Cup clash for Harps and Rovers on Monday

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan will have to make changes to his starting 11 for the second round EA Sports Cup clash with Sligo Rovers in Ballybofey (kick-off 6pm) following the injuries sustained by Jonny Bonny, Barry Molloy and Paddy McCourt in Friday night’s league win over Derry City at Maginn Park. Strikers Ciaran O’Connor and Danny Morrissey have missed the last two games due to hamstring problems while Eddie Dsane didn’t feature against the Candystripes because of a back injury. Caolan McAleer misses the Sligo game due to suspension. Horgan also has an eye on next Friday night’s home Premier Division game against Drogheda United as he finalises his starting team for the Sligo game.

“Its looking like we will be down a lot of bodies for the game against Sligo Rovers. First of all Caolan McAleer is out because of a suspension. There was a big downside to the win over Derry because of the injuries picked up by Paddy McCourt, Barry Molloy and Jonny Bonner. Danny Morrissey and Ciaran O’Connor have been out for the past couple of weeks and Eddie Dsane couldn’t play on Friday night because of a back problem. There is also the league game to come against Drogheda next Friday night but we just have to get on with it. So there will be changes for the Sligo game and it is a chance for other players to come in and make a claim for regular places in the team,” Horgan said.

The Harps boss is expecting a very competitive game against Sligo where Declan McIntyre is now caretaker manager following the departure of Dave Robertson. McIntyre is a former Harps player and also had a goalkeeping coaching role at the Donegal club. Last month Harps snatched a big three points against Sligo in Ballybofey thanks to a very late Ciaran O’Connor goal. “Sligo will be coming to Ballybofey to win especially after the way they lost to us in the league game last month. So it’s going to be a real battle to get a win against them. They have a lot of really talented players so we need to be up for the challenge. With the injury list we have at the moment there will be changes and it’s up to the lads coming in to take their chance and give us a decent chance of getting through to the next round,” Horgan said.



Suspended: Caolan McAleer

Injured: Ciaran O’Connor, Danny Morrissey, Jonny Bonner, Barry Molloy, Paddy McCourt, Eddie Dsane





Saturday’s game will be the 116th meeting of the two clubs

Total Games:    115 (61 at Finn Park)

Harps Wins:      47 (21 at Finn Park)

Rovers Wins:    38 (20 at Finn Park)

Draws:        30 (13 at Finn Park)

Harps Goals:     184 (104 at Finn Park)

Rovers Goals:   161 (79 at Finn Park)



07-May-07 Finn Harps 3-2 Sligo Rovers (League Cup)

25-Apr-08 Finn Harps 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Premier Division)

19-Jul-08  Sligo Rovers 4-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

17-Oct-08 Finn Harps 0-2 Sligo Rovers (Premier Division)

04-May-09 Sligo Rovers 4-1 Finn Harps (League Cup)

27-Aug-10 Finn Harps 0-1 Sligo Rovers (FAI Cup)

20-Mar-16 Sligo Rovers 1-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

03-Jun-16         Finn Harps 3-0 Sligo Rovers (Premier Division)

04-Oct-16 Sligo Rovers 0-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

25-Mar-17         Finn Harps 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Premier Division)



25th March 2017.  Finn Park.  SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

FINN HARPS 2 Kilian Cantwell (68), Ciaran O Connor (94)

SLIGO ROVERS 1 Raffaele Cretaro (59)

Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Damian McNulty (Eddie Dsane 66), Ciaran Coll, Kilian Cantwell, Gareth Harkin; Caolan McAleer, Ethan Boyle, Jonny Bonner, Sean Houston, Danny Morrisey (Michael Funston 90+5); Ciaran O’Connor. Not used: B.J. Banda, Simon McGlynn, Packie Mailey, Tommy McMonagle, Harry Doherty (Gk).

Sligo Rovers – Micheál Schlingermann; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Mick Leahy, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Liam Martin; John Russell, Chris Kenny, Craig Roddan, Kieran Sadlier; Jonah Ayunga (Mathew Stevens 71), Raffaele Cretaro (Mikey Place 86).



FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2017 (All competitions)


Ciaran O’Connor – 4

Sean Houston – 4 (1 EA Sports Cup)

Jonny Bonner – 2 (2 EA Sports Cup)

Ethan Boyle – 1

Kilian Cantwell – 1

Caolan McAleer – 1

Paddy McCourt – 1

BJ Banda – 1

Michael Funston – 1





Fri 24-Feb    Finn Harps 0-1 Cork City

Fri 03-Mar    Bray Wanderers 5–3 Finn Harps

Fri 10-Mar    Finn Harps 1-1 Galway Utd

Mon 13-Mar                          St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-2 Finn Harps

Sat 18-Mar  Limerick 1-1 Finn Harps

Sat 25-Mar  Finn Harps 2-1 Sligo Rovers

Fri 31-Mar                             Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Finn Harps

Mon 03-Apr                           Finn Harps 3-1 Cockhill Celtic (EA Sports Cup)

Fri 07-Apr    Finn Harps 0-2 Dundalk

Fri 14-Apr    Derry City 0-2 Finn Harps



16-Apr, 6pm Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers, Finn Park (EA Sports Cup)

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

28-Apr, 7.45pm                     Bohemians 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


Compiled by Finn Harps Media Team, [email protected]