept the young striker out of action for three weeks. So there will be at least two changes from Wexford with Tommy McMonagle the natural replacement for Mailey at centre-half while Tony McNamee could be included instead of Harkin in the middle of park. Dave Scully is another option in attack with Ryan Curran dropping into a wide midfield role if Molloy fails a late fitness test.

Horgan and his squad are approaching the Bohs game like any other home fixture and will be hoping to give the home fans something extra to cheer about with a victory to finish of the season in style. “We have been preparing for the Bohs game like every other match we have played this season. We don’t know any other way. It’s going to be difficult against them because they have quality and are a very good side as they showed against Dundalk on Sunday night. They only lost 2-1 to a team that was going for the league title. We haven’t scored against them this season so that shows the scale of the challenge that is ahead of us. But we’re going out to win even though we will be struggling squad wise with Damian McNulty and Gareth Harkin both suspended. Keith Cowan and Kevin McHugh are obviously out and I would rate Barry Molloy as extremely doubtful. It’s the same for Ruairi Keating who is just recovering from that ankle injured he picked up in Sligo. So I’ll likely have B.J. Banda, Gareth Doherty and Daire O’Baoill in the squad again. Gareth and Daire were both with us in Wexford and B.J. came on as a sub” Horgan said.

It will also be an opportunity to bid a big farewell to Kevin McHugh who is retiring from League of Ireland soccer after an outstanding career. When the two sides met in Ballybofey at the beginning of May it took an injury time penalty save by Ciaran Gallagher to get a very relieved Harps out of jail with a scoreless draw. Gallagher pushed away Anto Murphy’s 95th minute penalty in the only real excitement of a poor match. But there was no joy for Horgan’s men at Dalymount in early August as second half goals from Jake Kelly and Ismail Akinade gave the hosts all three points. With the pressure of Harps will now hope to end the season a high note with a victory against Bohs.




Suspended: Damian McNulty, Gareth Harkin

Unavailable: Josh Mailey

Injured: Keith Cowan, Kevin McHugh

Doubtful: Barry Molloy Ruairi Keating




Friday’s game will be the 73rd meeting of the two clubs, and the 34th to be played at Finn Park.


Total Games:       72 (33 at Finn Park)

Harps Wins:         19 (11 at Finn Park)

Bohemians Wins:  40 (13 at Finn Park)

Draws:                 13 (9 at Finn Park)

Harps Goals:        73 (39 at Finn Park)

Bohemians Goals: 127 (41 at Finn Park)



21-Feb-01          Finn Harps 1-1 Bohemians (Premier Division)

27-Apr-01          Bohemians 5-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

22-Apr-05          Bohemians 1-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

16-Jul-05           Finn Harps 1-3 Bohemians (Premier Division)

14-Oct-05          Bohemians 3-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

28-Mar-08          Bohemians 3-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

24-Jun-08          Finn Harps 0-2 Bohemians (Premier Division)

19-Sep-08         Bohemians 3-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

06-May-16         Finn Harps 0-0 Bohemians (Premier Division)

05-Aug-16         Bohemians 2-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)



05th August 2016.  DALYMOUNT PARK.  League of Ireland Premier Division.

Bohemian FC 2 Jake Kelly, Ismail Akinade

Finn Harps 0

Bohemians – Shane Supple; Derek Pender, Derek Prendergast, Stephen Best, Lorcan Fitzgerald; Roberto Lopes, Ian Morris (Eoin Wearen 63’), Mark Quigley; Kurtis Byrne (Jake Kelly 46’), Paddy Kavanagh, Ismail Akinade (Marco Chindea 90’).

Finn Harps: Richard Brush; Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Tommy McMonagle (David Scully 81’); Josh Mailey, Ethan Boyle (Ryan Curran 75’), Barry Molloy, Tony McNamee (Adam Hanlon 75’), Ciaran Coll; Sean Houston, Ruairi Keating.



Sean Houston – 7

Ryan Curran – 6

Sean Houston – 6

David Scully – 3

Kevin McHugh – 1

Damien McNulty – 1

Tony McNamee – 1

Ruairi Keating – 1

Adam Hanlon – 1

Josh Mailey – 1

Ethan Boyle – 1 (in League Cup)




Fri 04-Mar              Finn Harps 2-1 Derry City

Fri 11-Mar              Dundalk 3–0 Finn Harps

Mon 14-Mar           Finn Harps 0-1 Shamrock Rovers

Sat 19-Mar            Sligo Rovers 1-1 Finn Harps

Tue 22-Mar            Finn Harps 1-0 Cockhill Celtic (League Cup)

Sat 26-Mar            Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town

Fri 08-Apr              Galway United 1-0 Finn Harps

Mon 11-Apr            Finn Harps 1-2 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Fri 15-Apr              Finn Harps 1-0 Bray Wanderers

Mon 18-Apr            Galway United 0-0 Finn Harps (League Cup) – Galway won 4-2 on pens.

Fri 22-Apr              Cork City 3-1 Finn Harps

Fri 29-Apr              Wexford Youths 1-1 Finn Harps

Fri 06-May             Finn Harps 0-0 Bohemians

Tues 10-May         Derry City 2-2 Finn Harps

Fri 13-May             Finn Harps 0-7 Dundalk

Fri 20-May             Finn Harps 0-1 Crumlin United

Sun 29-May           Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Finn Harps

Fri 03-Jun              Finn Harps 3-0 Sligo Rovers

Sat 25-Jun             Longford Town 0-2 Finn Harps

Fri 08-Jul               Finn Harps 1-0 Galway United

Sat 16-Jul              Bray Wanderers 1-0 Finn Harps

Fri 29-Jul               Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths

Fri 05-Aug             Bohemians 2-0 Finn Harps

Fri12-Aug              Finn Harps 0-5 Derry City

Fri 26-Aug             Finn Harps 0-2 Shamrock Rovers

Mon 12-Sep           Dundalk 2-0 Finn Harps

Fri 16-Sep             Finn Harps 0-1 Longford Town

Mon 19-Sep           Finn Harps 0-1 Cork City

Sat 01-Oct             Galway Utd 3-2 Finn Harps

Tue 04-Oct            Sligo Rovers 0-0 Finn Harps

Fri 07-Oct              Finn Harps 2-1 Bray Wanderers

Tue 11-Oct            Finn Harps 1-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Fri 14-Oct              Cork City 2-0 Finn Harps

Fri 21-Oct              Wexford Youths 0-0 Finn Harps




Fri 28-Oct              Bohemians                      (h)


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