Finn Harps set to be at full strength for visit of cup winners Cork



There won’t be any easy games for Finn Harps in the 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division and it all kicks-off for Ollie Horgan’s outfit with a hugely difficult opener against Cork City in Ballybofey tomorrow night (kick-off 8.00). Harps survived last year after finishing ninth, but this season that won’t be good enough with three teams being automatically relegated.

The 2016 league runners-up and FAI Cup champions will go into this game as favourites to take the three points. Last season John Caufield’s men won all of their three league games against the Donegal outfit. The visitors have strengthened again ahead of this campaign. Horgan’s challenge has been to replace players like Richard Brush, Tony McNamee, Adam Hanlon, Dave Scully, Ryan Curran, Kevin McHugh and long term injury absentee Keith Cowan.

So it’s been an extremely tough few months for the boss who has brought in the likes of Danny Morrissey, Harry Doherty, Killian Cantwell, Jonny Bonner, Caolan McAleer and Ciaran O’Connor, while Barry Molloy has been persuaded to come out of retirement.

Earlier this week there was the news that former Celtic and Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt had been added to the squad.   So there has been a lot of additions in terms of attack minded players so Horgan will be looking to them to provide the threat as his charges look to defy the odds once more.

In team news Horgan has doubts over midfielders Gareth Harkin and Sean Houston both of whom have taken only a very limited part in the team’s preseason programme. A decision on the pair’s availability won’t be taken until just before the game. “We couldn’t have got a tougher start than Cork City who are a top side. John Caulfield has strengthened his squad significantly and they will definitely be in with a big shout to win the league this year. We lost three times against them last year so that shows you what we are up against” Horgan said.

The last meeting between the clubs took place in atrocious conditions as the heavens opened at Turner’s Cross back in October last year.  On that occasion goals from Kevin O’Connor and Stephen Dooley were enough to give the hosts the points.

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Suspended: None

Injured: None

Doubtful: Gareth Harkin Sean Houston

 

RECORD AGAINST CORK CITY (All Competitions)

Monday’s game will be the 39th meeting of the two clubs, and the 20th to be played in Finn Park.

 

Total Games:    38 (19 in Finn Park)

Harps Wins:      4 (3 in Finn Park)

Cork Wins:        24 (14 in Finn Park)

Draws:               9 (6 in Finn Park)

Harps Goals:    22 (14 in Finn Park)

Cork Goals:       62 (22 in Finn Park)

 

LAST 10 GAMES v CORK CITY

10-Oct-08       Cork City 1-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

30-Apr-10       Finn Harps 0-0 Cork City (First Division)

23-Jul-10        Cork City 2-1 Finn Harps (First Division)

15-Oct-10       Finn Harps 1-0 Cork City (First Division)

15-Apr-11       Cork City 5-0 Finn Harps (First Division)

02-Jul-11        Finn Harps 0-2 Cork City (First Division)

30-Sep-11      Cork City 5-2 Finn Harps (First Division)

22-Apr-16       Cork City 3-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

19-Sept-16     Finn Harps 0-1 Cork City (Premier Division)

14-Oct-16       Cork City 2-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

 

OUR LAST MEETING WITH CORK CITY

Friday 14th October 2016 League of Ireland Premier Division

Finn Harps 0

Cork City 1, Sean Maguire 70

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Steven Beattie, Alan Bennett, Kenny Browne, Kevin O’Connor (Dave Mulcahy 71); Garry Buckley, Greg Bolger; Stephen Dooley (Colin Healy 81), Gavan Holohan (Mark O’Sullivan 54), Karl Sheppard; Sean Maguire.

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Ethan Boyle, Damien McNulty, Josh Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Gareth Harkin; Mickey Funston (Tony McNamee 4), Barry Molloy (BJ Banda 64), Adam Hanlon; Dave Scully, Ryan Curran.

 

FINN HARPS REMAINING FIXTURES 2017

24-Feb, 8pm      Finn Harps v Cork City, Finn Park

03-Mar, 7.45pm                                       Bray Wanderers v Finn Harps, Carlisle Grounds

10-Mar, 8pm      Finn Harps v Galway United, Finn Park

13-Mar, 7.45pm                                       St Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps, Richmond Park

18-Mar, 2pm      Limerick v Finn Harps, Market Field

20 /21 Mar, TBC Finn Harps v Cockhill Celtic, Finn Park

25-Mar, 7.45pm                                       Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers, Finn Park

31-Mar, 8pm      Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps, Tallaght Stadium

07-Apr, 8pm       Finn Harps v Dundalk, Finn Park

14-Apr, 7.45pm Derry City v Finn Harps, Maginn Park

21-Apr, 8pm       Finn Harps v Drogheda United, Finn Park

28-Apr, 7.45pm Bohemian FC v Finn Harps, Dalymount Park

05-May, 7.45pm Cork City v Finn Harps, Turners Cross

12-May, 8pm     Finn Harps v Bray Wanderers, Finn Park

19-May, 7.45pm Galway United v Finn Harps, Eamonn Deacy Park

22/23 May, 8pm Finn Harps v St Patrick’s Athletic, Finn Park

26-May, 8pm     Finn Harps v Limerick, Finn Park

02-Jun, 7.45pm                                       Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps, Showgrounds

16-Jun, 8pm      Finn Harps v Shamrock Rovers, Finn Park

23-Jun, 7.45pm                                       Dundalk v Finn Harps, Oriel Park

30-Jun, 8pm      Finn Harps v Derry City, Finn Park

07-Jul, 7.45pm Drogheda United v Finn Harps, United Park

14-Jul, 8pm        Finn Harps v Bohemian FC, Finn Park

21-Jul, 8pm        Finn Harps v Cork City, Finn Park

28-Jul, 7.45pm Bray Wanderers v Finn Harps, Carlisle Grounds

04-Aug, 8pm      Finn Harps v Galway United, Finn Park

18-Aug, 7.45pm                                      St Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps, Richmond Park

02-Sep, 6.30pm                                      Limerick v Finn Harps, Market Field

15-Sep, 8pm      Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers, Finn Park

22-Sep, 8pm      Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps, Tallaght Stadium

07-Oct, 7.45pm Finn Harps v Dundalk, Finn Park

15-Oct, 2pm       Derry City v Finn Harps, Maginn Park

20-Oct, 8pm       Finn Harps v Drogheda United, Finn Park

27-Oct, 7.45pm Bohemian FC v Finn Harps, Dalymount Park

 

Finn Harps Squad Numbers 2017

Goalkeepers:

Ciaran Gallagher 1

Harry Doherty 26

Lee McCarron 21

 

Outfield:

Damien McNulty 2

Ciaran Coll 3

Kilian Cantwell 4

Packie Mailey 5

Gareth Harkin 6

Mickey Funston 7

Jonny Bonner 8

Danny Morrissey 9

Ciaran O’Connor 10

Caolan McAleer 11

Ciaran Kelly 12

Tommy McMonagle 14

Sean Houston 16

BJ Banda 17

Kealan McDermott 18

Barry Molloy 19

Paddy McCourt 20

Ethan Boyle 22

Gareth Doherty 23

Simon McGlynn 25

Dylan McCroary 30

Nathan Clifford 33

Shane Blaney 36

 

 

Compiled by Finn Harps Media Team.  Email: [email protected]

 



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