Harps looking to edge closer to safety as neighbours Derry come to Finn Park

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan says that his side will need to be at their best to get anything from tomorrow night’s northwest derby against Derry City in Ballybofey (kick-off 8pm).  It’s a huge match for both clubs with the hosts looking to extend their recent unbeaten run to three games but that will be a tall order against the Candystripes who will come to Finn Park looking for a win that would strengthen their bid further for European football again next season.

Kenny Shiels’s side will make the short journey boosted by an excellent 1-0 over Bohemians on Friday night.  Horgan has to plan without striker Danny Morrissey who picked up that hamstring injury in the win over Bohemians while there are doubts over both Barry Molloy and Ethan Boyle and the club is awaiting news on whether any suspensions kick-in for the Derry game. “We’ll have to make at least one change from the Bohs match with Danny Morrissey out. Barry Molloy is struggling again with an ankle injury and Ethan Boyle is not fully recovered yet after having had to pull out just before that same game against Bohs. We are also awaiting news from the FAI on whether we have any suspensions for tomorrow night’s game” Horgan said.

Harps did have that fine 2-0 over the Candystripes in the middle of April but that is now history as far as Horgan is concerned and that is something that he has been instilling in the players in the build-up to the Northwest derby.  “That was a great three points for us at Maginn Park but that is gone now and we must be fully focused on tomorrow night’s game otherwise Derry will win. You can’t forget that Derry, the last time they were here beat us 5-0. If they are at their best it’s going to be very difficult for us to get anything from the game. Derry had a good win over Bohs on Friday night and are well on their way to qualifying for European football again” Horgan said.






Doubtful: Barry Molloy (ankle), Ethan Boyle

Injured:    Danny Morrissey (hamstring)




04-May-10 Derry City 2-0 Finn Harps – First Division

10-May-10 Derry City 2-0 Finn Harps – League Cup

30-Jul-10 Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City – First Division

22-Oct-10 Derry City 2-2 Finn Harps – First Division

09-Apr-12 Derry City 4- 0 Finn Harps – League Cup

25-May-12 Derry City 4-0 Finn Harps – FAI Cup

20-May-13 Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City – League Cup

04-Mar-16 Finn Harps 1-0 Derry City – Premier Division

10-May-16        Derry City 2-2 Finn Harps – Premier Division

12-Aug-16 Finn Harps 0-5 Derry City – Premier Division

14-Apr-17 Derry City 0-2 Finn Harps – Premier Division




14th April 2017.  Maginn Park. 

League of Ireland Premier Division.


FINN HARPS 2 (Banda 45, Funston 82)

Derry City – Gerard Doherty, Conor McDermott, Scott Whiteside, Aaron Barry, Dean Jarvis; Lucas Schubert (Mark Timlin 55), Aaron McEneff, Nicky Low, Joshua Daniels (Ben Doherty 78); Kennedy (Nathan Boyle 55), Curtis.

Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher, Damian McNulty, Kilian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll, Gareth Harkin; Nathan Boyle, Barry Molloy (Packie Mailey 90), Paddy McCourt (Mickey Funston 58), Jonny Bonner (B.J. Banda 22), Caolan McAleer; Sean Houston. Not used: Gareth Doherty, Simon McGlynn, Tommy McMonagle, Harry Doherty (Gk).


FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2017 (All competitions)

Ciaran O’Connor – 5

Sean Houston – 5 (1 EA Sports Cup)

Danny Morrissey – 4

Caolan McAleer – 2

Jonny Bonner – 2 (2 EA Sports Cup)

Eddie Dsane – 2

Ethan Boyle – 1

Kilian Cantwell – 1

Paddy McCourt – 1

BJ Banda – 1

Michael Funston – 1

Barry Molloy – 1

Packie Mailey – 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

Fri 19-May   Galway United 2-1 Finn Harps

Mon 22-May Finn Harps 3-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Fri 26-May   Finn Harps 3-2 Limerick

Fri 2-Jun      Sligo Rovers 0-0 Finn Harps

Fri 16-Jun    Finn Harps 0-1 Shamrock Rovers

Fri 23-Jun                             Dundalk 4-0 Finn Harps

Fri 07-July                             Drogheda Utd 0-2 Finn Harps

Fri 14-Jul     Finn Harps 2-1 Bohemian FC



24-Jul, 8pm Finn Harps v Derry City, Finn Park

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

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

11-Aug, 8pm                         Finn Harps v Bohemian FC, Finn Park

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

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

01-Sep, 7.45pm                     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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