McCourt and Morrissey a doubt for Harps trip to Bray

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is expecting a big backlash from Bray Wanderers this Friday evening at the Carlisle Grounds (kick-off 7.45) following their loss to St. Patrick’s Athletic last weekend. “Bray have beaten us twice already this season and scored eight goals in those two games. Our cause certainly wasn’t helped by a couple of decisions that clearly should have been given our way in the first game against them up at the Carlisle Grounds. Horgan said ”One of those incidents was when play was allowed to continue leading to a Bray goal in the second half when Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher lay injured on the edge of his own penalty area. Gallagher wasn’t fit to continue and was replaced by Harry Doherty for the remainder of the game.

Horgan says that Harry Kenny will have his players well prepared for the Harps visit. “The Pat’s defeat will make them very determined to get the better of us tomorrow night. Harry Kenny has done a good job there and they have top players in the likes of Aaron Greene and Gary McCabe. Bray will be trying to build a bit of momentum for that big FAI Cup home game against Cork City in a couple of weeks’ time” Horgan said.

There was little time for Horgan to dwell on the Derry City defeat as he quickly turned the players’ attention to the game against Bray Wanderers. The focus has been on getting his own side mentally and physically focused to get at least a draw against a team that have been at the upper end of the table all season.

In team news Paddy McCourt is an injury doubt for tomorrow night’s game, having missed the Derry City game due to suspension while Danny Morrissey will be an absentee again due to that hamstring problem. Barry Molloy was an unused sub on Monday night against Derry due to an ongoing ankle problem but Horgan expects the veteran midfielder to be fit for selection. Goalkeeper Harry Doherty will not be part of the traveling squad having left the club by mutual consent after Monday night’s game against Derry. Harps remain fifth from bottom of the table (24 pts) ahead of St. Pat’s (23 pts), Galway (22 pts), Sligo (22 pts) and Drogheda who have been cut slightly adrift are on 18 points. Just above them are Bohemians (26 pts) and Limerick (28 pts).

Tomorrow night’s game will be refereed by Anthony Buttimer who also took charge when the two teams met at the Carlisle Grounds in that first clash, which Harps lost 5-3.


Team News

Suspended: None

Doubtful: Paddy McCourt

Injured: Danny Morrissey



19-Aug-05         Bray Wanderers 2-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

18-Nov-05         Finn Harps 2-4 Bray Wanderers (Premier Division)

04-Apr-08          Bray Wanderers 1-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

27-Jun-08          Finn Harps 1-0 Bray Wanderers (Premier Division)

26-Sep-08         Bray Wanderers 0-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

15-Apr-16          Finn Harps 1-0 Bray Wanderers (Premier Division)

16-Jul-16           Bray Wanderers 1-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

07-Oct-16          Finn Harps 2-1 Bray Wanderers (Premier Division)

03-Mar-17          Bray Wanderers 5-3 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

12-May-17         Finn Harps 0-3 Bray Wanderers (Premier Division)



Friday 12th May 2017.  Finn Park.  League of Ireland Premier Division.

Finn Harps 0

Bray Wanderers 3 Gary McCabe (7), Ryan Brennan (40), Aaron Greene (80)

Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Ethan Boyle, Damien McNulty (Mickey Funston 78), Kilian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll; Caolan McAleer Barry Molloy, Sean Houston, Paddy McCourt (Simon McGlynn 83), Gareth Harkin (Danny Morrissey 63); Ciaran O’Connor. Not used: Gareth Doherty, Kealan McDermott, Harry Doherty (Gk)

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Keith Buckley, Tim Clancy, Conor Kenna, Karl Moore; Ryan Brennan, Mark Salmon, John Sullivan (Anto Flood 45), Dylan Connolly; Aaron Greene, Gary McCabe (Jamie Aherne 83).


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

Mon-24Jul             Finn Harps 0-2 Derry City



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      Bohemians FC v Finn Harps, Dalymount Park


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