Out-of-form Harps looking to turn things around in Galway

Finn Harps travel to take on Galway United tomorrow evening, with manager Ollie Horgan looking for a much more disciplined performance defensively in an attempt to get a result at Eamonn Deacy Park (kick-off 7.45).  While Harps haven’t scored a goal in the last four matches that saw them drop to bottom of the League of Ireland Premier Division table the manager has, if anything, more concerned about the frailties at the back.

“While they are bottom of the table with ourselves, Galway are going to be very difficult with the form they are in at the moment. They had a great win over Dundalk and probably should have beaten Cork last Friday night. It’s going to be difficult without a doubt to get a result down there but we’ll have to really tighten up defensively to get anything from the game. In the last match between us at Finn Park back in March, Galway really gave us the run around in the second half. We were lucky to get a draw that night. The likes of Ronan Murray and Kevin Devaney are really top standard players. I feel that Galway are in a completely false position with the squad of players that they have.” Horgan said.

In team news, the Harps boss confirmed that both Packie Mailey and Jonny Bonner have returned to training but neither player is expected to start tomorrow night due to a lack of match fitness. Meanwhile, Paddy McCourt, who has played with a hip problem over the past month may be pressed into action again although Horgan says the ex-Celtic man will need a rest at some stage.  Eddie Dsane and B.J. Banda remain on the long term absentee list.


Team News

Injured: Eddie Dsane, B.J. Banda

Doubtful: Paddy McCourt

Unavailable: None

Suspended: None



05-May-14     Galway FC 1-0 Finn Harps (League Cup)

16-May-14     Galway FC 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)

18-Jul-14        Finn Harps 0-0 Galway FC (First Division)

20-Sep-14      Galway FC 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)

09-Mar-15      Galway United 3-2 Finn Harps (League Cup)

08-Apr-16      Galway United 1-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

18-Apr-16      Galway United 0-0 Finn Harps (4-2 on penalties) (League Cup)

8-Jul-16          Finn Harps 1-0 Galway United (Premier Division)

29-Oct-16      Galway United 3-2 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

10-Mar-17      Finn Harps 1-1 Galway United (Premier Division)



10th March 2017. Finn Park. League of Ireland Premier Division.

Finn Harps 1, Sean Houston 28

Galway Utd 1, Kevin Devaney 46

Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Ethan Boyle, Packie Mailey, Kilian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll; Caolan McAleer, Barry Molloy, Paddy McCourt, Sean Houston; Eddie Dsane, Ciaran O’Connor. Subs: Gareth Harkin for McCourt 59 mins, Danny Morrissey for O’Connor 59 mins, Jonny Bonner for Dsane 70 mins.

Galway United: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Lee Grace, Stephen Folan, Mark Ludden; Gavan Holohan, David Crawley, Alex Byrne, Kevin Devaney (Gary Shanahan 90); Ronan Murray (Conor Melody 85); Vinny Faherty (Padraic Cunningham 81).


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

Fri 28-Apr           Bohemian FC 2-0 Finn Harps

Fri 5-May            Cork City 5-0 Finn Harps

Fri 12-May          Finn Harps 0-3 Bray Wanderers



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


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