Harps host Mayo in EA Sports Cup opener

Finn Harps are back in action this evening in the first round of the EA Sports Cup when Ollie Horgan’s outfit host the Mayo League in Ballybofey (kick-off 7.45). Horgan never underestimates any opposition and he has urged his players not to be complacent against the visitors. “The Mayo League deserves respect and while we will be expected to get the better of them that will only be done if our lads have the right frame of mind going into the game. They have some decent players. A few of them played for Manulla when we were down there for a pre-season friendly last month. The likes of Chris Maughan and James O’Donnell who played for Athlone Town for a while are good players. They also have a couple of young lads that were with the Sligo U19s” Horgan said.

The manager has confirmed that Keith Cowan (hamstring), Paddy McCourt (groin) and B.J. Banda (knee) won’t feature against Mayo while there are doubts over skipper Ciaran Coll who is still troubled by an ankle injury and Gareth Harkin who was an unused sub last Friday night due to a knee problem. Eric Whelan continues to be unavailable because of a groin injury.


Injured: Eric Whelan, Paddy McCourt, Keith Cowan, B.J. Banda

Doubtful: Ciaran Coll, Gareth Harkin

Suspended: None

Unavailable none: