Harps welcome Bohs to Ballybofey in first round of the cup this evening

Despite doubts over a number of players Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is still relishing the challenge of this Friday night’s big Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round clash against Bohemians in Ballybofey (kick-off 8.00). It will be the third meeting of the two teams this season with a win each the record to date. Horgan has confirmed that the versatile Gareth Harkin will be missing due to a back injury while Danny Morrissey is still recovering from the hamstring problem that forced him off when Harps had a 2-1 league win over Bohs at Finn Park last month. Eddie Dsane is a big doubt after an illness that kept the in-form striker in hospital last weekend and Pascal Millien picked up a groin strain in training on Wednesday night.

“We’ve been here before in terms of a number of injuries but the lads are still looking forward to the different challenge of a cup game. Bohs are a very good side so I know the challenge is big but we have to bounce back after the disappointing defeat in the league to Galway last Friday night. Unfortunately, Gareth Harkin is out because of the back injury that forced him to come off in the first half of the Galway game. Danny Morrissey is still coming back from the hamstring injury and then Pascal Millien picked up a groin strain during the training last night. We have a few other lads with niggles that they have been struggling with but hopefully they should all right for tomorrow night. Eddie Dsane only got out of hospital on Tuesday so it would be a big ask for him to play against Bohs” Horgan said.

The Harps boss says Bohemians is a side that are well capable of defeating the top teams in the Premier Division. “Bohs proved their pedigree by the two wins they had against Cork City and Shamrock Rovers in quick succession. They are still well enough positioned to have a go at getting a place in Europe. I have no doubt as well that Keith Long and Trevor Crolly would be looking at getting a run in the FAI Cup. We have a great opportunity with home advantage to progress but it will be mighty tough against Bohs who will punish us if we’re not at the top of our game. Derek Pender didn’t play against us in the last game in Ballybofey and will be a huge asset to them. They pose a serious threat in attack with the likes of Dinny Corcoran who put them ahead at Finn Park when we met last month. George Poynton and Keith Ward are quality players that we need to close down. Akinade is a real handful up front and we very lucky to hold on for the win against them after he came on as a sub. There is no replay so it really sets it for a potentially very entertaining and competitive cup game” Horgan said.






Injured: Danny Morrissey, Gareth Harkin

Doubtful: Eddie Dsane, Pascal Millien



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)

28-Apr-17      Bohemians 2-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)

14-Jul-17        Finn Harps 2-1 Bohemians (Premier Division)



14th July 2017.  Finn Park.  League of Ireland Premier Division.

Finn Harps 2 Dsane 34, Houston 58

Bohemian FC 1 Corcoran 28

Finn Harps – Ciaran Gallagher; Damien McNulty, Kilian Cantwell, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Caolan McAleer, Barry Molloy, Sean Houston, Gareth Harkin, Eddie Dsane (Ibrahim Keita 84); Danny Morrisey (Paddy McCourt 42). Not used: Harry Doherty (Gk), Jonny Bonner, Pascal Millien, Tommy McBride, Simon McGlynn

Bohemians – Shane Supple; Rob Cornwall, Daniel Byrne, Dan Casey, Lorcan Fitzgerald (Ishmail Akinade 75); George Poynton, Keith Ward, Philip Gannon, Faud Sule (Oscar Brennan 64), Ian Morris; Dinny Corcoran.


FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2017 (All competitions)

Ciaran O’Connor – 5

Sean Houston – 5 (1 EA Sports Cup)

Danny Morrissey – 4

Eddie Dsane – 4

Caolan McAleer – 2

Jonny Bonner – 2 (2 EA Sports Cup)

Ethan Boyle – 1

Kilian Cantwell – 1

Paddy McCourt – 1

BJ Banda – 1

Michael Funston – 1

Barry Molloy – 1

Packie Mailey – 1

Ibrahim Keita – 1

Mark Timlin – 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

Fri-28 Jul            Bray Wanderers 2-3 Finn Harps

Fri-4 Aug            Finn Harps 1-3 Galway United



11-Aug, 8pm      Finn Harps v Bohemian FC, Finn Park (FAI Cup)

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


Compiled by Finn Harps Media Team, [email protected]