Harps could be down as many as nine players for Bohs trip

A once again under strength Finn Harps side will be stretched to get anything from their League of Ireland Premier Division game against Bohemians at Dalymount Park on this Friday night (kick-off 7.45). That is despite Bohs being a place and a point behind Harps in the table. While manager Ollie Horgan is not in the habit of making excuses, the fact is that his squad has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks.

That has actually forced Horgan to start players like Barry Molloy and Paddy McCourt who were far from fully fit to play in last Friday night’s loss to Drogheda United at Finn Park. Harps are also away next week to runaway Premier league leaders Cork City so that will also takes its toll on the part-time outfit. “It’s well documented the number of injuries we have had recently but I didn’t use that as an excuse for the manner of our defeat to Drogheda last Friday night. That performance was just not good enough. And if we don’t up it a good bit Bohemians will leave us going home with nothing” Horgan said.

The Harps boss feels that come the business end of the season Bohs won’t be in the scrap against the drop. “I believe Bohemians are in a false position at the moment and won’t be in the relegation battle right at the end of the season. They have the experience of Lorcan Fitzgerald and Derek Pender. For me Shane Supple is the best keeper in the league and then there is the likes of Jamie Doyle who is a very fine player.”

There is little improvement on injury front for Harps with Danny Morrissey, Ciaran O’Connor, Jonny Bonner, B.J. Banda, Packie Mailey, Harry Doherty, Eddie Dsane, Barry Molloy and Paddy McCourt all still receiving treatment. “We’re no better than last week really. The reality is we have to put a team out. Paddy McCourt and Barry Molloy didn’t train during the week so I’m just hoping that we can patch them up for Friday night.”



Suspended:  None

Injured: Danny Morrissey, Jonny Bonner, Harry Doherty, Packie Maiiley, B.J. Banda, Ciaran O’Connor

Doubtful: Paddy McCourt, Barry Molloy, Eddie Dsane



Friday’s game will be the 74th meeting of the two clubs, and the 38th to be played at Dalymount Park.

Total Games:       73 (37 at Dalymount Park)

Harps Wins:         20 (8 at Dalymount Park)

Bohemians Wins:  40 (26 at Dalymount Park)

Draws:                 13 (3 at Dalymount Park)

Harps Goals:        74 (32 at Dalymount Park)

Bohemians Goals: 127 (83 at Dalymount Park)



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)

28-Oct-16          Finn Harps 1-0 Bohemians (Premier Division)



28th October 2016.  Finn Park.  League of Ireland Premier Division.

Finn Harps 1 (Ryan Curran, 44)

Bohemian FC 0

Finn Harps – Richard Brush; Ethan Boyle, Packie Mailey, Thomas McMonagle, Ciaran Coll; Michael Funston (Dave Scully 75), Barry Molloy, Tony McNamee (Daire Ó Baoill 89), Ryan Curran; Sean Houston; Ruairi Keating (BJ Banda 82).

Bohemian FC – Dean Delaney; Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Derek Pendergast (Ian Morris 62), Lorcan Fitzgerald; Keith Buckley, Roberto Lopes, Eoin Wearan Patrick Kavanagh; Mark Quigley, Kurtis Byrne.


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

Mon 16-Apr            Finn Harps 0-1 Sligo Rovers (EA Sports Cup)

Fri 21-Apr              Finn Harps 0-2 Drogheda United



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]